Textbook Prices Too High?



Have you ever wondered why college textbooks are so expensive?

Spending over $100 for a textbook may seem outrageous, especially if you’re used to spending $10-$25 for a novel. More than half of college textbooks nowadays are “bundled” with additional instructional material that most professors don’t  require for their class such as study guides, workbooks, and CD-ROMs. It is nearly impossible for students to purchase the textbook alone, and they end up spending more money than they need to because of the additional material that is included with the textbook.

No worries, though. There are plenty of ways to save money on your college textbooks.

First, if you’re going to buy from the campus bookstore, try going for a used book instead of a new one. The used textbooks tend to be about $15 cheaper than a new one. You could also buy textbooks from a friend or fellow classmate if they have the one that you need! You will most likely get a good deal that way.

If the bookstore prices are still a little pricey, try shopping online! Websites such as Amazon, eBay and Half.com have your textbooks for much less! Another great way to save money on your textbooks is by renting them instead of purchasing them. Chegg. com is a great site for renting your textbooks and saving hundreds of dollars. They also buy textbooks, so you can sell your old ones that you don’t need any more.  The COS bookstore also offers rental books.

Remember, college textbooks can be quite pricey but you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on them. Smart shopping is easy, you just have to look.

3 thoughts on “Textbook Prices Too High?

  1. Students can benefit from a price comparison website such as FindersCheapers.com that specializes in used, rental and new textbook price comparison. Price comparison websites will search the book inventories of 1,000’s of online booksellers and return the cheapest prices found along with free shipping offers and textbook coupons. More info on saving textbook dollars can be found here:

  2. I’ve never heard of finderscheapers, I’ve used amazon and half.com for forever, but then I jumped on the price comparison bandwagon also. I use bigwords.com. They are a fun site, funny facebook and they compare all the big textbook sites. Biggest advice really is just to stay the heck away from the campus bookstore.

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