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Best place (online) to buy used textbooks?

Asked by Perchik (4925 points ) July 11th, 2007

It seems, that as my course numbers go up (math 541 for example) the price tag for the book goes up significantly. Buying my books this semester from the school book store would set me back about 800$. Buying used from amazon drops me down to about 600$. Are there any sites you swear by for great deals? Thanks in advance!

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sferik's avatar

I would recommend using a price comparison site like AddAll, which searches for the best price of a book across dozens of online stores. I have found that there isn't one single online store that consistently has the lowest price (it depends on the particular book). However, keep in mind that you may ultimately want to place your order from a single online store to save on shipping costs.

cooksalot's avatar

Try ABEbook.com. There are several vender's that specialize in text books and the competition to under sell each other always works to your benefit.

mirza's avatar

eBay.com is the way to go. my sister buys all her college books form ebay and get them for really cheap. for example she had to buy a marketting essentials book that has a retail price of about $375 - she got it at ebay for $40 which is a good bargain.All bidding on a book can lower the cost

Evan's avatar

i really like campusbooks.com - that may just be because i like price comparison websites a lot better.. but they do a pretty good job, and their website is kinda fun. ;-)

sferik's avatar

TextBookFlix is an interesting, new way to get textbooks. As the name suggests, it's Netflix for textbooks. However, unlike Netflix, there is no monthly subscription fee. You just pay a one-time fee for each book you use each semester.

The service is currently in an invite-only beta. To get access, you need to sign up for the waiting list. In the meantime, you can search through the catalog and calculate prices.

fl0w's avatar

All those sites still never compare to the selection and (usually) great price of Amazon.com

nir17's avatar

Half.com It’s run by ebay and pretty easy to use. I usually find things pretty cheap on there, and sometimes even sell them for more than I paid, if I sell/buy during the right time!

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