College textbooks are so expensive! Where can I go to get them cheaper?
After recently signing up for all my classes for my first semester of college, my jaw dropped when I saw my book list and prices. Each book is no cheaper than $80 and some go up to $300. I know knowledge is power, but does it have to be so expensive? Anyway, I'm searching for any good stores, websites, etc. that would help me find these books I need for hopefully a cheaper price. #textbooks #collegebooks #college
Hello - I'm a few years out of college, but I remember facing those same challenges! I used Chegg to rent/buy textbooks for much cheaper. I don't recommend purchasing them at the bookstore at your college, because you can almost always find them cheaper online. My college also had a Facebook group where people would post books for sale. If you have friends who are taking the same class as you, but at a different time, you could share a textbook. Just make sure you can rely on the friend to share the textbook with you and you can arrange your schedules to have the book when you need it.
Megan recommends the following next steps:
This is a very common issue most students face as they enter college. As mentioned above, join a fb group in which you connect with students one year senior to you. They might be selling them for a lower price once they finish using. And amazon has books for rent or used books for a lower price. Some books can be downloaded via torrent or from a fb group as an e book if you can manage without a hard copy.
Pramuditha recommends the following next steps:
I have found that amazon has many books "for rent" meaning you pay around $20 to borrow a book for the semester and then they cover the shipping cost for you to send it back at the end of the semester. There are many used book stores/websites you could use. Also, people within your class' FB group may be selling their books from other classes, so that may be a good place to check!
Be sure to check out FB marketplace for people selling their used books on campus. Also, I would utilize Barnes and Noble campus bookstores because if you decide to drop your class, they will give you a full refund as long as you return the book before your college's last drop date for the semester. That way, if you decide to drop a class, you can get all your money back for the textbook.