Book Bargaining At Its Finest
Moving week is rough. Besides hauling stuff and organizing to get settled within your new college habitat, there’s the notion of buying books. What’s really unsettling is purchasing a textbook that might not be really needed for your class for an inordinate amount of money.
The sad truth is that sometimes professors will request these materials and you’ll spend a fortune, only to not open the book once! It’s safe to say parents and students alike aren’t particularly fond of this process. Let’s not forget the college tuition (or on-campus housing) in addition to these astronomical costs.
Unfortunately, this is a financial hump most students must deal with; especially in today’s economic state it’s substantially harder on college students. Here’s some ways to take some heat off your wallets:
Do Some Research
Before waiting to get a copy of the materials in class, check in online to see if your professors posted what you will need for the course in your college communication site or email. Check with your bookstore to see how much the books will cost and make sure that they are offering you the best price.
Make Class Buddies
If you didn’t have the time to take prior precautions mentioned beforehand and noticed some of your classmates already purchased the textbooks, ask them if they wouldn’t mind splitting the cost with you. It would be a win-win! Of course, make sure the person you are sharing this book with is somewhat reliable.
Another option would be to copy the pages needed to read for the exam, although that wouldn’t be the most “green” approach. Scanning the readings or assignments into your computer might be a better idea.
In addition to all of the above, it may even be a productive and friendly idea to designate this person as your study partner.
Ask the Professor
You can simply ask your professor if he or she has an extra textbook lying around somewhere. You never know. Assuming the professor has been teaching this subject various semesters beforehand, it would be a smart assumption that they would utilize the same textbook. Even if the book is an older edition, it typically has the same information.
Sell Back Your Book
Okay, so you bought the book used or for full-price at the store. You’re a little annoyed. Don’t fret, there are opportunities at the end of the semester to sell back your book. Again, do your research!
Ask your bookstore and other companies buying books back on campus, what they would offer you. Don’t rule out the Internet either. Students might be searching for your book for a cheaper price just like you did, check out if you can make more money back using the same sites mentioned above. Happy Book Bargaining!