(Closed) Cost of Books?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Omgbunnies:  I think testing the waters is a great idea. It will make you feel more comfortable, and you can always return them if they’re unnecessary. Just be open minded because just because the prof says you need the book doesn’t mean you have to have it. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yup I’m starting the nursing program soon and cost of all our required books are over $1200.

Post # 35
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I buy my books used, and it still costs me several hundred a semester, and I’m only in two classes…

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m furious with our bookstore manager – I got my book order in ages ago and it’s the exact same books I’ve used in these classes for years. But, he took his time putting the order in, and it looks like he wasn’t able to get any used copies. Ridiculous. I am livid. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My university bookstore is actually cheaper than Chegg this year. I was shocked.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m starting nursing school and our books used from the bookstore are about $1000 I’ve managed to only buy 3 of the required 10 books from the bookstore for around $400. I get most of my books on amazon.com half.com or eBay.  Plus I usually sell them back to the bookstore for more than what I paid. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That was worded funny. I bought 7 books online and 3 in the bookstore lol

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Since books are so expensive, I started seeking out professors that didn’t use any. My favorite professor actually ended up being one who didn’t use books at all.

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Omgbunnies:  I know what you mean, just one of my books was $193.00

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Yeah, I always got the previous editions off Amazon.com.  🙂  But as a history major, I could do that.  Things didn’t change that much between editions – just the layout of the pictures, usually!  I remember my first semester of college was over $800… and I never bought books at the bookstore again!

Post # 46
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Something else you can look into, is “old ” editions of textbooks. The textbook companies make money by making a new edition every 2-3 years or more, and sometimes there are very few changes. Sometimes you can even google or find on amazon the differences between the newest edition listed out. If its something minor, or something that doesnt change much over the years (ie algebra) then an older edition can be much cheaper. An example, a few semesters ago I took biomedical ethics, and bought a prior edition for $20ish, versus the NEW edition for $80ish. The difference was only 1 chapter; which covered stem cell research. We hardly even covered that chp in class and it didnt matter. Huge savings! Done that for several other  courses, a few page # may be off, few pics different, but often the differences are subtle and not ground breaking.  I am in graduate school for nursing, and have spent between $200-600 every semester on books.. sell back the ones your barely used as soon as possible to recoup as much money, as they will be harder to make money once a new edition comes out. Good luck!! =o)

 

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