(Closed) Cost of Books?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 47
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519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

$300 sounds pretty cheap for books. I always used amazon.com then sold them back to the college bookstore. I sometimes would get back what I had spent on it. You can sell them back to amazon as well.  Honestly, by my senior year I rarely bought the books anyway. Even the “required” ones were never needed, so maybe you should wait and see what you will need for sure. You could also find a classmate to share the book with. This worked for me in a couple of classes when the book was ridiculous. 

Post # 48
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

When I was going to school my mom discovered that we could purchase international text books (the exact same book) brand new for WAY cheaper than anything else. I was a math/science major and I think the most expensive one we purchased was organic chem and it was maybe $50. My Statistics and diffrential equation books were both under $30. They are cheaper because they are paper back and not as “high” quality…but its the exact same book.

I will warn you though…they all say NOT FOR USE IN US, but no one ever said one word to me about it.

Hope This Helps

Post # 49
Hostess
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I was a double major (Business and Public Relations). While the PR books were often available used the business books were typically updated yearly so you didn’t get used book credits or buy back credits. I would spend over $1,000 on books every quarter thanks to those damn business books!

Post # 50
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2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I feel fortunate that my school has a book rental system that’s included in tuition for $150. For that $150, I get to rent all the books I need for the semester and return them when I’m done. It saves me a lot of stress and money, and I think every college should have that option. Colleges love to suck as much money as they can from students though, which I HATE.

Post # 52
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257 posts
Helper bee

Does anyone rent their textbooks?? they usually come out a LOT cheaper and sometimes my textbooks come to me BRAND SPANKIN NEW

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is why I love being a English major, from shopping on Amazon, used barnes and noble and book renter my total came to under $200 this year 🙂  But books are ridiculous, even e-books!  I hate how they feel the need to dry out our pockets even more after tuition 🙁

Post # 54
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326 posts
Helper bee

It sounds so expensive in the US! Here (Ireland) there are reccomended books but we don’t have to buy any if we don’t want to. My boyfriend is top of his class and has never bought a book. Books are cheaper here too. We get the ‘international editions’ which are essentially the same books as are sold in america but significantly cheaper. I’m studying medicine and managed to get 4 books (newest editions) for around 200. 

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