The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 53
Published: October 3 2012
It’s that time of year again, and if you’re like many students here, your checking account is reeling from the purchase of textbooks for the quarter. Hopefully they get used for more than one class period, and were actually necessary to buy.
You’d think there would be a better way to do this.
Wouldn’t it be nice if professors could acquire some kind of e-book that the class could share, or if the library had lots of copies of textbooks for really popular classes? Something like that?
But we have no such luck. And until that utopian future becomes a reality, we’ll just have to hunt for bargains. Here’s the best advice we can come up with:
First of all, don’t pay full price anywhere. We all know about that certain place on campus that charges $4.48 for sticky notes and $8.68 for four AA batteries. So unless you’re craving one-stop shopping for your ‘SPU Dad” t-shirt and your textbooks, don’t look beyond their “Purchase Books Online” link on Banner. Just nab that ISBN number and scram.
Sometimes you can find sweet deals on used books on Amazon.com, and sometimes you can’t. It’s the same with other big websites like Half.com, which is actually a subsidiary of eBay designed for people who are afraid of eBay.
Those prices can be sorted on Bookswapped.com, which searches popular online vendors for the best price on the textbook of your choice. ‘Acceptable’ is always an acceptable condition for used books.
You can then cut that price in half by sharing a book with someone else in the class, if you’re responsible enough. Or borrow it from someone who already took the class and still has it.
Or maybe it’s available at the library. All you have to do then is beat the other chumps in your class to it.
Basically, it’s time well spent to shop and finagle around for a good deal on textbooks. Good luck next quarter.
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