Instead of buying your textbook directly from the bookstore, why not try using third party sites like Amazon.com, half.com, or buddycampus.com. Using these 3rd party vendors will guarantee you a cheaper textbook. In some cases you can save over $100's of dollars if you just apply the methods in this tutorial.
Things to Consider
- You can't find every textbook on sale via the web, however you can still save.
- Don't expect to find a pristine new edition of your book for cheap online.
- You may have to settle with paperback.
- If you settle for an international edition, make sure it has the same content as the normal edition.
- Ask your professor if using an older edition of a textbook is okay or if you can do with an older edition and just use the library reserve of the textbook as a reference to new homework problems.
I've personally been able to save hundreds of dollars by purchasing books from 3rd party vendors. I do wish I knew about it when I was a freshmen. If you follow these simple steps you can more than likely save thousands of dollars by the time you graduate.