Saving on College textbooks?
June 23 2008 at 11:42 AM
I broke down and enrolled at the community college. Finishing out at the 4-year was waaay too much money. Here, I will only have to take 7-8 classes max depending on what transfers and will have my 2-year degree (2 Business classes, 4-5 Accounting classes-might get credit for a class and maybe one humanities class if nothing I have will count). A 2-yr is fine; it won't help my career any more to ahve a 4-yr at this late date. Besides, it's more so I can say I actually finished, you know???
Anyway, I haven't bought books in a few years, so I know there are more options. What are you or your kids doing these days? Buying online? Bookstore? Any suggestions to save $$? In some of these classes, the books will be more than the tuition for the course! What are some of the better, reliable online book buying sites?
The bookstore is supposed to have the books out for the fall semester by the middle of July, so I will go by and check out what I need and the prices there. I know I will post on Craigslist, as I see lots of listings for books from the CC there. Also, we have our sales tax holiday Aug 1-3, which includes textbooks up to $300.
TIA for the help!!!
June 23 2008, 11:45 AM
I used amazon alot while in grad school. Often you can get the books used from other sellers. If you have your book list, go there and check it out. Keep all your receipts for tax purposes. You may be able to deduct your book expenses.
Been out of school for eight years....
June 23 2008, 11:46 AM
...but I would recommend www.half.com or Amazon.com used books. Just make sure that you're buying the correct edition and that you buy early. The cheapest shipping is Media Mail, which can take 3 - 4 weeks.
Waiting to find out the edition I need!
June 24 2008, 6:35 AM
Assuming they don't change the book altogehter that is! I am taking Business Finance this fall. They don't have the book lists out yet, but in the spring they used this particular book that was the 4th edition (released in 2005). Well, I looked it up, and there is a 5th edition that was released in Feb 2008. So, if they stick w/ that book, I don't know if they will stay w/ the 4th ed or go to the 5th. I haven't found any used copies of the 5th online yet (new on Amazon.com is $109.86 w/ free shipping), and I know the bookstore would not have any sinc ehtye ahve not used the 5th ed yet. I can get the 4th ed online for like 25 bucks plus shipping! They are supposed to have the books in the store in mid July, and class doesn't start until 8/20, so hopefully I will have time to shop around.
Sometimes the old edition will do
June 24 2008, 8:56 AM
I would go to the bookstore and compare them if you can. Then if you get the old edition and need something in the new one maybe you can borrow/share with a friend or something like that. Often there is not much of a difference in the updated editions.
lots of places
June 23 2008, 4:14 PM
It really helps if you have the time to shop around!
I found a really GREAT textbook site a couple of months ago that compared prices from several places side-by-side, but just discovered that I didn't bookmark it! (It wasn't this one, but here's another site that does the same thing): http://www.bigwords.com
Here's one that looks interesting: http://www.collegeswapshop.com
> I haven't tried it out, though.
I just bought my books for the class I'll take in July. Now it's time to start shopping for fall semester. Sometimes it's actually cheaper for me to buy them in the off-campus bookstore (NOT the on-campus one!) since they always have the editions needed, and there are obviously no extra shipping costs.
**Congrats on going back to school! CommColleges are definitely less expensive, and generally (at least here) have quite a few "non-traditional" students, as well. IKWYM about the accomplishment of finishing something!
"Every great adventure comes with great adversity; otherwise it would not be a great adventure. In fact, in a great adventure, adversity is not only expected, it should be welcomed. That's what makes it interesting and exciting."
Thanks! The admission officer told me ...
June 24 2008, 6:44 AM
that 25% of the students at this CC were people who moved from a 4 yr, mostly because of the cost. It would have cost me between $5,000 - $8,000 (maybe more depending on tuition increases) to finish at NCSU. That is just tuition and books, not supplies (paper, computer ink, etc), gas, etc. Plus, we're talking about it taking me at least 4 years. Going to the CC should cost me about $1,800 in tuition and books, and I should be done in eihter May or July 2010. Yes, I know it's jsut a 2-yr degree so it's not exactly comparable, but hey, it's what works best for me at 43 years old .
June 24 2008, 11:18 AM
This is from a link on half.com
June 23 2008, 6:14 PM
May not be what you are looking for, but... I had a pal in college that I shared books with. Not all the classes, mind you, but most of them. I'd take if for a day or two and complete my assignments, give it back to her... Quite a few people were doing that. Worked great in a school where you had either Mon/Wed class or Tues/Thur class.
Something else I thought about....
June 23 2008, 6:38 PM
I had a handful of undergraduate classes (mostly literature classes) where I was able to check out the books I needed from the public library. Obviously, the college library may not have a copy of Dante's Inferno when there are 100 other students after it -- but the public library near your home probably will, or can get it for you on Interlibrary loan.
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June 24 2008, 12:50 PM
E-bay is hands down the cheapest place I have found to buy textbooks. Since you are able to get a list of what you need ahead of time (at least that is how I'm reading it), I would just do a search there. I have purchased at least 75% of my text books on ebay and have found to to be waaaaay cheaper than anywhere else. I think you are smart to transfer to a CC - right now I am working on my ADN then planning of finishing my BSN when I am done. Good luck!