Avoid emptying your wallet this week
Tips on lowering textbook costs for the semester
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013 22:08
With textbooks for a semester of classes costing students hundreds and hundreds of dollars, there is a definite need for a “How To” guide to cut back on the ridiculously expensive costs.
Option 1: Don’t Buy Them
Now I’m not here to tell you to flat out DON’T purchase the required books for your classes. However, on countless occasions I’ve dropped some serious change on books for a class only to have the instructor tell me that it “helps” but isn’t a necessary part of the class. Therefore waiting until the first few days of the class have passed might be a decent option.
On a related note, many classes such as those in the History, English, and Classics departments might require you to acquire a large amount of texts that are probably in the public domain (i.e. “The Odyssey”). The texts for many of these works can be found for free, both online and through e-book providers (i.e. Apple’s “iBooks” store).
Option 2: Go Digital
The prospect of ditching traditional books for digital copies serves a dual purpose. From a practical standpoint, not only are you relieved of the burden of lugging multiple books around, but e books can save you a lot of money too.
Amazon’s Kindle bookstore doesn’t require you to own one of the titular devices. You can read books purchased from the Kindle Store on both Android and iOS devices as well as on laptops and PCs. The Kindle Store has hundreds of digital copies of books (many rare in their print form) that can save you some serious cash you would have otherwise spent on a needlessly expensive hard copy.
Option 3: Amazon.com
The Uconn Co-Op does its best to keep prices affordable for students. However despite the effort, a quick search on Amazon.com will prove that more often than not, a better price can be found online.
In addition to the massive catalog of books sold by Amazon.com itself, private sellers selling books that aren’t sold by Amazon.com, can be easily bought the website as well.
Option 4: When all else fails…
Well it’s too late. Either due to lack of time and/or procrastination, you caved and bought your books at a not so swell price. Rather than hurt your wallet by selling your books back to the bookstore at the end of the semester, consider these last resort options.
First of all consider trading your books in to Amazon.com. True, you only get store credit back, not actual cash, but the return can be significantly greater (especially if your one to frequently shop at the website) than the amount awarded to you at the Co-Op. For best results, don’t trade in your books at the end of the semester, wait until the start of NEXT semester. You see while everyone is trading in books at the end of a semester, Amazon will provide you with less credit since they have a surplus of inventory. However, when the next semester starts and Amazon’s resources are strained, they’ll be much more likely to give greater credit. It’s basic economics people.
Also, consider selling your books directly on either eBay or through an Amazon seller’s account. While this requires a bit more effort, the financial reward will pay off in the end.