Back in the old days, a college’s on-campus bookstore represented your main option for acquiring the books you needed for your classes. Today, students have the option of buying books online from eBay, Amazon and textbook-focused websites. I’ve purchased textbooks on multiple occasions over the last few years, and I’ve found two websites that consistently beat on-campus prices for college textbooks.
The websites have similar names: Textbooks.com and TextbooksRUs.com. They also have similar approaches: each ships books for free, buys books back from you at the end of the semester and gives you the option of renting books. You can search for textbooks on the sites by title or ISBN number (a code number assigned to most textbooks that appears near the UPC code). The companies have similar pricing, but you can save a few bucks by comparing prices on textbooks you’re planning to buy. Last week, I purchased a book from Textbooks.com at half the price I would have paid at the college bookstore.
My customer services experiences have been great: I’ve found both companies deliver books promptly and ship the correct items.
When you’re ready to sell books back, check the buyback price on each site to earn the most cash. Both sites provide prepaid shipping labels to send your books back via Fedex or UPS. I’ve never had a problem getting paid by these companies for books I sold to them. You can even sell them books you purchased elsewhere.
Have you found reliable sources for textbooks other than the ones listed here? Share your experiences to help others save money.