As another school year is about to begin, students are searching for ways to save money. One of the biggest expenses for college students are textbooks, but there are numerous websites that strive to give relief for struggling students.
The largest online retailer is also one of the top must-visit sites for college students. Offering a vast selection of used textbooks, Amazon gives students the opportunity to get discount deals on classroom must-haves. Amazon also offers their Prime service at a discounted rate for students. For $45, students can sign up using their student email and upload a simple verification. Once approved, people can take advantage of free two-day shipping and other special offers.
There are endless companies that allow students to rent textbooks at lower price compared to the retail price. Chegg understands the immediacy students are looking for when it comes to school items, and offers a free courtesy e-textbook while people wait for their print edition to arrive.
Barnes and Noble
One of the nation’s largest booksellers is a vital resource for college students. At Barnes and Nobles, people are given the opportunity to rent textbooks through the school or online. Like Amazon, the bookseller offers expedited shipping for students. When the semester ends, students can sell their textbooks back to Barnes and Noble to get their money back on items that they no longer need.
Most colleges in the NYC area have a “Free & For Sale” Facebook group that students can join, where people often list their old textbooks for sale. Students can search the group for specific queries to find any posts which mention the names of the books they need. Buying in a local network allows students to not only shrug off online fees — but remove any shipping costs from the equation as well.
For students looking to keep the cost of textbooks as low as possible, they can visit their college’s library. While many libraries have a copy of their textbooks on reserve, students can also sometimes check the book out for a short amount of time and scan the chapters. Once scanned, the document can be emailed and sent to e-readers for future reading.
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