With School beginning next week, I had the ever so glorious task of buying Textbooks today. While most students groan and mumble about this inevitable errand, Science students downright dread it. The average Science book costs $300.00. Given that most scientific subjects are ever changing, most text books need to be purchased in their NEW condition every semester, even for a class like Biology I and Biology II.

I got on my University Bookstore’s website and compiled my textbook list for this semester. I’m taking 14 credits of upper division Biology classes along with a Spanish class, so apart from mi libro de espaƱol, I needed all new, all expensive texts.

The Grand Total at check out for a Statistics text, 2 Biochemistry texts, and an oh-so-fascinating text on Ecology?

*GASP!* I think my heart stopped. After I cried a little, I realized that it was worse than I was expecting {around $400.00 or so}, but I also realized “I can do better!”

I headed over to Half.com. Have you heard of it? I’m almost certain I mentioned it on my other blog a time or two. In case you missed it, just type in the text book name or ISBN and it will search for every copy of that book that is being sold, and listed in order of its condition. Sometimes the site may find a result for $50.00 but upon further investigation it is $50.00 for a "poor condition" text with "major highlighting" and "coffee stains on the cover."

Typically, I try to buy all of my books “Brand New,” “Never Used,” and “Still in Shrink Wrap,” or as close to it as possible for the cheapest price possible.  I usually save a fortune!  This year however, Half.com has added a new feature enabling students to RENT their textbooks!  Luckily for me, all of the textbooks I needed this semester are available for rent.  Even the super.new.updated.with.one.new.discovery science books.  Do you know how much I paid for all 4 of my books?

Attention all college students! If you haven’t already, head over to Half.com for some serious savings. If you’ve already purchased your books for this semester, return them! Seriously, there is still time, and then go to Half.com and rent them.


Emily said... [Reply to comment]

And the beautiful thing about half.com is that if you do have to buy them, you can at least re-sell them on half.com and recoup some of your money. Way more than the school bookstore would ever buy them back for :)

Miss Priss Morgan said... [Reply to comment]

@EmilyEXACTLY!! :)

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