Story by Jade Sells
Sells is a first-year law, politics and society major and can be reached at email@example.com
With the start of the second semester, the expenses of books are only rising. There are hundreds of websites, bookstores and selling options that claim to have the “lowest prices.” This can make it hard to find a reputable place to get a great deal on the textbooks you need. To help with the bargain hunt, I have compiled a few reliable and safe sources that offer great deals on textbooks.
The first option would be to compare prices online. When comparing prices you must also consider each websites shipping rates. Some sites will offer extraordinarily low prices on books but charge high shipping rates. Two websites I have found with low prices on both books and shipping are Amazon.com and Half Price Books (www.hpb.com). Half Price Books charges a standard shipping rate of $3.99 per book, which Amazon’s shipping rates are determined by the seller. Both of these sites are reputable and offer greats deals on new and used textbooks.
Another option to consider when purchasing your textbooks is community selling groups. Drake University students have created a Facebook group where Drake students can post textbooks they wish to purchase or sell called “Textbook Exchange.” With these groups you can avoid shipping fees but the inventory is select. Groups like these can be utilized within Greek life, social groups or residence halls. Community selling groups offer a convenient way to buy and sell textbooks.
Buying textbooks on a college student’s budget can be difficult, but it is achievable with the various options offered to buy and sell textbooks. To help narrow down the choices we have offered two reputable sites with low prices on books and shipping and shed light on community selling groups. These options should offer some reliable options when bargain hunting for books.