College Textbook Scams! Please read! - page 2

I start TODAY at a local University to do my pre-reqs, and when I purchased my books this week I was floored to see how much they had went up (I thought) in 12 years since I have been in college. ... Read More

  1. by   ladside
    Does anyone have any advice on how to study A & P? I truly hate Biology with a passion; therefore I need all the help that I can get. A&P and Micro are the only things standing between me and the nursing exams through distance learning.
  2. by   kcmo06
    Im a freshman pre-nursing student and i dont have any of my books for school and today was my first day of college ive been trying to pray and ask God for help these websites have a been a lot of help i ask that you guys continue to pray for me and that i can have all my books by next week.
  3. by   JoeyDog
    I buy AAAALLLLLLLLL of my books through www.half.com it is through ebay but you don't need paypal and you don't bid. You just go to text books enter the ISBN and it brings up the exact same book from different sellers then you just buy it and your done. They are always WAY cheaper than the college. I have never ever had any problems with half.com, and I sell all of my used books there. I get double to triple what I would get if I did the book buy back at my college. My husband also goes to places like Goodwill to find newer text books, they usually only cost a few bucks, and then we list them on half to make a little extra money. I tell my classmates about buying from half b/c I always feel so bad when I hear them talk about how much they spent for books. I think it is ridiculous (sp) when the cost of your books is almost equal to the cost of your tuition. Anyway hope that helps!
  4. by   CaseManager1947
    I agree, Half.com is a great resource for cheapo books, just gotta watch out for the Edition #, make sure you're not getting 5th when you need the 6th. Also there is a place called www.books-to-go-.com. they can provide texts for a variety of states, so it depends on which state and school you go to. Just a little more info, to help out a struggling student. As I went thru this same scam (and make no mistake it is just that) a couple years ago in my Grad school. + the ungodly #or volume of books you're required, give a poor person a hernia or something. Hope this helped
  5. by   mrscurtwkids4
    You know what I hate almost as much as the original cost of buying the college textbooks??? The fact that if you go to seel them back and they only give you a few dollars for them. Then they go and resell the used books for only a little below the original cost....grrrrr. I might have to look into selling some of mine online instead. Although I'm keeping certain books to look back through later.
  6. by   RGN1
    Why don't organise a student 2nd hand book exchange yourself? We did that in our UK university. WE just posted what we had on a board in the student rec.

    Those about to take your course can purchase your books & you can get what you need from the next course you're going to do. In the end you hardly ever have to buy a book at full price. Of course some books are going to be course keepers but others are not & that's where you'll save $$$
  7. by   live4rachael
    Turn around and sell em yourself on half.com instead of selling em back to the bookstore. I've made a fortune the last few weeks selling a bunch of books. I was able to turn that money around and buy, well, a couple of books anyway... better than the bookstore money.
  8. by   BaByLoVeR18
    The problem I have is that I am getting a loan and my loan doesn't come in until a week after school starts so I am getting a book advance (which means that my school will give me some money to buy my books) but I could only buy them in the Univerisity bookstore. I know of a place that sells the used books cheaper but I can't go a week to class with no books.
  9. by   todell80
    Quote from BaByLoVeR18
    The problem I have is that I am getting a loan and my loan doesn't come in until a week after school starts so I am getting a book advance (which means that my school will give me some money to buy my books) but I could only buy them in the Univerisity bookstore. I know of a place that sells the used books cheaper but I can't go a week to class with no books.
    Wow, I can't believe you get your loan so fast!! Ours aren't even mailed out until Sept. 22nd. I asked one time why they wait so dang long, and they gave me some lame excuse about how students would get their loan/grant money and stop going to classes, so they wait to give it to us. I was like, hey, if someone is that dumb, they are going to do it anyway, and besides, you can only do that once. And they would have to pay it back since it is a school loan. But whatever. Now I have to come up w/ the $$ upfront for all my uniforms and supplies, anything I can't charge to the school. Then in a month I will get all my money, when I don't have anything left to buy, even though I signed something that said, "I will only use the money for school supplies and related needs." Its so frustrating!!
    ~t
  10. by   NO1_2NV
    NPR's (National Public Radio) Morning Addition program on July 25, 2006 did a story on just this very subject. It was very interesting:

    "Book Costs Shock College Students, Families"

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=5580358

    The cost of my books each semester have often exceeded the cost of my tuition and fees!
  11. by   jones21498
    I would definitely check out ebay and Amazon.com. I purchased from both places this semester. I was able to get my book for a Technical Writing class, that retails $80, for $15. That was a great bargain. I found out after the start of the semester that I also needed another book, so I ordered through Amazon.com and got there 2 day delivery for $3 more...it should be here today. It is amazing to see the cost of books. My ANP book was $185...the most expensive one I had. Most generally run around $90 a piece plus the cost of workbooks and extra materials needed for the class. Can't we have bake sales or fundraisers at the school to offset the costs ?
  12. by   amlaboy
    My college bookstore won't give out ISBNs either. I go to the bookstore, examine the required books myself, write down the ISBN # and then go shopping online. This semester, my books would have cost close to $200 for just 2 books. I bought both for under $80 via Amazon and Ebay. Forget the bookstores!

    Thankfully my grant covers the cost of my classes and books. It's a free education! Can't beat that!
  13. by   Megsd
    Mine doesn't give ISBN numbers either, which is a real pain. I plan to do the same... go to the bookstore with a pad and pen and write them all down.

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