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Hi, Does anyone know of any good websites to find cheap used textbooks? I've already looked at Half.com and they are cheap when you buy old versions but not new ones. Thanks, very poor nursing... Read More
May 30, '04Occupation: F/T nursing student Joined: Feb '03; Posts: 300; Likes: 149I have made money on my books by buying / selling on ebay....
What I do is hold off buying books as long as I can into the semester.... I end up craming to get some stuff done but the $$ I save makes it worth it. So when the demand for the book is really low the prices on ebay are a lot lower. Then the following semester I list the book during prime book buying time when the demand is high, making the prices higher. I have actually made a profit on my books... The only time this does not work if the edition is updated - they can still be sold back, but not at a higher rate.
May 30, '04Occupation: ICU Specialty: CCRN ; Joined: Aug '03; Posts: 581; Likes: 119I try to buy books from students at my school taking the class currently. I have also had great luck and wonderful service from bunchesofbooks.com.
May 31, '04Occupation: ER Nurse Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Telemetry and ER ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 132; Likes: 11I have bought prior editions and compared them to the NEWER, Much MORE COSTLY ones my fellow students have bought and most of the time there is really no significant difference. The main difference is that you have to search a little for the required readings. The teacher will assign pages that will not be the same as your older edition. It worked for me but you have to pick and choose which ones are going to work. I can honestly say I have NEVER bought a newer edition. Just thought I would pass this on. Good Luck
May 31, '04Occupation: Full time student, mom and wife Joined: May '04; Posts: 321; Likes: 6I think the best one is www.half.com
May 31, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 104; Likes: 2I get my books from Ebay and Barnes&Noble.com. I tried to buy 2 books fromsellers, but both time got screwed over and had to get Amazon to give me a refund. I found that if you buy used books from Barnes & Noble, they always come looking like new and they give free ship and no tax, which is nice!!
However, if you want to sell your old books, by far the best and most profitable way is Ebay!
May 31, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: gynecology/oncology ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 562; Likes: 9Quote from Nurse AlissaI got screwed from Amazon, too. I never got the book, and the seller had a bad e-mail address. I couldn't figure out how to send a complaint, ended up searching the www for Amazon's phone number, then it took ages for me to get a refund. I don't think they screen as well as ebay.I tried to buy 2 books fromsellers, but both time got screwed over and had to get Amazon to give me a refund.
May 31, '04Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 124; Likes: 2Ebay!!
I just bought my Ethics book which is $60 new/$50 used at the bookstore and the ones on half.com were ~$30 used, but I got it on ebay (same edition and everything) for $18 which included the S/H.
May 31, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 104; Likes: 2I cant remember how I contacted Amazon (I know it was thru email) but I recieved my refund in 3 days. I would deff. say that Amazons staff is alot better than Ebays (It took Ebay 7 months to give me a refund, and I had to go thru a lot of drama) but they have this issue where if someone buys something, there is a huge delay before its taken offline. Thats what happened in my 2 cases. I have been an Ebayer for almost 3 yrs and I will stick to that, seeing I have only gotten messed over once and Ive had more then 150 transactions!
May 31, '04Occupation: ED RN Specialty: Emergency Dept, M/S ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 1,462; Likes: 104I'm an avid seller and buyer on eBay, and I always try there first.
In terms of buying books from students who have taken the class on your campus, maybe (if they let you) a note on a bulletin board that you are interested in such-and-such books, and what version?
It is so ridiculous that I sell my $120 text book back to them for $15, and they turn around and sell it for almost full-price again. These are generally poor students, but they'll make money any way they can.
May 31, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor ; From: TX, US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 5,001; Likes: 1,902I usually buy my books at half.com however before that I look at the used book stores in my area , I have found several books like that.
Quote from MaryNHi,
Does anyone know of any good websites to find cheap used textbooks?
I've already looked at Half.com and they are cheap when you buy old versions but not new ones.
very poor nursing student
May 31, '04Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 73; Likes: 23I purchased all of my books and the books for 3 other Nursing students by using http://www.bookfinder.com/
this allowed me to search several places all at one. I saved hundreds $$$ it will give prices for new and used.I have used many of the various sellers and have never been burned!
Graduation in 13 days!!!