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College students- renting textbooks vs buying them?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by chughes, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. chughes

    chughes Newbie

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    Hey guys, I've been around BHW for a while now and have learned a TON of great information and have been applying a lot of the techniques to help me make some good money while attending University.

    Anyways, I had spent over $2,000 on my first 3 years of college on textbooks and after the semester selling them back made me about...$200 so I got completely F***ed by the schools.

    I got sick of this and one of my friends told me about Chegg.com that allows you to rent textbooks, I did this last semester and saved myself $373.74 from what I would have spent at the bookstore.

    If you haven't heard of chegg please check them out, they rock and the books are in great condition from my experiences

    If you want, you can use the coupon code CC105993 to get an extra 5% off, not sure how long the code will be good for but I figure it's at least for the next month or 2. Has anyone else had experience with chegg?
     
  2. TJ

    TJ Junior Member

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    Never spent a penny on text books.

    I 'borrow' them when the time comes to study.

    I also have a bunch of upperclassmen friends who have the same books from the previous year.

    I have decent grades, but at this point I could give a damn if I ever had to drop out. I never plan on working for a corporation.

    IM is what I hope to do until I retired.
     
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  3. Theodore

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    Thats sounds a good idea thanks for the share :)
    But for just saving $373 i would rather just buy them just so i have them on hand when i need them and i might need them after uni so they'll come in handy.
     
  4. chughes

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    for me, none of the books that I have purchased have come in handy for what I'm doing/pursuing. I'm a Business Administration major with a concentration in Management... most of the books that I had to buy for all of my gen. ed classes cost quite a bit and I NEVER have used any of them again..

    for the business books, some of them are relevant but I find that actual books on marketing/sales/leadership have taught me more than the college textbooks, I'd much rather spend my money on them and learning the information from these books.

    If you are going to keep your books, i'd recommend just getting them off of amazon or half.com however if you don't feel like keeping the books i'd go to chegg :)
     
  5. MikeHustle

    MikeHustle Power Member

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    The bookstore is the biggest hustle going in Academia. I was going to try and convert books to a PDF file and sell that to students for $30, but I was too lazy and fearful of the consequences to make it happen.
     
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    A $2000 investment over 3 years isn;t so bad if you got a degree & a good job. When you buy a computer you don;t complain when 24 months later you can't sell it back for the the price you paid for lol
     
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    That reminds me, I've gotta $80 history book I barely used at all (and I don't think it improved my grades any) that I need to list on ebay.

    I didn't even know you could rent textbooks. Guess they don't have that at the crappy CC I dual enrolled at.

    Anybody need an american history book?
     
  8. DellPrinter

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    Try to save your money for alcohol and drugs
    pirate the books
     
  9. EzBreezy

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    I'm glad I'm an IT major. So far, I've been able to download all of my books.

    One thing you could try is buying old textbooks. You can't really sell them back, but some people will be happy to dump them on you for cheap or even free.

    I did this for an Anthropology course. The professor started using the updated book, but fortunately, we didn't even touch that part. I also did it for a Japanese class. Unfortuately, we DID use the updated part. But, I was able to use the library's copy or a classmate for those chapters. So, it worked out regardless.
     
  10. tical525

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    Don't ever buy them from the school bookstore that is for sure. Check out allbookstores.com and buy international editions of the books you need.

    They are exactly the same but much cheaper. Typical int book is like 40-50 bucks (new) - versus 100+ bucks for a US version.

    The only thing that is different is the cover.
     
  11. Read.30

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    I'm currently in college too. I always wait until the 2nd week of school to see if we're really going to need the book and then I'll buy it off of amazon if we do. I'll check the site you posted though
     
  12. hacks

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    but i am Always in POsitve in Buying books. Its Give the Freedom Keeping them with u.

    When ever u need its there in front of.

    AND i also use as Digital for all the books which can be Both free and Paid.

    My collage experience it have Create a Home Library.
     
  13. akashasnani

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    just get on rent... or you can also buy old (used) books at very cheap rate...
     
  14. new movies

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    If you are middlemen,you can afford to purchase a book.
    I found very cheap that authors cant get the credit for the work they have done hardwork.
     
  15. TCSquared

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    For books that are related to you major, you should buy and keep.
    Don't worry about books for general education courses.
    They are always a waste.
     
  16. _Chip_

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    I hardly buy any textbooks,I just get them for FREE from my friends who are seniors! :D