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Good $ making idea for college students

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by cruiseryan, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. cruiseryan

    cruiseryan Newbie

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    Here's an idea for college kids or anyone living near a college campus.

    Post flyers around campus advertising "Cash paid for textbooks, more $ than the bookstore can offer!"

    Make a quick website for your book buying biz.

    Post website, e-mail address and phone number on flyer offering students to contact you with the book information and how much money they can get for books. Also mention something like "forget the hassle of shipping your books via half.com, get money NOW!!!!!" Be creative with it.

    They give you the ISBN # and book info, you check how much you could sell it for on half.com. Give them an amount of money MORE than the bookstore(easy as hell because the bookstores on college campuses give a MINISCULE amount) yet less than you will receive when selling on half.com.

    You can quickly and easily find out the buyback value of a book from the bookstore by calling and asking, or sometimes the amount is listed online.

    Some books you won't buyback if the price is too low of course(older edition textbooks.

    You have the option of NOT purchasing their books, they will accept this fact since the student bookstores have similar policies.

    ALSO: another GREAT selling point is the fact that at the end of the semester when everyone is standing in line to sell back books, the students who let you buy their books back get more dough and don't wait in line.

    -Some popular books for common classes can be resold on campus for more than half.com by also posting flyers listing the books you have for sale!(Some students want books before semester starts, thus not wanting to buy online, yet wanting to spend less than at the bookstore.)


    I'm writing this post while taking a break from studying for finance, which explains the brevity and lack of in depth explanation.

    Also, i think this idea would work best at more liberal and smaller schools without off campus bookstore competition.

    Advertising "quick money" for text books is sure to pull in the pot heads;).

    Anyone else have any cool ideas for college students with some extra cash, please PM me, let's bounce some ideas off of one another!:D
     
  2. Jagged55

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    I like your creativity but I try to stick to ventures that don't involve big investments and big risks. If I buy 10 books at $20, I am sitting on $200 worth of used texts that can't be sold again for about 4 months (time between school years). The books may not sell during that time plus you have to worry about the school changing texts before the new school year.

    If I was investing $200 and going after young college kids, I would be getting into bootlegging! You would double your money every weekend :) That or raffling off alcohol...5 tickets for $1 on a case of beer, $1 a ticket on large bottle of alcohol. Lots of risks involved of course but no more riskier than some of the other stuff going on around here ;)
     
  3. cruiseryan

    cruiseryan Newbie

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    The student tells you the book info, you check half.com, you buy book, you place on half.com. This can all happen within a day, therefore i think on certain books that are either new or fairly new have little risk involved. Also, older editions are sold online too, but the price you would pay should reflect accordingly.

    I agree that there is some risk involved, but if the one selling the books is a student of the university where they're buying books, they have access to contact any professor or the bookstore regarding when a book will be obsolete. Additionally, even if the book has been replaced by a newer edition at the school where you purchased the book, other schools may have not changed (which is why selling on the internet has it's advantage).

    I would totally raffle alcohol if i knew a means to not get busted, however i reckon that the U.S. is much more strict since the drinking age is 21, unlike Canada. I need to visit.


    Nice quote in signature Jagged!