Top 10 Tips for Buying Cheap Textbooks Online

You are short on money? (Dumb question, I know). You are trying to figure how you will afford all the textbooks for next term. Do you create new economic theories in order to balance your limited budget?

If you don’t, then you probably aren’t taking advantage of the best and most efficient way to purchase textbooks for a very low price.

Shop online and search. That’s it. This is the key. Here are my Top 10 Tips for Buying Textbooks Online.

1. Make sure to buy earlyDon’t wait to get the books you need. This is when the demand for books increases, and prices will follow suit. Textbooks sell quickly in that time period and it takes far more effort to get the best offer than what was required just a few weeks prior.

Don’t worry if your college or university does not have the textbook list in advance. You can still contact ex-students from the course or the professors and ask for the books that you need. It will be well worth the effort.

2. Buy used.Secondhand textbooks are usually cheaper. It’s a fact that is undeniable. It’s not uncommon to find savings of more than $50 on list prices.

3. Take a look at older editions.Books on biology, chemistry, and classical physics can often remain nearly unchanged for many years. You can find older editions for as low as $1 if you’re willing to buy them. Are you unsure if the International Edition is sufficient? Talk to your tutor about it. There’s a good chance that he will recommend an older book.

4. International EditionsAn International Edition refers to a textbook that was published outside the US. This edition can be used and purchased outside the US. International Editions tend to be significantly less expensive than their American/Canadian counterparts. Here’s what you need to knowInternational Editions publishers generally don’t authorize the sale or distribution in the United States of International Editions. Such sale or distribution could be illegal under copyrights.

5. To increase the effectiveness of your searches, use the ISBN number. Every book published since 1970 is assigned an ISBN. This unique number allows you to search faster and more accurately by using it instead.

6. No shipping charges When shopping online, look for free shipping sellers. To convert potential customers into customers, many sellers offer free shipping, even though shipping within the US is usually less than $4. This is equivalent to a 10% discount on a $40 book, or a 5% discount on an $80 book.

7. Look around. You probably already know this but let me repeat it for those of you who just arrived on Earth from another world 10 minutes ago. Compare prices from at most three sellers before making a decision. is a great place to find and compare online booksellers., the largest online marketplace for books, allows you to compare thousands from different booksellers.

8. Buy local. Before you finalize the deal, make sure to check the location of the bookseller. Shipping costs will drop if you are closer to the seller. Your community will appreciate your extra business.

9. After you’re done with them, get rid of your old textbooks. There is a good chance that the same online book seller you purchased your books from will buy them back. Simply go to their website and search for their buyback program. The shipping cost of the books is usually free, and payment is made immediately after receipt. This one is a sell-out, doesn’t?

10. Your textbooks should be treated with respect.They shouldn’t be used as umbrellas, or to get rid of that huge spider that suddenly appeared in your bathtub. It is not a good idea to write your name and the date of your lover on it. Also, don’t make it a canvas if you feel an artistic urge. You might sell them later, and the better condition the book is the more you get for it.

I promise you that if you follow these tips, you’ll find more money in the bank, more time to spare and, most importantly, the satisfaction of being part of 21st century society.

Online shopping is the best way to save money.

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