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All About Books

I have learned certain things as a first year college student about buying books.

The bookstore will only buy back books in a sellable condition. This includes books that have pencil writing or highlighting in it, but not books marked with pen.

Nice stack of books
Book are the most important thing in any college experience. Books are also a major factor in each and every college student's budget. photo credit: Min Lui

The bookstore offers a comparable rate with that of other well-known cooperate companies if a buy-back quote is brought in. The pay scale of the book depends on the need of that book. This reflects the economic law of supply and demand. Renting provides a no money back option.

Books bought at a different store can be sold to the bookstore. The bookstore provides free shipping if it is opted for. The drop off place to sell old college books is the front counter in the bookstore. Books have to be returned before financial aid ends, but the college buys back books anytime of the year. Financial aid can be used to rent at the bookstore.

The bookstore is now marking food products 50 percent off. Discounted items will be marked 25 percent off during March; specifically clothing. The bookstore also offers clearance.

Try asking friends where they got their books. A cheap and useful solution is asking friends to borrow books you might need.

Try going to different stores, including online. Keep an open mind about going to different stores and ask if they offer comparative book rates. Even go book shopping with friends. Research stores before going to them. Keep a list full of books you need and their prices.

Budget the amount that will be spent on school books. It is best to keep organized when trying to purchase books. Sell books before the semester to increase their worth. Even keep a log of the amount of money spent buying books form the last term to the current one. This will help keep a balance of the money you spent.

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them; but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims (The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer)

Mairead Warner

Staff Writer