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June 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 196

Finding the right price for textbooks is important if you are on a budget or need to have money to spend on other school expenses. Textbooks can be expensive, especially if you have to buy medical, science, psychology, engineering or math textbooks. You could end up spending hundreds to thousands of dollars a semester on books if you don't take the time to compare textbooks on websites and in bookstores. Spending a few hours looking at the prices of books in stores and online could end up saving you money, even if it is only a few dollars on each book. If you are able to end up with the newest or a workable version of your textbooks at a manageable price and have extra money for expenses such as housing and food, you will have successfully utilized resources available to you.

Looking around at different websites, including auction and direct sale websites, to compare textbooks will help you to see what is available. Many sites, including college bookstore websites, offer new and used versions of books. Newer books are usually going to be more expensive than used versions, but you should look out for sales on newer books. As you compare textbooks, keep track on a piece of paper or spreadsheet document of how much for which each website is selling new or used copies of textbooks. Note the condition of the books on the piece of paper or document, especially if you are looking for used books that don't have markings or are in good condition. Look for websites that help you to compare prices of books on other popular sites. When looking online at prices, take shipping and handling costs into consideration, as some websites have higher shipping costs. On many auction and sales websites, you will be dealing with individual sellers or companies that have set their own shipping costs.

Comparing online prices to bookstore prices will help you to decide what method you will choose for purchasing your textbooks. Try to think ahead because you likely will only have time to look at bookstore and online prices if try to purchase books before classes start. If you have to a book by the end of the week or the next week, you could try to compare textbooks at local and college bookstores. If you are looking for a more specialized text, you likely won't have much luck finding it at a bookstore with a more generalized selection. As you look at prices at local and college bookstores, add the prices to a document or piece of paper with the prices from websites so that you can do an easy comparison. As you compare books in stores and on websites, compare the types for which you are searching, such as used versions. If you are diligent, you likely will find at least some of the books for your classes at more reasonable prices.

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