Anyone who has been to college can tell you that the cost of textbooks can be expensive. It ranks up there in price with the classes themselves. A couple of hundred dollars for shiny paper can seem like a huge price to pay, but a student's education is housed within the covers of textbooks. Every student has to buy books, but some students can acquire books for less if they are smart and shop around to find used textbooks.
Benefits of Used Textbooks
Used textbooks can often be half the price of a brand-new textbook. Used textbooks sell fast just before the start of classes, so students who wait until the last minute are not going to get much of a bargain. A student intent on saving money on used textbooks should start searching for a used textbook as soon as they get their class assignment and know what book is assigned.
Besides the great value, a used textbook has another benefit. At first glance, used textbooks with writing inside could make a student turn away from it. The scribbled notes in the side of a used textbook can have a benefit. Those notes could give a student extra insight or information that the student hadn't thought of before, and it's always interesting to see another student's point of view while reading. It could be a valuable aid while learning even if the student reading disagrees with the note. It has still given the student something to consider.
Resell Used Textbooks
With some used textbooks, a student might want to keep the book for future reference. After the class is over, most students will want to resell the used textbook. As long as the student took care of the textbook, the resale value can be very close to what the student spent. Used textbooks are considered used whether it has had one owner or three owners. As long as a teacher is still using the textbook in class, it has benefit to students.
The last benefit is one that is more internally felt since it is a small step. When anything is reused or recycled, it is helpful to the environment. That would include reusing used textbooks as long as possible. When you buy used textbooks then get to resell them to someone else, the cycle continues and the planet benefits. It's not a benefit you can see right now, but saving money and doing your part to save the environment is always a positive step.
To get used textbooks, start your search early. If you wait until the last minute, there will not be any used textbooks available. Often when a student waits too long, there aren't any new textbooks either. This can make it impossible to follow along in the first few classes.
Students think that they have to buy books from the college campus bookstore. This is not true at all. Used textbooks can be purchased from anywhere by using the ISBN number attached to the book. Even when using an ISBN number, make sure the used textbooks you are going to buy are the right edition. One used textbook can have more than one edition. This can cause confusion during purchase.