Students find many sources of aggravation during their college tenure, and long bookstore lines certainly make the list. Many students are solving this dilemma by shopping online.
Online textbook sales are a booming business, offering students 24-hour service, reduced prices and the comfort of home delivery.
efollett services more than 800 campuses nationwide and offers a buy-back option, while Campus Books allows you to compare prices on more than 8 million text books, with options to buy, rent or sell. Chegg.com features book rentals at prices that are typically much cheaper price than buying. If you prefer to purchase or decide you want to hang on to your rental, the site allows buying and sell-backs. BookRenter.com is another rental-based site, and TextSwapis a user-to-user book exchange system.
Have books, need cash? Barnes & Noble guarantees buy-back prices at the time of purchase and even foots the bill for return shipping.
TextSwap is a user-to-user book exchange system where you can list books to sell as well as keep a watch list that automatically notifies you when a book you want becomes available.
Auctioning off books is another option, thanks to eCampus. This site gives students the option to post books they want to sell, books they need to buy and preferred prices. eCampus then e-mails the bids to interested sellers. Books for auction stay posted for two, five or seven days, depending on the seller's instructions, and there is no obligation to buy or sell. Auction wary? eCampus buys and sells books the old fashioned way as well.
Online textbook retailers are reaching out to the pre- and post-college demographic now, as well. Specialty Books caters to non-traditional students who need materials for night classes and independent study.
A New Way to Shop the Old Bookstore
Want to stay faithful to the old college bookstore? You may be able to shop it online. Sites like efollett allow students to buy books, caps, sweatshirts, key chains, jerseys and other merchandise from their respective school bookstores without leaving the dorm.