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Hunting for Cheap Textbooks

College is expensive, no surprise there. And textbooks can be just as costly. But the good news is they don’t have to be! As long as you plan ahead and sign up for classes early, you can get your textbooks early, and cheaper.

First things first, sign up for your classes! And do it early. The earlier you sign up the sooner you’ll know what books you’ll need and the more time you’ll have to look for a deal which means less money coming out of your pocket! So after you find out your classes and teachers check out www.ratemyprofessors.com and see what past students have said about him/her. A lot of professors don’t even require you to buy a book, and if they don’t it will tell you on that site.

If your teacher does require you to get a book, first ask your friends. Post on facebook or twitter that you are looking for a used government 2301 textbook, and one of your friends is bound to have it. And if you offer to pay lots of kids would offer it to you. Used textbook stores that buy your books back don’t pay you that much anyways, so if you offer a little bit more than that people would be happy to sell you their book.

No one you know has the book you need? Time to start shopping for online deals! www.valorebooks.com and www.bigwords.com are just two of the many sites that allow you to buy textbooks used or new for super cheap. www.half.ebay.com is an ebay company that also allows you to buy and sell books online, but it is by people. It works just the same as ebay but for books! But be warned, you need to be careful when buying or selling things with people you don’t know online. Make sure it is not a scam and you know what you are doing.

Now, if you waited until the last minute, and you need a book right away, there is always the local book store. There are always used book stores all around college campuses. They are a bit more pricey than trying to find a book online, but trust me, it is way better than going to the book store on campus and buying a brand new book.

Don’t waste any time signing up for classes. Fall semester is right around the corner and you don’t want to be stuck paying full price for a book you’ll never use. So sign up, do your research, and find some cheap books!

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