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Where Can I Purchase College Textbooks Cheap

983446_literature_2Where can I purchase College textbooks cheap?” is a common question at the start of every school year. The rising cost of college textbooks proves to be a problem for many people. The average cost of textbooks for one year for an average student ranges between about $700 to over $1000. When you add that to the cost of tuition, it can easily push a college education out of the financial reach of some people.

Fortunately, there are places where you can purchase college textbooks at a more reasonable price. You may be able to find them locally but if not you can almost certainly find them cheaper online. Where can I purchase college textbooks cheap locally? If you have a used bookstore near your college, there is a chance you can find used textbooks there. The biggest drawback to this method of purchasing cheap textbooks is that most people sell their old textbooks as soon as the school year ends. If you know which college classes you need to take and which textbooks you need late in the spring or early in the summer, you may be able to nab those used books as soon as the other students sell them. If you wait until fall, you might get lucky but chances are they’ll already be gone. Still, it’s worth it to take a look.

Used bookstores online are another option when you’re wondering, “Where can I purchase college textbooks cheap?” There are tons of used bookstores on the Internet and some even specialize in college textbooks. Even if you want to purchase new textbooks, buying them from a bookstore online is probably going to be much cheaper than buying them from the bookstore at your college which wants to make the biggest profit off them as possible.

Another place to look for cheap used textbooks is online at various auction and for-sale sites. One of the best places to buy college textbooks cheap is at eBay. There are other online auction sites you can explore, as well. But eBay is the first and the biggest, and the place you’ll most likely find used textbooks being auctioned off for less money. A site like, which is a sister site to eBay, is a good place to find individual sellers who are offering used books for a set price rather than an auction price. And Craigslist is always a popular place to look for things to buy and sell, including cheap textbooks.

After you’ve explored, “Where can I purchase college textbooks cheap?” you’ll probably realize that you can resell those books when you’re finished with them to help finance the books you’ll need for the following year. A local used bookstore is an option but you’ll probably get more for them selling them online at places like eBay or Craigslist. Just be sure to take care of the books while you use them so they’re in the same condition you bought them in. You may be able to get as much or even more as you paid for them since age really isn’t a factor as long as someone needs the book you have.

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Comments to “Where Can I Purchase College Textbooks Cheap”

  1. I feel the best place to shop for textbooks is cause with their web site you can compare prices on new, used and rent-able textbooks. They also compare shipping cost and find discounts on multiple item orders too! It is such an amazing tool for finding your textbooks that I don’t understand why any one wouldn’t use the site!

  2. Dotschools said on:

    Thanks for the tip and good advice. The site you recommended looks to be a good resource and we are glad you shared with it others.

  3. i think that you can buy this book from those students that has used this book.

    it is no big use for those students.

    so, i believe that the price should 1/3 -1/2.

    how to let those student know your want?

    maybe you can send some note or article in the forum of college.

    when those students know your note, maybe they will send email to you.

    then , you can pay through paypel and so on

  4. Dotschools said on:

    Good thought on posting to college forums and informing students of the need for a college text. That is a good place to start when trying to find a place to buy college books for less money.

  5. And a site set up in order for you to post the books you have and link them to your college so other students can easily find them is It’s new, so it’s not very populated yet, but it’s free and has over 7000 US colleges to connect your book to so that when people come and search what books students are selling at a specific college it’ll be shown to those locally to you. Check it out, with enough people putting books up there, it’ll be a great site for people to be able to use to post their books and contact other students about books they are selling.

  6. Dotschools said on:

    Thanks for the info and link. We normally don’t allow links on the comments but felt yours did add some value to the page and would be helpful for others. We hope that it continues to grow and that students are able to connect with each other for text books.

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