Wednesday, January 9, 2013

No More Buying Textbooks!

As you all know I'm in the middle of grad school.  Last semester was my first one so I bit the bullet and ordered my books from Amazon.  Even at the used price I ended up paying well over $500 for just 4 books.  And when I tried to sell them back I got a whooping $60!!!  This semester I said no way to paying those prices.  Luckily my friend Baylee posted about Campus Book Rentals.  I looked up the books I needed for the Spring semester and I'll be saving well over $100 per book.  And renting textbooks is so much better than buying because let's face it, you're not ever going to use that economics book again.  You can also highlight in the books and choose how long you want to rent it.  They also pay for the shipping each way.  If you're like me and are just finding out about this and already have a bunch of textbooks, you can also rent them out yourself through  You get paid every time they rent the book out!  As if that wasn't enough, they also donate a portion of every book rented to Operation Smile, which performs life-changing cleft-lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it.  So not only are you saving yourself a ton of money by renting, you're also helping others.  Everyone wins! 

Here's a video on how their rentals work.  I can't imagine the money I would have saved when I got my undergrad if I had used a program like this. 


(Although I was compensated for this post, the opinions expressed are my own.  Campus Book Rentals is a fantastic company all around)


  1. sigh, i remember that craziness. i usually bought super bad condition books from amazon to get it as cheap as possible. I always felt like the Weasleys from Harry Potter when I got them in haha. this renting idea is awesome though- you're a smart cookie :)

  2. This is such a great idea! I was really lucky when I was studying because our local uni bookshop sells second hand textbooks, then you can sell them back for 2/3s of what you paid, but if it hadn't been for that I would have been in loads of trouble xo

  3. Oh man, perfect timing. I am feeling the weight of crushing textbook prices as we speak. Next semester, I'm doing this.

  4. I wish I had known about this when I was in school. I honestly do not know how colleges get away with charging so much for books. The books at times were as expensive or more expensive than my actual classes!!

  5. eshh, reading this makes me so happy to be out of school! i don't know how i would have afforded those expensive interior design books if i hadn't worked at a textbook store for 2 years of college. luckily i changed my major and only ever bought poetry + art books after that so at least amazon was helpful there. i will be sure to pass this on to friends though!


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