Textbook Buying Tips

As if parking wasn’t a stressful enough issue to deal with at the beginning of this semester, buying textbooks can also cause pounding headaches. The lines at the UH bookstore and The College Store (formerly known as Rothers) can make anyone practically go insane. Not to mention the fact that you probably have better things to do then wait in line.

If you’re ready to move on, join the number of people who purchase their textbooks online. It’s fast, it’s easy, and best of all, it’s cheaper. Last semester, my friend saved almost $100 buying books online instead of at the bookstore. The only obvious downside to this method is having to wait for the books to come in, but if you don’t need them until next week anyway, it should be okay (just make sure to choose expedited shipping). Worst case scenario, you can borrow the book from a classmate for a day and read up on the necessary material until yours comes in.

A Few Things To Consider

  • As mentioned above – if you’re in a rush or a bit nervous about doing this, choose an expedited shipping method. It will cost more, but chances are that it will still cost less than the bookstore. Keep in mind you are also saving money on tax.
  • Make sure to thoroughly comparision shop. Books can vary significantly in price depending on the site. You may find that it will be necessary to purchase from more then one store.
  • If you

3 Comments so far

  1. Shey'sRebellion (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 11:23 am

    The best place to comparison shop for books online is campusi.com.

    Here’s a little trick, go here first http://www.thecollegestore.com/rho/
    and find out which books you need, this will save you a trip to the bookstore. Then go online to campusi.com and find the book online

  2. toufic (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 1:28 pm

    another great place to comparison shop is http://www.addall.com/

    just use the ISBN of the book listed at the bookstore, anywhere you shop, to make sure you get the right edition of the book

  3. Steve Love (unregistered) on January 21st, 2005 @ 2:41 pm

    Don’t forget about the greatest store in the world, Half Price Books, which has several convenient Houston locations.

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