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Ways to save on cheap textbooks and other stuff while at college.

Buying vs. Renting Textbooks



We all know that acquiring your college textbooks can put a significant dent in your wallet.  A common question for students is, “Should I buy or rent my textbooks?”  Below we have laid out the pros and cons of each, to help you make the decision that is right for you.



When you rent a book, you pay a fee to rent the book for a specific time frame.  When time  is up, print out a prepaid shipping label, and mail the book back to the merchant without any shipping charges to you.


  • Generally cheaper
  • Guarantee to get rid of the book after semester is over
  • Don’t have to worry about reselling the textbook


  • Supplemental software may be required and does not come with rental books
  • Can get charged fees if you do not return the book by the due date



When buying a textbook, you have the choice to buy it used or new.  Used books can be substantially cheaper than new books.


  • You can keep the book if you would like to
  • You can sell the textbook back for money


  • Can be more expensive than renting textbooks
  • There is a possibility that you will not sell the book after you are finished with it because no one will buy it

 The good news is you have a choice and can make that choice per book depending upon each individual circumstance.  


How to Sell Textbooks


One of the most stressful things about college textbooks is that the editions change so frequently.  If you happen to get stuck with an “outdated” edition of a textbook, your college bookstore most likely will not buy it back from you, or if they do, you barely get any money for it. That’s where CheapestTextbooks.com comes in. 

Selling your unwanted textbooks through CheapestTextbooks.com is easy!  All you have to do is follow these three simple steps:

  1. In the search bar, type in the title of the book, author, or ISBN code
  2. Make sure the book found on CheapestTextbooks.com matches your textbook
  3. Review the price comparison from various vendors to get your best price Click the “sell now” button next to the merchant option of your choice

Our selling comparison gives you the option to sell your textbook for the highest price.  Since merchants are competing with other merchants for your business, they are more willing to give you the best price they can for your used textbook. 

Hint:  to ensure you get the highest price you can for a used textbook, take good care of it while you are using it.  Avoid things like highlighting, writing notes in the margin, or folding pages in the book since these things can decrease the value of your book.  Who would want a book covered in highlighter and a stranger’s old notes?  Not many people, so take care of your textbooks if you know you eventually plan on selling them.

 When the semester is over go to CheapestTextbooks.com to sell your old and buy your new textbooks!