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.