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Buying vs. Renting Textbooks

Rent-or-buy

 

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.

 

Renting 

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.

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Buying

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

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