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Guide to buying textbooks on-line

Buying on-line can save you a lot of money on textbooks - usually $20-60 or more per book! This guide will help you make sure you get the right book for your class.

When buying a USED book on Amazon, here are the things to look out for (if you're buying a new book directly from Amazon, you don't need to worry about any of this, just buy and save!):

  • NOT international edition - International editions are paperback editions.
  • Correct edition number - For example, if the class calls for the 8th edition, make sure the person isn't selling you a 7th edition
  • NOT US library editions
  • NOT study guide or solutions manual
  • Condition of book - There may be highlighting, etc. Make sure you look for these in the description and decide if you're OK with it
  • If you don't know, ask the seller or buy from someone else

Here are signs that the book is what you want:

  • Price should be about $20-$60 cheaper than the bookstore used price - If it's ridiculously cheaper, check the above bullet points or don't buy and assume there's no such thing as a free lunch
  • The seller says HARDCOVER on the description - This indicates it's not an international edition. If it doesn't say, it might be fine, but it doesn't hurt to ask!

Shipping tips:

  • Normal media mail is $3.99, and usually takes 1-2 weeks but could take up to 3 weeks
  • Expedited mail is only $3.00 more, and takes only 1 week. Probably worth the money if you're saving $20-60!