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Buying College Textbooks Online
Posted By Jim On 02/19/2007 @ 6:30 am In Education | 1 Comment
One of the biggest scams in education, besides shelling out thirty grand a year for a private university (just kidding Mom and Dad!), is the college bookstore. They sell textbooks at full price and then, at the end of the year, offer to buy back that textbook at a fraction of the price. Buy a copy of Machine Learning , new, for $153.44 and then they’ll offer to buy it back for around $20 at the end of the semester! It’s a racket!
What you should do instead is buy a used copy of Machine Learning for a 79.99 and tell the university bookstore to go screw themselves and their monstrous profit margins.
Some people have reservations about buying textbooks online because they don’t like the idea of buying something sight unseen. I share those reservations if the item is something that’s thousands of dollars (I did buy two cars on eBay, so maybe I don’t share it quite so much) but we’re talking a savings of 50% on something as dull as a textbook. However, given those reservations, here are a few tips I have for buying textbooks online.
There you go, my tips for buying textbooks (or any book) online.
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