sternc wrote:This has been discussed, but how is everyone buying their books? Are y'all just going through the university, half.com, amazon, or what? Do you think buying used books is a bad idea?
There's nothing wrong with used so long as you get the right edition. I got all mine through Amazon, some new some used. In some cases the new was cheaper than the used, which I thought was weird. The 2010 Constitutional Law supplement for section 1 wasn't available yet, as best as I could tell.
I don't know about y'all, but having anyone else's highlights in my books would drive me crazy. I'll probably stay away from the used ones.
That said, have any of you tried renting textbooks (through, e.g., ecampus.com, which seems to have all the casebooks)? I was thinking I might buy everything besides casebooks, which I know I'll never need/want again after this semester. But if renting is going to be the same as buying secondhand (in terms of condition) and reselling, it may not be worth it.