fwaam wrote:Can any of the law students here comment on the relative merits of buying used vs renting textbooks? Does the typical law student want to sell his/her books immediately after the semester is over anyway, and is it hard to get a decent price for them?
Ask V8. He borrowed my Conlaw book for a semester, so I bet he can tell you what it is like to read a case that has already been highlighted by someone else (although I am pretty light with the highlighting.).
Me, I like to keep my textbooks. Yes, it makes no economic sense and I should be selling them. But I know myself, and I am going to appreciate having kept them when I can pull one out when I am 50 and wax nostalgic. Most students are not crazy like me, and sell them as soon as they can.
Some of my books I bought were used and a decent price (online). So long as the book is not too marked up, you should be good. If possible, look at the book before you buy it.