Renting Textbooks

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jessuf
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Renting Textbooks

Postby jessuf » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:59 pm

Does anyone rent books? If so, good sites other than bookrenter.com?

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby truevines » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:21 pm

Jessuf wrote:Does anyone rent books? If so, good sites other than bookrenter.com?


you can try half.com

I rented two casebook there last semester and was very satisfied with the books' quality and the easy returning processes.

By the way, you should save the shipping package for later returning.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby JOThompson » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:24 pm

I saw an option to rent a casebook from Amazon the other day. It was roughly 1/3 of the list price.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby wintersm05 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:29 pm

Chegg.com is great.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:30 pm

I used chegg.com last semester and this. They make it super ready.

Damn winter beat me.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby LjakW » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:43 pm

I rented from B&N. One books was in poor condition and had a weird smell to it (but perfectly readable), the other was probably brand new. Okay experience, and, overall, I would still rent again.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby Extension_Cord » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:57 am

Buy books early, you will get them much much cheaper. One of my books for next semester was selling for $100 used (good) a month and a half ago, now it sells for $180 used (good). If you buy early in good condition and you sell them at the right time you will actually make money on them. Just sell your books that have 2011 or 2012 in the title ASAP at a competitve price because those books will sell for $5 or less the following semester. I had three 2011 books in Fall, and sold all of them at a 1/3 loss, but I knew if I didn't sell them before Spring Semester it wouldnt be worth selling at all. Right now, Con Law, Torts, and Contracts books are selling really low, dont drop their price yet because next Fall they will go back up in value unless they come out with a new edition.

Rent your books if you dont want to go through the hassel.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby jjlaw » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:08 am

I used Amazon Marketplace last semester and got some pretty good deals, but then I realized that it's going to be a pain selling the books back later. So this semester, I used Chegg. I just got 3 of my textbooks. One is clean, but two are pretty highlighted and marked up. I'm pretty disappointed because I like to read clean texts, or at least with minimal highlighting and marks, but I'm sure I'll get over it. Plus, the technicolor highlighting might help when I'm in a time crunch.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby CleverGirl » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:49 am

collegebookrenter.com

I've rented from there for the past two semesters. Free shipping both ways, but if you want the free shipping, order EARLY. Some books take up to 10 days to come in. Some of my husband's books were brand new, the others were in excellent used condition.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby jetergrl2ss » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:16 pm

bigwords.com
Searches all over the internet for best prices. You can search for all of your books before it does the final price calc and it allows you to buy from multiple vendors, rent, etc. or choose cheapest from once source if that's more convenient. I love it.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby Zazelmaf » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:17 pm

Might as well buy used earlier and sell back. Renting, at least from the school bookstore is awful. If you lose the book or it is damaged for some reason you have to pay almost the new cost on top of the rental cost with another $20ish to cover an administrative fee and tax (of course).

If you buy used, you are can always sell back, sometimes for a gain, especially if you buy as early as possible.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby cinephile » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:32 pm

I'm renting from the school bookstore. It's half the price of buying the book used. Of course I have to keep them looking like new, so I guess no highlighting. Maybe I can get by just with tabs.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby 09042014 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:44 pm

cinephile wrote:I'm renting from the school bookstore. It's half the price of buying the book used. Of course I have to keep them looking like new, so I guess no highlighting. Maybe I can get by just with tabs.


My school store allows us to highlight.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby jessuf » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:32 pm

yeah, i ended up renting my con law book so i could get a 50% discount, and highlighting is allowed. however, with that said, it is a used rental, so there is a ton of highlighting, underlining, and scribbles in there already. this annoys me.

i agree with the whole buying used books but doing it earlier to save money. however, i don't get textbook assignments until super late. i generally try to buy used supplements really early on, though.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby cinephile » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:49 am

Our school rents them both new and used. If mine are already used (haven't gotten them yet), then I can continue to mark them up, but if they're new, I can't. Whatevs, I'm not paying $170 for a book I'll never use again after this semester.

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Re: Renting Textbooks

Postby goosey » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:12 am

I rented all my books this semester after the hassel of trying to sell my books back to the bookstore last semester---they tried giving me $11 for a $180 casebook because it wasnt being used this semester! im going to try selling it on half.com now, but its not worth the hassel to me so I decided to just rent. i rented from my school bookstore and ecampus.com [if you put stuff in your basket, enter your email info etc but then never check out, they will send you a $3 coupon code thru email to entice you into coming back an dchecking out...$3 isnt much, but hey, if you can get a discount just for not checking out rt away, why not :p]




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