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Postby bloobook » Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:33 am

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cinephile
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Re: Book Rentals

Postby cinephile » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:26 am

I did that for a number of my books this year. I did it through the bookstore at school because that was easiest. It still wasn't cheap though. Renting was like $90, buying used was maybe $150, and new might've been $250. So, I guess I saved. Although, had I bought used and been able to resale for the same used price online, I could've saved more, but that's too much trouble and you never know when a new edition will come out to make yours useless. The bookstore warned me that if I had "excessive" highlighting, they wouldn't take it back and I'd be on the hook for the full price. So, I was just careful about that. I guess I'd do it again, maybe, but honestly if I had it all to do over, I wouldn't have bought any books and I would've just prepared for on-calls based on old outlines and done the same for exams. I find actually reading the cases to be a huge time suck and got nothing out of it.

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MBZags
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Re: Book Rentals

Postby MBZags » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:56 pm

I've done it for a few books simply because the purchase price - resale value > rental price. I used BigWords.com to find the cheapest price and then found coupon codes to bring the price down further.

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Mick Haller
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Re: Book Rentals

Postby Mick Haller » Sun Jul 22, 2012 1:17 pm

I'd say if the casebook is fairly new, it's better to buy and resell. I bought many books for ~120 and resold on amazon trade-in for ~$80-90. I probably generated at least $1000 in amazon credit from trading in law school books. Used them to buy a new flat screen and Christmas presents for a few years.

The risk is that a new edition will be released, and yours will be worthless.

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notedgarfigaro
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Re: Book Rentals

Postby notedgarfigaro » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:35 pm

some of the rentals my classmates had were marked up to hell. Luck of the draw, so to speak...personally I like a clean book, I don't trust other people's highlighting/case notes.

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Re: Book Rentals

Postby yo! » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:21 pm

1) Go to cheapbooks.com
2) Run a search for the title or isbn and it will give you a list of websites that sell it, as well as those that rent it
3) Find the cheapest
4) Profit

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Re: Book Rentals

Postby 09042014 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:31 pm

I used chegg.com and it worked perfectly.

I don't mind other peoples highlighting




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