Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

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mootpoint
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Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby mootpoint » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:03 pm

It may be a matter of preference, but does anyone have suggestions on which method is best for 1L students?

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Serett
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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby Serett » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:42 pm

As long as make sure your classes are done prior to the due date, renting.

Edit: But I don't write or highlight in my books, so that's an easy choice for me.

clshopeful
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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby clshopeful » Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:29 pm

I highlight and write in margins and still rent. Never had a problem in college or so far in law school (sent mine in a few weeks ago)

SunnySinceWhen
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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby SunnySinceWhen » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:10 pm

I rented last semester and didn't have a problem returning. The quality of the books was as advertised and there was no shipping delay (I purchased fairly early from sellers with lots of 5-star reviews). I tended to take notes in my own notebook then transfer them to a Word doc later, so previous users' extensive highlighting and annotations were not too irritating.

For this coming semester, I bought books for about $20 less than the Amazon rental rate off the school listserv. Pros: was able to inspect them in person before handing over cash, can probably resell later, was able to get the logistics taken care of right after exams. Cons: meeting in person over break is probably hard to arrange if you have a life.

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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby acr » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:56 pm

current 1L

For next semester I'm getting new books because the ones I rented were marked up beyond belief and I found it distracting

I'm sure it would be okay for most people but for me the money is worth saving the mild annoyance

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Joscellin
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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby Joscellin » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:23 pm

acr wrote:current 1L

For next semester I'm getting new books because the ones I rented were marked up beyond belief and I found it distracting

I'm sure it would be okay for most people but for me the money is worth saving the mild annoyance


I'm in the same boat.

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Re: Rent vs. Buy 1L textbooks

Postby Phil Brooks » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:30 pm

Save money and borrow the books on reserve at the library. Pay nothing for books over three years. That's around $5100 + interest less debt.




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