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Ned Racine

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Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by Ned Racine » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:28 pm

Can anyone who has rented textbooks from Amazon tell me how strict they are about "no excessive writing or highlighting"? Their rental price is about a third of the price to rent from my campus bookstore, but I don't really want to worry all semester about whether Amazon is going to take my book back if I highlight just slightly too much. I've heard my campus bookstore will take rental books back in basically any condition. Thanks.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by Clearly » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:29 pm

Just don't highlight...

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by xael » Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:32 pm

They don't give a shit. I've received books still in the shrink wrap and sent them back basically unusable and still been credited.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by girlrunning » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:39 am

I've always highlighted mine a lot and never been charged. I've also written a few things on the margins (not book briefed though) and that's also been okay. This last semester I was worried because a paperback book spine and a few pages became loose (to be fair, it had seen better days when I got it) and thought they would for sure charge me and they did not.

I honestly hadn't realized people had hesitations about highlighting or using the books regularly until last semester when a 1L mentioned it in passing.

TLDR: Just use the books like a normal person.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by stoopkid13 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:13 am

I write a decent amount in the margins and have never had a book returned. But even if they do return one eventually I figure I'll just sell it as a used book.

I think the only big issues are missing pages, damaged covers, and water damage. I'm actually kinda surprised girlrunning got away with missing pages but kudos to her.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by hdunlop » Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:04 am

Based on a couple of books they shipped out as long as it's not worse than your average ransom note you're fine.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by girlrunning » Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:27 pm

stoopkid13 wrote:I write a decent amount in the margins and have never had a book returned. But even if they do return one eventually I figure I'll just sell it as a used book.

I think the only big issues are missing pages, damaged covers, and water damage. I'm actually kinda surprised girlrunning got away with missing pages but kudos to her.
I should clarify that no pages were missing. Just loose binding and two pages barely hanging on.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by Supercalifragilistic » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:57 pm

Clearly wrote:Just don't highlight...
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Post by barkschool » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:21 pm

xael wrote:They don't give a shit. I've received books still in the shrink wrap and sent them back basically unusable and still been credited.
2nd. I fuck mine up.

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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by Desert Fox » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:26 pm

I used chegg. The rules allowed high lighting but not writing.
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Re: Renting Textbooks from Amazon

Post by xael » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:27 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I used chegg. The rules allowed high lighting but not writing.
I am shocked just shocked that something called "chegg" doesn't allow high lighting

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