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Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 02:29 AM

This session has been the most expensive in terms of textbooks, in my entire academic career. $570AUD, that's about $430USD. One of those textbooks is actually a double pack of a textbook and a legislation guide, which, although it is a lovely gesture and probably useful, is an insult to my ability to do my own research, in a second level unit. Unfortunately they cannot uncouple them, so finding a different copy will save me of order $45AUD, $34USD. That copy is on the other side of Sydney, and unfortunately, I have committed to picking my brother up from school, because I am the only driver at home, so annoyingly, I have to wait another three days before I can head out.

However, that seems criminal, selling a $180 double pack and not offering any alternatives. My units and textbooks are as follows:


Buying used textbooks from advertisements on Facebook pages seems somewhat dodgy to me, handing over numbers and such, meeting people on unfamiliar locations on campus. I also don't really trust the restoration quality of them, it is not really determined. Why are textbooks so expensive and how have you noticed this?

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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 03:11 AM

I don't know why they're so expensive, but about $100 a class is typical (which is what it works out to more or less). I used Amazon almost every time and only had a problem once. It's probably your best option.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 03:38 AM

I've noticed they do cost a little but it's got to do with copyrights and publishing, at least that's what my mother says.

This semester coming up (fall) I spent $675.45 CAD or $514.13 USD on my textbooks. I still am waiting for one course that has not listed what books are needed. I usually spend about 500-800 dollars per semester. I don't buy used or online except in the case of last year where I found a good deal on it through amazon which backfired on me because I then had to spend an extra $160 for the computer access code which I needed for the course.

I usually just buy them through my university's bookstore because it's easier and I don't have to wait for them to show up or risk them getting lost. Plus most of my textbooks I have needed, can't be bought from the states because they're different (I mean, they need to be focused on Canadian aspects) so they can't be interchanged. But honestly, we usually pay more for books or other things here, even with the exchange rate.
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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 02:33 PM

I rent all my textbooks. It saves me a whole lot of money. The only time I haven't rented is if it was a custom book or I needed an access code. Amazon has really good deals though so you could always look there.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 02:53 PM

Buying from the school bookstore, at my university, was the fastest way to get ripped off. My books at the bookstore would cost around $500-$1,000 depending on the semester. This just wasn't worth the price for something I barely used the entire semester and would never open again. I started waiting until the first class to find out if I actually needed the book or not, because often the professor would decide that they didn't really care about the book (books were decided for the entire department, not by professor). I was lucky because we had two huge bookstores that would buy books people didn't want and sell/rent new and used books that classes at my university specifically required, bringing my book prices down to like $300-$500. It made a huge difference. I also had a few professors tell us specifically not to go online and get the textbook for free because they can't condone that . I did actually buy textbooks relating to my major, when I actually needed them for the class but I usually found them on Amazon at a huge discount. Another thing was that a lot of my classes had copies of the textbooks for that class in the library, specifically on hold for students in those classes so that's definitely something to look into.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 10:08 PM

I have amazon prime (Which college students can get for free for half a year, and half off after that 6 month period, which is $50 a year with your college email address) and I use that to get most of my books. There is a buy used option which I use for books that are pertaining to my major or are not very expensive, and then I rent everything else. I get the free two day shipping and it pays for shipping to ship it back.

Amazon prime saves my life yo.

We also have a facebook group where we can trade or sell books, and a guy does it out of his dorm too. I have been pretty lucky so far, but I do have to spend $200 dollars on a stupid access code this semester. No way out of that one.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 29th 2016, 10:36 PM

I've always used DealOz, HalfPricedBooks (used books), or rented them from Amazon if it's a book I'm sure I won't use again. Then again, all my computer science related classes, the books are useless and too dense to actually comprehend. In that case you're better off just getting practice.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 30th 2016, 05:40 PM

I've never had a problem buying (and selling back) used books from other students. Sometimes people would come and look at the book and decide they want a better quality or find out it's the wrong edition and leave, that's all cool.

The most frustrating thing I think is the frequently changing editions of textbooks, sometimes every year they put out a new edition as the requirement, so that it's not possible to get something used (or to sell your used book) at all. Because that's how the professors make more money - by forcing their students to buy their book.

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Re: Textbooks. - July 30th 2016, 06:07 PM

Most of my past professors have told me that using the previous one or two editions of textbooks is usually fine. For my Honors Psych course my professor told us to buy three editions back (i.e. instead of the 6th we could buy the 3rd) and then purchase the new DSM-5 addition.

My first semester of college I bought all of my textbooks from my college's bookstore and spent $1,600 for 4 courses. Now I usually use Amazon or something else, which I'd recommend. That, or renting is usually good.

Unfortunately books are (typically) a necessary evil.

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