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Cheaper Textbook Tips - January 4th 2011, 10:53 PM

I felt like making a thread where we can exchange textbook buying tips. Basically, my site at the moment that I love is Bigwords.com. The site looks for books based on the ISBN you give them. I have saved about 200 dollars buying the links they provided for the books.

Another tip I recommend is buying International on some subjects. I did it for my anatomy and for my microbiology after I confirmed that the teachers would not be using problems from the books since the questions can change while the content is in tact. One thing I recommend is confirming that the book is in color and written in English. I usually only by books that are located in the USA too due to the possibility of customs holding the book up.

My anatomy book cost new from the school. The used version was selling for 201. Online it was selling for about 150 used. Then there was an unbound edition for 120 direct from the publisher. The international edition, completely the same besides the side stories and problems, sold for 60 dollars on Ebay with shipping.

Chemistry I bought an earlier edition and that is also risky, but it does have a lot of potential savings. Make sure problems aren't assigned and that there hasn't been a major breakthrough. I saved 90 dollars buying an earlier book that I needed for my intro to fire class by buying an unrevised book. The only difference is that the updated fire code would be in the back of the book and I can look it up online.

There was a textbook bundle that I bought from the publisher and saved about fifty dollars between it being direct and using online coupons. I wish I had known that the school didn't use the other two books in the bundle because I would've just bought the book and the student workbook.

Future Medic and Infectious Disease Nurse. Current EMT-B and Volunteer Fire Fighter.
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