In my inbox this morning, I came upon a curious little message, which told me to “Rent your books this semester!” It came from Chegg, one of the many college textbook exchanges I joined while trying to sell my unwanted textbooks.
Renting Textbooks is Smarter!
- Save up to 55-65% on books by renting.
- No waiting in line.
- Quick Delivery & Easy Returns.
- Reusing books helps the environment.
All good things – saving money, saving time, and saving the environment. But how is this better than the many other sites that facilitate textbook exchange, like Starving Scholars or the Facebook Marketplace?
Buying your textbooks used directly from students also saves you money, and it’s also reusing the book, so it’s better for the environment as well. I suppose the only difference in renting books is that it saves you time.
So the difference here is, would you rather save more time, or more money? Personally, I’d rather take the time to hunt down the book from someone on campus, or a used copy on Amazon, and then sell it myself at the end of the semester.
Also, I find that with some of my textbooks, I don’t necessarily want to get rid of them at the end of the semester. A lot of my film textbooks were just downright interesting reads, or insanely useful for future classes, or a great reference for my future career. If I had rented them, I’d probably keep several of them at the end of the semester.
It doesn’t say on Chegg’s website how much that would cost me (although it does say that you can do it), but I suspect it would be a premium price, costing me more in the long run.