I’ll admit, I was pretty suspicious of the rented textbook idea when I first heard about it. But I included Chegg [originally called TextBookFlix] in my textbook search yesterdayÂ all the same. Just to see where it would fit in.
After visiting my school bookstore’s website and putting in my course numbers, I had a minor heart attack. I’ve never had five books cost so much. Switching majors really threw me a doozy – film textbooks were much cheaper than business textbooks are! (Offset, of course, byÂ having toÂ fundÂ your own films.)Â Luckily, some of my friends have two of the textbooks I need. So that narrowed me down to three textbooks.
Three rather expensive textbooks.
Bought new, from the school bookstore, they would be $285 altogether. Not that I would ever buy new from the bookstore, unless I had to. The bookstore’s used total? $212.25 -Â only $72.25 less. Not that I’d mind saving $72, but it’s still far higher than I’d ever paid for one set of textbooks.
Amazon/Half.com total (they had very, very similar prices): $176.81
Chegg total: $119.68
All of these prices include shipping, by the way.
So the question becomes: if I bought my textbooks used, online, could I expect to sell them again after the classes are done for more than $56? Probably, although selling textbooks can be rather difficult – the bookstore doesn’t exactly pay you top dollar, in fact, sometimes they just don’t accept it at all (“we’re no longer selling that edition”). And finding a buyer can be a tedious process – I have a stack of unsold textbooks in my room to attest to that.
With all of that in mind, I think I might just rent my textbooks. None of them are ones I’m especially interested in keeping, and I love the idea that when I’m done with them, I’ll just drop them in the mail – they won’t add any heightÂ to my Tower O’ Unsold Textbooks. Plus, it requires less money up front, which is really good for my current financial situation.