How to Save $300 on Textbooks Every Term

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Hi there, it’s Tom!
How’s the academic year rolling? We’ve been talking a lot about used books and how profitable it is to sell college books back. But how does it work in reality? Can one really save money on textbooks? Let’s have a look at real numbers from the last year—they talk for themselves.

Max Buys Textbooks the Usual Way ($485)

Here is Max. Last year, he started at the Law School at Georgetown University. As a freshman, he hasn’t figured out yet his way around the campus. Max was also puzzled about how to save money while studying. Should he cut on lunches? Or maybe pause his Netflix subscription? 

Apart from all tuition and enrolment expenses, Max has to spend heaps of money on new textbooks. For every class he takes, he needs to get a hefty pricey book. Well, last academic year, with the list of books at hand, Max purchased those three brand new books with glossy pages on Amazon… and left 485 dollars at the checkout. Well, Max indeed had to tighten his belt not to spend too much that season.

But wait, for the coming term, he again would need to pay for new pricey textbooks! If it goes like this, this student will spend almost $3,000 solely on textbooks by the time he graduates. He will also be a lucky owner of a massive pile of useless books he’d need to move out of his dorm room.

Tom Gets College Books with Booksrun ($214)

Tom (that’s me) also majors in Law, and he has been enrolled in the same courses as Max. But instead of buying his books on marketplaces or campus bookstores, he gets textbooks at BooksRun. Tom is indeed a pro-user of this rental and buyback service, so he made thorough calculations regarding his college books expenses.

As for Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz’s Torts, Cases and Materials, which costs Max 224 dollars, Tom decided to rent it for $45 per semester. It should be enough time for him to get through the materials and complete the final assignments. Still, he can also easily prolong the rental period. Luckily, BooksRun provides return shipping labels, so Tom doesn’t spend a dollar extra on this order. 

Now it’s time to find the best offer for Police Administration: Structures, Processes, and Behavior. A used copy of the same edition was two times cheaper than the new one! Well, without further ado, Tom bought a used textbook for $87. The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment relates directly to Tom’s interest in Children’s Rights, so he decided to get a brand new copy for himself. Comparing prices on various marketplaces, he received this new copy from BooksRun for only $82. Well, Max cashed out a bit more—$96 for the same edition, but every cent counts when you are a student.

Look at the figures now: Max’s paycheck was $485, and Tom has spent only $214—that amounts to $271 saved! This number is a healing patch on a student’s budget! Luckily, it’s not the end of the story. 

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When the term was over, and Tom submitted all his assignments, he sent the rented Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz’s Torts back and decided to get rid of the other two books as well. He could probably ask around the campus if somebody needs these books or post them on Facebook Marketplace. Anyway, these are very time-consuming methods that don’t guarantee any prompt results.

Tom Knows How to Save Money on Textbooks with Buyback (And Gets $115 Back)

Tom decided to save his time and also earn some money immediately by selling them to BooksRun for a buyback! So he got $55 for Police Administration and $60 for The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment. Both books were in excellent condition, so his paycheck was very pleasant. As he was paid this buyback immediately, Tom can now save this sum for a camping trip he has always dreamed about. Or he can spend the money on textbooks for the next term. 

In the end, Tom has spent three times less than Max—only $156 (compare with Max’s spendings of $485), counting the buyback he got for selling college books back!

With BooksRun, he saves more than $300 each term. Can you imagine the amount you can save on textbooks by using BooksRun instead of usual marketplaces and bookstores in the long run? It is simply unprofitable to wait any longer—start buying and renting with BooksRun right now!

BooksRunners, stay safe!

P.S. And don’t worry about Max—we met during these courses, and I’ve told him about BooksRun. Now he is an active user of this service as well. Max has also joined the Loyalty program, so he earns points with every purchase on BooksRun. With these points, Max can get some eco-rewards or contribute to planting new trees! 

Iliana K