Textbooks have become prohibitively expensive all around the educational world. This matter is not just inconvenient for students today. With tuition money harder to come by than ever, many students are already desperate for funds. The high prices of their books put them in even more difficult situations. More than one student has had to choose between taking a class, paying rent or paying for books.
There are many ways to avoid these purchases. However, these methods of avoiding high costs are not always available. Some courses and schools do not offer textbook rentals, used books or simply run out of those supplies. In such cases, many students are forced to take a deep breath and shell out the exorbitant funds needed to purchase their textbooks.
With all that money spent, however, hope is not lost. There are ways for students to recuperate these losses and bring something good out of a bad situation.
They can keep their textbooks to support their learning in future classes that build on the same topics, loan their books to equally needy friends or sell their textbooks.
Selling Your Textbooks
Selling textbooks back to the school is not a bad way to recoup the losses taken on the original purchase. You cannot get back all the money that you spent but you can get enough to make it seem as if you simply rented the textbook. There are some things to watch out for, however, when you attempt this.
If you intend to sell your textbook when your semester or class is over, then you should make a point of taking good care of the book while you have it. The condition of the book will often play a role in determining how much money the campus bookstore will give you in exchange for your book.
When you bring in your books to sell them back, the bookstore staff will look over your book for signs of wear and tear. The same thing will happen even if you mail in your book or drop it off after hours.
If the book is in poor condition, this will significantly lower the amount of compensation that you can expect for your textbook. In fact, if the book has suffered enough damage, then you could lose out on any chance of recovering some of your cost.
There are several things that you can do to maintain a high value for your textbooks.
The most damaging thing that can happen to your textbook is the loss of pages or the destruction of part of the book. In most cases, no one will be willing to buy back a textbook that lacks some of its pages.
This is especially true if those pages have to do with the course content, quizzes, study questions or something else. You can avoid this possibility by leaving your book in your backpack except for when you want to study.
You should also avoid eating or drinking anything but water around your textbooks. Food and drink stains can be comparable to losing or destroying pages. Even if the damage done by food does not destroy the book, it forces the bookstore to resell the book for a much lower price. In that case, they also have to buy it at a lower price from you in order to earn a profit.
Even water damage can cause loss of value. Ideally, you want to be able to turn in the book looking as good as it did when you purchased it yourself. When you manage this, your carefulness will really pay off. You can get enough money back for your books to make it seem like you had just rented them.
What to Do With Your Money
The best thing about selling your textbooks is the cash that you get in exchange for them. This money does not just remind you that you did not have to spend as much on your books as you feared. Instead, you can use this money for a variety of things.
You can use the money to buy textbooks for your next round of classes. You can also use the unexpected windfall to tend to your other costs of living and studying. Since textbooks are so expensive, this could be a lot of money. You might even be able to pay rent, gas up your car or buy groceries with this money.
Do not get too excited to sell your textbooks. You need to hold on to them until you do not need them anymore and your class is completely over. You do not need to worry about missing your chance. Every bookstore, even those that are located entirely online, is aware of typical class schedules. When finals are over, take in your books and get your money.