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Amazon--the best place to buy books

vtoodlervtoodler Registered User Posts: 2,111 Senior Member
edited January 2007 in College Life
I just bought some books really cheap off Amazon, and I happen to think that it's one of the best places to buy books if you're sure about a class. It's a lot cheaper than the bookstore and very convient to sell books there also.

What do you guys think of buying books off Amazon?
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Replies to: Amazon--the best place to buy books

  • somebodynewsomebodynew Registered User Posts: 2,895 Senior Member
    I've been buying books off the internet since freshman year of high school. It's awesome, but make sure you compare prices to half.com and abebooks.com too--sometimes you can get an even better deal there than at Amazon.
  • Thomas_Thomas_ Registered User Posts: 629 Member
    Yeah, I usually buy all my books on Amazon or other online bookstores too. Sometimes eBay is even cheaper though.
  • GregoryMitchellGregoryMitchell Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    How do you find out what books you need? I go to UCONN and I went to the bookstore and they refused to tell me. I then went to the registrar and bursar and both told me to see the bookstore! I have tried emailing the professors but none have responded.
  • juba2jivejuba2jive Registered User Posts: 1,001 Member
    This semester, I tried emailing my professors, and all but one have emailed me back. But I've also gone to the bookstore a few days before class starts, when textbook sales start. Then I write down the ISBN number of the books for my classes and go buy them on Amazon.
  • vtoodlervtoodler Registered User Posts: 2,111 Senior Member
    you should find out on the bkstr website.

    Have you guys also tried selling books on Amazon? It's good.
  • gemstar66gemstar66 Registered User Posts: 766 Member
    Will people even buy books from you on amazon if you have no feedback? I'm trying to sell two books there, but I feel like people will overlook my sales since I'm not an established seller or anything.
  • __allie____allie__ Registered User Posts: 3,066 Senior Member
    half.com

    generally waaay cheaper than amazon.
  • nspedsnspeds - Posts: 5,382 Senior Member
    I use alibris and amazon.com market place.
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Super Moderator Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    Haha, gemstar, do you yourself buy from people with no feedback? I sure do, if they have the lowest price.

    I've sold 10 or 12 books on Amazon now, and they sold pretty quickly even when I didn't have any feedback. Pricing them low seems to do the trick. ;)

    For those who are buying books, you might want to check out bigwords.com -- it's a book price search engine, and they'll compare the prices of all your books at lots of different internet sites for you. They'll also come up with the cheapest plan overall and the cheapest single site price.
  • sydney_bristow87sydney_bristow87 Registered User Posts: 1,199 Senior Member
    campusi.com - compares prices between various online book selling sites (i.e. amazon, ebay, and half)
    if you have some sort of book trade group established at your school, that's the best way to go... we have a facebook group, and it's awesome... cheaper prices than half/amazon/ebay, and no shipping hassles... downside is that you probably won't be able to find all of your books... it's helpful though.
  • gemstar66gemstar66 Registered User Posts: 766 Member
    Haha, gemstar, do you yourself buy from people with no feedback? I sure do, if they have the lowest price.

    omg you were so right mollie! I put a calc book up today for 1$ below the lowest price, and someone already bought it!
  • molliebatmitmolliebatmit Super Moderator Posts: 12,374 Senior Member
    People are cheap. :D
  • ecnerwalc3321ecnerwalc3321 Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    gregorymitchell,

    yeah, bookstores don't tell you stuff like that. email your professors, they will tell you. ask for edition, or better yet, isbn. I ususally ask around and keep my eyes peeled around the bookstore and note what books are used. the cover of the book is easily remembered so when the time comes that I need to use it, I just go to amazon compare the covers, make sure it's the right edition and buy it. (This really only works if you know that you are taking a specific class in the future. For engineering, the book doesn't change all that often)
  • steeveesteevee Registered User Posts: 828 Member
    eBay is just as good, if not better. I bought two books for $17 + $23 + $20 shipping on eBay when it would've costed me $75 + $50 + $25-$30 shipping. The prices are in USD btw.
  • vtoodlervtoodler Registered User Posts: 2,111 Senior Member
    But I heard that the shipping costs on half.com is very expensive.
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