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When should we buy books?

eurosport360eurosport360 Registered User Posts: 318 Member
edited August 2011 in College Life
I was wondering if we should purchase books now (online option) or wait until we have our first day of classes to see what books we definitly need.

If you buy the books a couple of days before, or the day of classes, will all of them still be available?

I would buy my books now, but I only can find new versions of calc and chemistry on the my school's book website. English, intro to engineering, and a freshman intro course are not listed on the website.

There are not even used options for the calc and chemistry books, and I don't have the money to spend $500 on new books.

Also, math and chem do not have my instructors listed....

I have the option to buy the books online and they will be ready for me to pick up, but it doesn't seem like they have all the book sin stock yet....even though it's getting close to august 29, the day classes start...
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Replies to: When should we buy books?

  • iluvpianoiluvpiano Registered User Posts: 2,033 Senior Member
    If you want used and can't get it online, then I'd just wait.

    I know it can bug you waiting. I don't have my books yet either. I don't even have most of my classes, which we choose at orientation a couple days before classes start. I only know a few music classes that we're preregistered for as music majors, and I've bought my theory books, but that's it.
  • StratusfactionStratusfaction - Posts: 527 Member
    I'd probably just wait. But then again, my school's already emailing me about ordering books now so we can pick it up when we get on campus.
  • JenniferinFLJenniferinFL Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    Depends, usually I start shopping for books as soon as the book list is available for the classes I have. That way I have time to buy used ones online and still have time for them to arrive and even order a different book if someone sends me the wrong one.
    Half of my classes though are using brand new books this year that aren't available used because they just came out. So, I'm going to wait for the 18th to pick those up because that's the day my school issues book vouchers from financial aid if you have enough after tuition. Since it's only a bit different in price between the college bookstore and anywhere else, it's worthwhile for me to wait and use the book voucher versus putting them on a credit card. I like to have my books in hand a few weeks early so there's less for me to think about as class approaches plus I get a head start reading through the material.
  • lacimichellelacimichelle Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    I get mine the first day financial aid becomes available to use in the bookstore. We don't get our refunds til 14 days after school starts, but you can charge books AT THE BOOKSTORE to your account. It sucks because they basically rape you on prices but this year I'll go on the first day we can, the 17th so I can get used books and rental books before they run out.
  • RoxSoxRoxSox Registered User Posts: 2,179 Senior Member
    I always wait...much longer than I probably should lol. Usually two or three weeks into class, but that's just cuz I'm lazy lol.
  • Sparkles21Sparkles21 Registered User Posts: 493 Member
    I either have all mine already or they are ordered and coming my way. I have to spread out my ordering to go with my (tiny) paychecks. Thankfully my dad has offered to give me some money to help offset the costs this year, one of my classes requires four books :0
  • UAKidUAKid - Posts: 554 Member
    It's best to buy at the end of a semester (when everyone is selling) and sell at the beginning (when everyone is buying). It's also a good idea to email all your professors and make sure the book they "require" is a) really required and b) the correct book / edition. I've had profs say "oh yeah that textbook in the booklist wasn't right"....GRRRRR.
  • pyrozapyroza Registered User Posts: 1,354 Member
    I always wait until after the first class meeting so I know whether the book is actually required or not. I'll also look up the professor's website (if available) to see the actual book they use, since often the online book list is wrong.
  • Marco117Marco117 Registered User Posts: 529 Member
    I always wait 2-3 weeks into the semester. Lets me get my money together, find the best deals, and gives the professor the chance to tell me what books i'll definitely need for the course or if i'll need a book at all.
  • PassengerPassenger Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    I get my books from Amazon as soon as the list is available. Much cheaper option.

    You should buy your books ahead of time. Sometimes, books can take weeks to arrive.
  • TheVetTheVet Registered User Posts: 348 Member
    I usually get my books offline (from amazon or half.com) when the books list comes out when ever I can. though at the same time, sometimes you can share, buy from a student, or sometimes you can get by without the book. So I buy my books in advanced (I avoid the school bookstore WHENEVER POSSIBLE), but it is up to you.
  • papertiger87papertiger87 Registered User Posts: 681 Member
    Since the list is up I'd order them very soon. I used to buy them and resell them, but lately it's been a headache so now I just rent them. Renting is so much cheaper.
    Buying them at the campus bookstore is a huge waste of time and money.
  • DJpsu2015DJpsu2015 Registered User Posts: 811 Member
    I usually buy my English books through amazon and start reading them before class begins so I wont be swamped with books. Textbooks, on the other hand, I don't really care for until the first week of class because they're so expensive and the teacher can easily change it.
  • UAKidUAKid - Posts: 554 Member
    ^^ Renting a book is dumb...especially with Chegg's model. Spend 1/2 the buy price and not own it ...brilliant for them, sucks for you. Reselling you can usually make 80%+ back.
  • TheVetTheVet Registered User Posts: 348 Member
    depends who you are reselling it to. the university (most I heard of mine included) very rarely give you 80% back. I only sell a couple books back to the bookstore, most i try to sell to other students who will be needing the same books
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