Book Prices :(

<p>Hi friends,</p>

<p>I was extremely excited to buy my textbooks for two to three dollars each at this dirt cheap though reliable website. Unfortunately, most of them are now sold out and I am left with books that are easily 10 times the price of what I'm supposed to pay for.</p>

<p>Do you guys have any advice? Is it really necessary to order books now? Order them second hand on Amazon or rent them online? Or should I just wait until I get to school and take my time?</p>

<p>Also, I have an option of buying either the "Wiley Plus Stand-Alone Access Code to Accompany Visualizing Psychology" for $53.25 or the "Visualizing Psychology w/ Wiley Plus" for $114.50 on the Vanderbilt website. These items are for the Psych 101 class, and they seem to be something like online textbooks. For those of you who know about this class, which should I choose? Should I buy this Wiley somewhere else?</p>

<p>I'm currently overseas for the summer, and Vanderbilt probably won't tell me my personal college address for at least another couple days. Much to my chagrin, this situation had left me unable to order cheap books online ahead of all of the other students who are blessed with US addresses.</p>

<p>Blehhhh ... 20 dollars in textbook fees had just skyrocketed to 300 - 500 dollars. Not good ... not good at all for a stereotypical broke college student like me. Help!</p>

<p>Your address could be on people finder, <a href="https://phonedirectory.vanderbilt.edu/cdb/%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://phonedirectory.vanderbilt.edu/cdb/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Address format is at Vanderbilt</a> University Mail Services</p>

<p>Thanks a lot, zmoose27. It seems like my address isn't on people finder yet though.</p>

<p>I would recommend you wait at least a few weeks into the semester before buying books. My first semester I didn't buy a single book and still did ok, and my second I bought 3 (out of the dozen or so I was supposed to have), because the syllabi were all "YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO KNOW ALL THE MATERIAL COVERED IN THE READINGS FOR THE TESTS NO EXCEPTIONS, OH AND YOU SHOULD BE READING A GOOD 30 PAGES A NIGHT HERE'S A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE READ FOR EACH AND EVERY CLASS PERIOD" used two of them once (for about 15 minutes) and one of them not at all, and sold them back for a fraction the buying price (having bought them at a fraction of retail to begin with). Did pretty well there too. You really don't need them.</p>

<p>And if you find you absolutely cannot stand to go on without the books, you can always ask a friend to borrow theirs for an afternoon and photocopy all the relevant pages in the library. Dunno how much it costs but it's probably not too bad, and if even <em>that's</em> not cheap enough just scan them into a digital format and print them out on your own. Hell, steal the paper from the library's supply if you want, reducing costs further. A $200 book now costs pennies (and even if you diligently read everything assigned you'll rarely use half the book). Also, check the torrents, they might be available there.</p>

<p>You have time to wait. If you can get them for $2-3, you might as well (especially if they're ones you can sell back for $15. Could turn a tidy profit there, though I hope to be there the day you haul forth a wheelbarrow full of books to the people working bookbuy).</p>

<p>Your address is not dependent on your dorm - you get a mailbox number. If you contact Vandy mail services, they may be able to give you your address - just explain the situation.</p>

<p>I highly recommend ordering books before classes begin. You don't want to get behind. There are some excellent used book websites - search!</p>