Saturday, August 2, 2008

5 Textbook Buying Tips

This is kind of depressing, because it means that you have to think about school, and who ever wants to do that. In terms of book buying, there are two kinds of classes. The classes where you read entire books and classes where you don't. But here are five tips to reduce money-spending.

1. Decide if you must buy. This usually means that waiting for the syllabus. All required books for classes are in the library. Moffitt has all the humanities books on 2 hour reserve and if you borrow them one and a half hour before the reservation desk closes, you can keep them until 9 am the next morning.
2. If you only need to read a portion of it, but you want to have that section handy for the final, you can copy it at a copy shop. There's a 2.5 cent place on Kittredge and Oxford and a 3 cent place on University called CopyEdge. They'll even bind it for 1.50 to 3 dollars more.
3. If you must buy, research your choices. In addition to the Cal Store and Ned's Books, there's Comegetused.com which a book-buying and selling community. There is a Berkeley branch and you do all book exchanges in person. It's fast, easy, and you don't have to pay shipping.
4. If you must buy at the Cal Store or Ned's Book Store, many large clubs partner with the two stores to give you a 10-15% discount. You just have to give them your e-mail address.
5. Use used book stores.

1 comment:

Caitlin said...

Yay 2.5 cent copies. I love Katheryn forever for telling us about that place!