How to buy college textbooks for less?

We’re at that time of the year again: it’s time to open our wallets and spend some major dough on brand spanking new textbooks. Or is it? After all, what’s the best way to buy college textbooks for less?

That’s an excellent question! And it really is possible to save some major cash in your textbooks bill for next semester. You just need to know two things:

  1. When’s the best time to buy textbooks?
  2. Where do I find the lowest prices on textbooks?

When’s the best time to buy textbooks?

According to an analysis by Extrabux, the best times to buy and sell textbooks are August 20 to 26 and January 7 to 13. Along those lines, if you’re in the market to buy (or get rid of) some textbooks, you better avoid November 19 to 25th and April 9 through the 15 (although you’re probably too busy enjoying your well-earned spring break).

If you’re wondering why that is, it basically comes down to Supply & Demand: when there’s a lot of college students waiting to get their hands on textbooks, online booksellers want to make sure their prices are as competitive as possible, so they lower them as much as they can. This means that in order to save some serious cash, you just need to start preparing to buy your textbooks during August 20 to 26th and January 7 to 13th.

Where do I find the lowest prices on textbooks?

As you know, textbook prices in most Campus Bookstores can scare most students off (you’re not alone). This is why it’s always a good idea to go online and track down the lowest prices for your textbooks. From Amazon to, there’s so many websites that offer either new or used textbooks for sale (and even let you rent them), that checking every single one of these sites can easily become a very time consuming nightmare. Fortunately, this is where we come in: with our textbook price comparison tool, you can quickly compare prices from over 40+ major bookstores and easily find the lowest price for that textbook you’re looking for.

Do you have any other tips on how to save money on textbooks? We’d love to hear from you!

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Tom is a member of the team and he LOVES books. He's on a mission to let students know how they can save some serious cash on their textbook's bill. He's a swell guy, so say hello to him.

2 thoughts on “How to buy college textbooks for less?”

  1. why did i only find this now?! i bought most of my books this semester from amazon at an ok price, but when i used your site i found out a bunch of books that were MUCH cheaper!

    i’m coming back next semester. keep this up, guys!

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