Textbooks are more than just fancy paperweights or a convenient pillow if/when you end up falling asleep during a history class lecture. They’re also at most times, a necessary evil.
College can get expensive. That shouldn’t be a secret. After tuition, paying the rent, gas money for those who commute to school (much like I used to), food and everything else that goes along with it, you’re looking at a pretty thin wallet for the semester before you even get started.
Then there are textbooks, which may be the worst of them all. A seemingly 50-pound organized collection of words, paper and cardboard that will make you wonder if you’ll end up with a physique like Hulk Hogan did in the 80s when all is said and done. An old professor of mine once called the college textbook industry as the biggest scam on campus, and quite frankly, it was hard not to argue with him. After all, you end up paying several hundred for books you’ll use for a few months with the option of selling them back at about a fraction of what you originally paid for it.
Fortunately, for every scam, there is a loophole. A way to beat the system, and finding one is as easy getting out your laptop and getting on Facebook in class during a lecture (don’t lie, we all do it).
For those looking for a way to save, check out Half.com, a subsidiary of eBay that focuses on selling books, music, movies, video games and more importantly, textbooks.
How does it work? It’s pretty simple: rather than being auction-based, books are sold at a fixed price based on a “bidding war” amongst the sellers. Buyers then choose which price they want to pay based on how many sellers there are. From there, it’s just a matter of paying for it and there you have it, a high-quality textbook for a potential fraction of what you would pay for it at the average college bookstore. Best of all? When you’re done, you can always sell it on Half.com. That is, unless you really enjoy it, think it might be useful in the future or you need an extra weight for your dorm room workouts.