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    If you don't buy international edition textbooks, you are wasting money

    For American college bros: Every year at college I see people paying ridiculous amounts of money (often parents) on textbooks from the campus book store, to the note of $200-300 a book. Some people think they are being smart by buying off of Amazon instead, but it's still ridiculous profit for the publisher.

    International editions are softcover versions of a textbook that are printed elsewhere and are not intended to be distributed in the USA. However, they are completely legal to buy for personal use and are widely available with free shipping on eBay.

    On average, I pay $50-80 for books that are supposed to be $250+. Adds up to a ton of money saved over the 4 years I've been at uni. I just sell them back on eBay after the semester and get most of the money back.
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    If you don't photocopy your library's textbooks to have binded, you are wasting money
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    Originally Posted by DizzySmalls View Post
    For American college bros: Every year at college I see people paying ridiculous amounts of money (often parents) on textbooks from the campus book store, to the note of $200-300 a book. Some people think they are being smart by buying off of Amazon instead, but it's still ridiculous profit for the publisher.

    International editions are softcover versions of a textbook that are printed elsewhere and are not intended to be distributed in the USA. However, they are completely legal to buy for personal use and are widely available with free shipping on eBay.

    On average, I pay $50-80 for books that are supposed to be $250+. Adds up to a ton of money saved over the 4 years I've been at uni. I just sell them back on eBay after the semester and get most of the money back.
    I just usually buy mine used from Amazon. Not directly from Amazon but people listing their used books through Amazon. Just finished summer classes and paid 4 dollars for my Biology book and 5 dollars for both of my World History books.
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    Originally Posted by DonnieTC View Post
    I just usually buy mine used from Amazon. Not directly from Amazon but people listing their used books through Amazon. Just finished summer classes and paid 4 dollars for my Biology book and 5 dollars for both of my World History books.
    Yeah used books are good if the teacher allows an older edition, but a lot of the times classes require a new edition, which is also printed in International. As long as you aren't dropping over $100 on a book, you're doing it right
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    bump for the freshmen
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    so where do we by the international ones? bout to start my sophmore year. i just have been getting used ones on amazon
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    So far I have torrented all my text books. Feelsgoodman.
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    Originally Posted by Stormtron View Post
    so where do we by the international ones? bout to start my sophmore year. i just have been getting used ones on amazon
    eBay, if you haven't used it before it's really not complicated or risky at all. eBay is all about the buyer these days, sellers can't ever really win a dispute or even leave you negative feedback any more, so if you aren't satisfied you pretty much get your money back. Most booksellers have 98%+ positive feedback and have free shipping.

    All you need is a paypal account, which you could simply hook a credit card up to (or bank account), and the book will come in 3-7 days typically from international to the US

    Slightly inconvenient, but you save over $100 a book typically. 5 classes a semester, adds up quickly

    Originally Posted by DrBroscientist View Post
    So far I have torrented all my text books. Feelsgoodman.
    ^ This is the best, but could only ever find my calculus book and the reading material for intro Philosophy and such, most of mine weren't available
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    If you don't download pdf's of the book and put them on your ipad, you're wasting money.


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    But you can rent the ebooks for a semester for about the same price and you don't have to keep it after the semester is over.
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    Originally Posted by 3VANGELIST View Post
    But you can rent the ebooks for a semester for about the same price and you don't have to keep it after the semester is over.
    Usually they are pretty close in price, agreed, but having a physical book is preferable for most(especially if you don't have a tablet/iPad), and you can easily sell back the international edition book. If it's not out of edition, you can get 50%+ of the money back. Upside to ebook is obviously instant download

    If a book is not available in international or used copy, is not on a torrent site, and I can't borrow it from somebody, the eBook is definitely the best alternative.

    Seriously, anything besides paying those ****ing scammer publishers full price for a new textbook edition. McGraw-Hill is my least favorite
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    if you don't buy an tablet instead of books and photocopy them to read on it you're wasting money
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