Category Archives: College

International edition v.s. U.S. edition? – What to Look For

September 22, 2013

Here is a common question we get at

“I’m looking to sell my textbook.  At the beginning of the semester, I found the international edition was far cheaper than the U.S. edition, but I couldn’t seem to find out what the difference between the two books was.  I ended up buying the international edition. Can I sell my international edition back to you?”

Unfortunately, the answer is no.  We do not buy back international edition textbooks. We buy standard U.S. editions only. View our Used Book Condition Policy for more details and info on what else to look out for. And, if you paid a lot for the international edition, we are sorry to say that you may have been taken advantage of…

Buyer Beware

Many shady online textbook sellers will try to sell off an International Edition and make it look like a standard U.S. edition.  What you want to look for is black tape or large stickers that are covering up important pieces of information on the front or back cover of the textbook:

International edition college textbook example

international editions are textbooks that have been published outside the US. These books are usually significantly cheaper than textbooks published in the US. International edition textbooks are created to be sold in different regions and are often printed on cheaper paper and are usually softcover. The content may be the same as the U.S. version, or may have differences such as the book cover, ISBN, pagination, or region code.

5 Practical Ways to Save Money for College

March 22, 2013


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Are you looking for ways to save money for college? Pursuing a college degree is expensive and a challenging endeavor.  This is the part of  life where you need to learn how to manage your class schedule and your finances, as well.  College life is where you discover how to become more independent because you have to take care of your food, transportation, textbooks, supplies, tuition, budget, entertainment and many others.  It is normal to feel scared on how you will handle all these things, but come to think of it, you can actually transform your “fear” into an exciting experience, if you know the effective student money saving tips. When you follow the five practical money management tips, you do not have to worry and panic about getting broke in college.


Learn How to Budget Money

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Organizing and keeping track of your finances is the fundamental financial skill that you should learn as an adult.  Getting an idea on how much you need to spend in a month will help you to keep your finances in order. Prepare a worksheet, and track where your money goes.  Keep your receipts so you can easily record your spending.  It is also useful if you want to compare your records monthly.  Remember, you don’t need to spend all your money, make sure that you set aside a portion of your allowance for “rainy days”.




Buy Used Textbooks

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Buying new textbooks can be very expensive.  New science books for instance, may cost around $300 or more. Why buy expensive books, if you can have a second-hand book which is also of good quality?  Look around in a local bookstore near you; most of them sell heavily discounted textbooks in good condition.  You can also ask some college students who are ahead of you and or a friend who took the same course, if they can lend you their books or you can also rent to them.  You can increase your college savings if you are using second-hand textbooks. You can also visit your College Library and borrow textbooks for free.

Did you know that according to the College Board an average student pays around $1,137 for textbooks and supplies per year? Imagine how much you can save for four years (or depending on how long you will stay in college) if you are taking advantage of these opportunities?


Look for Freebies

The best thing about college life is that there are a lot of free amenities that you can enjoy inside the campus. As a matter of fact, most campuses offers free gym membership, free movie rentals, guest lecture series, sports activities, student clubs, and dorm diners.  Instead of paying for these services outside, try to look, ask, and build your networks around the campus. Take advantage of these amenities so you can save your money.

Moreover, don’t forget to bring your college ID with you, even outside the campus, there are some shops, bookstores, and transportation services that offer discounts for college students, just smile and present your student ID as a proof.


Be Smart and Frugal with your Dorm or Apartment Living

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When you are eyeing for some appliances for your dorm, try to check with your parents, if they have old appliances at home which they are not using anymore.  You can borrow it for the meantime instead of buying a new one.  You can also check with your dorm if they have a program for low-cost appliance rentals.  If there is none, there are some companies that offer for rent services, which you can also avail.  Buying new appliances are costly and you may not be able to use it after college particularly if you plan to move-out or work in other places.

If you are living in an apartment, look for few roommates or ask your friends to live with you, so you can split the rent. Living off-campus can be very costly because you need to pay for internet connection, furniture, transportation, phone, and security deposit during summer months.   If you can share these expenses, you can set aside some money for your college savings.


Look for Scholarship Grants and other Money Resources

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Photo Courtesy of College to Careers

Scholarship grants and other financial aids will help you to pay your bills. Ask your school regarding their scholarship programs and offerings, and how you can avail them.  Do your best to get good grades, so you can be eligible for scholarships for graduate studies, if ever you plan to pursue it. If you have good grades, you can easily build your networks and get good recommendations after graduation.

If you have extra time, you can also look for part-time jobs, so you can increase your college savings. You can also invest some of your money with a discount broker, so you can start saving money for your future. Learning the different ways  to save money will rescue you from being broke.  It will also train you to become more discipline in handling your finances.  If you follow these money management tips by heart, college life will be more fun and rewarding for you.

Top Selling College Textbooks For 2013

March 2, 2013

Based on 7 million price quote requests aggregated over a three month period, and the fact that these textbooks are holding their value, we have evidence that the following list of college textbooks will be the top ten sellers for 2013.  The data is based off of quotes to and aggregated by unique IP address.

  1. 9780078029332
    Management: Leading & Collaborating in the Competitive World
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  2. 9780470565100
    Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Tortora, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology)
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  3. 9781439078389
    Microsoft Office 2010: Introductory (Shelly Cashman)
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  4. 9780321558237
    Campbell Biology (9th Edition)
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  5. 9780073524597
    Understanding Business
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  6. 9780321651785
    Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (2nd US Edition)
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  7. 9781133190110
    MKTG (Marketing CourseMate Printed Access Card)
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  8. 9780073406732
    The Art of Public Speaking
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  9. 9780312601430
    A Writer’s Reference
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  10. 9781111346409
    Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters
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How Many College Students Rent Textbooks in 2013

February 28, 2013

In our survey of 532 college students, taken January – February 2013, we found that 83.6% of college students primarily buy their textbooks (new or used), while 16.4% are renting their textbooks.  This respondent size has an error rate of +-5% as shown by Survey Monkey’s “how many people do I need to take my survey page“. And, based consulting with industry experts at CAMEX, we believe it could be closer to 20% of college students that primarily rent their textbooks in 2013.

How many college students rent their textbooks? Survey results for 2013.

How many college students rent their textbooks? Survey results for 2013.

Of the 87 students that said they primarily rent their textbooks, we asked them where they rent their textbooks. Not surprisingly, was #1. Followed closely by as #2, and their college bookstore as a close third.

Where are students renting their textbooks? Survey results for 2013.

Where are students renting their textbooks? Survey results for 2013.

Then we asked all respondents how likely they are to rent textbooks in the future. A shocking 56.3% of college students are moderately, very, or extremely likely to rent textbooks in the future.

How likely are college students to rent textbooks in the future? Survey results for 2013.

How likely are college students to rent textbooks in the future? Survey results for 2013.

Here are a some additional interesting data points we collected from the survey:

  • Of the students that are primarily renting: Why do you rent instead of buy? 94% said “Cheaper”.
  • Of the students that are primarily renting: What portion of your textbooks are you renting? A majority rent 75% of their textbooks.
  • Of the students that are primarily renting: How long do you rent your textbooks for? 9.5% said 60 days, 28.6% said 90 days, and 61.9% said 125+ days.
  • Of the students that are primarily buying: Where do you buy your college textbooks? #1 was their college bookstore at 63.4%. #2 was at 55.0%. #3 was at 14.1%.
  • Of the students that are primarily buying: Do you buy used or new? 52.7% buy used whenever possible, 32.7% a mix of used and new, and 14.5% buy new always.
  • Of the students that are primarily buying: Have you rented textbooks before? 65.2% said NO.
  • Of the students that are primarily buying: Why do you buy instead of rent? 58.6% said “More Convenient”.

Take our College Textbook Rental Survey

January 2, 2013

Are you a college student? Do you like to take surveys for money?  Well, if you fill it out our survey, you will have a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!

We are interested in learning more about the buy textbook versus rent textbook trend.  This eight question survey asks some questions about whether you primarily buy or rent your textbooks, where, and why.

This survey and the $100 gift card instant win game expires February 28, 2013. Here is a link to the survey:

Good luck!


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