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10 Places You Can Buy Cheap College Textbooks From

If you are a student, then you will know the immense struggle that you go through to find cheap college textbooks. Universities are expensive, you don’t want to break the bank anymore than you have to, especially for a book that you may only need for one class. So, where do you go to find the best cheap college text books? If you don’t know where to look, then go to these places to find your next textbook.

1. Amazon

One of the most obvious places to find cheap college textbooks is Amazon. This is a great way to search a ton of different qualities of conditions, and you will get a competitive price point. Plus, the website is a great place for students to re-sell books, so you end up getting a great price that you couldn’t find in a store. Plus, there is typically a number of each textbooks on the site, so you can usually find what you are looking for.

2. Ebay

If you need cheap college textbooks fast, you should take a look on Ebay. There is pretty much anything you can imagine on this site so you can get lucky and find something for a low price that you can’t get anywhere else.

The catch with Ebay is that the availability is a gamble. This site isn’t known, or typically used, for textbook sales, and there isn’t always books up for sale. However, you should still take a look on the site when shopping for books because you just might get lucky!

3. Letgo

Apps can be another avenue to find cheap college textbooks that you may not think about when you are shopping. But, they can be a good way to get a very cheap price because it is something that the person is trying to get rid of. You can also haggle with the price that you can’t do on other sites, so you can get the price to something that is worth it.

4. Offer Up

This is another app that you can use to find cheap college textbooks, and like Letgo, the price is not always set in stone. You can bargain with the seller to get the price lower, and if they are willing to let it go for lower than their asking price then you get a cheap college textbook with little effort. Apps are also great for reselling books when you are done with the class. If you won’t use it again, get some money back by reselling it to someone else. You may just be able to break even!

5. Chegg

This site is a great option for finding cheap college textbooks that is simple and easy. You can purchase books that you will need for a longer period of time, or you can rent books that you know you will only need for a short amount of time. The website boasts that they can save you up to 90% on textbooks, so the price is cheap, and it is worth checking out.

6. Campus Book Rentals

If you know that you will not use this book ever again after your class ends, then you can bypass purchasing a cheap college textbook by renting from Campus Book Rental. You save money by not buying the book and the site can afford to have cheaper prices because they can reuse the same book with multiple students without forking over any dough themselves. Just make sure to take care of you rental so you don’t end up paying fees for damage!

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This website is a great option for those who want to shop around for cheap college textbooks. This site can save you lots of money, but also has a 30 day return policy. So, unlike other sites that describe the book as “acceptable” when the binding is cracked and pages are falling out, you will get what you pay for by returning the item if you’re not satisfied. The only catch here is that you will have to pay for shipping if your order is under $25, as opposed to some other sites that offer free shipping to students. However, if you are able to find a new cheap college textbooks that you need, then you will get free shipping and an inexpensive book.

8. Better World Books

This website can be a good source for finding cheap college textbooks with free shipping and great prices. The site is for profit, but they do accept some donation of books, granted they are in good condition. So, students get the positive effects of others generosity by being able to get cheap college textbooks that don’t look like they just survived an apocalypse. You can find new or used books on the site and many are low priced, and in good condition.


New and used books for cheap is what this website sells, so if you want a cheap college textbook, this is the place to go. You can buy, rent, and sell books on this site and you can compare the prices from other vendors to see if you’re getting a good deal. The quantities are abundant and you can make a wish-list to save for later if you are just looking but don’t want to buy yet.


This option is a great way to get a look at a lot of different sites at once. You don’t actually buy the books from the site itself, but you compare a list of dozens of sites to find the cheapest option for you to purchase from another website. you may end up buying or renting from one of the other sites on this list, but this is a great place to check so that you can compare a number of sites at once to go directly to the most inexpensive option.

Paying high prices for textbooks is a thing of the past, get your books for cheap prices through these websites to save you some money. Get your cheap college textbooks at any of these places, and you are sure to stay in your budget. Which place do you want to check out? Let me know in the comments!
Rachel Bonilla

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