Textbooks present a great challenge to the thrifty college student. They’re expensive, but they’re also required for our academic success.
While an “up to 50 percent” buyback policy at the UCLA store seems all right, we sometimes can’t help but feel that our textbooks, which for the most part are still in perfect condition, are worth more than what the store offers for them.
Faced with the mountain of textbooks piling up in the corner of your room and the never-ending line at the textbook store in Ackerman Union, you may have already asked this question: how do I get more money for my textbooks and buy them for less?
Bruinwalk.com is the perfect site to start the search. It’s kind of like a UCLA Craigslist for textbooks (and a place to rate your professors). Just search for a textbook under the “textbooks” tab and you’ll find a lot of student postings. From there, you can contact the seller and arrange to meet somewhere on campus or wherever is convenient for both of you. Likewise, you can also sell your own textbooks on Bruinwalk.com. While you are there, you might as well
procrastinate read some professor reviews for next quarter (or post your own).
Many students have also begun to post the books they are selling in various Facebook Groups within UCLA. There’s groups for different majors and every class year. There’s even a group dedicated to textbooks alone. There are usually a lot of posts about all sorts of things, but don’t worry, we (and Facebook) have got you covered. We suggest using the search bar in the upper right corner in each group to find keywords or classes, which should help you filter out the irrelevant posts.
If you prefer to buy new books, there is always Amazon. It’s almost a guarantee that you will save at least a few dollars off even a new textbook. There’s free (yes, free!) two-day (yes, two-day!) shipping for six months if you sign up for Amazon Student using your @ucla.edu email. What’s even better is the free two-day shipping applies for anything, and we mean anything, on Amazon that is eligible for Prime. Online shopping spree, anyone? Just kidding, we’re college students.
As for selling your books on Amazon, you have two options. You can either trade-in your books for Amazon gift cards for future usage or sell your own books on Amazon, perfect for future entrepreneurs.
If the internet’s not your thing (or you just really like book stores), there is always Textbook Plus in Westwood. Sure, it’s a bit of a walk from campus but you’ll find your textbooks (both new and used versions) for a few dollars less. And if you prefer your books unmarked, unhighlighted and with unbent spines, dig around and you are bound to find some used versions that meet all those criteria.
Textbook Plus’ buyback rate is up to 55 percent, 5 percent more than the UCLA store. In the event that you are left with a book that the UCLA store won’t buy back because the professor changed versions, Textbook Plus will sometimes buy back the book. Yeah, the price might be low, but, hey, if you really want to get rid of that book that reminds you of that class you really hated…
What are some other places where you can buy and sell textbooks? Are there any other academic resources you would like us to cover next quarter? Let us know @dbmojo or comment below.