Students find ways to save money on textbooks
Oct 29 2012
By Grisselda Pulido
Byline Staff Writer
Rogue Community College students are looking for more options to save money on textbooks which sometimes cost as much as $800 per term.
One option they are using is Amazon. Mathew Desoto bought two books on Amazon, and spent approximately $41. He would have spent $148 in the RCC bookstore. He saved $107.
The cost of some books vary, if bought brand new we are looking at price range of $100-$200 per book , if bought used, the price range varies from $40-$80, depending on what book it is.Several students who were interviewed have spent approximately $400-$800 per term.
Another option students are pursuing is Craigslist. Bethany Orndoff has purchased books off Craigslist. This popular network of online communities has its own link where previous or recent college students post their books online for a reasonable price. Orndoff purchased “Culture and Values” for $25 on Craigslist which saved her $65.
Wasick found a Math60 at the Goodwill store for 50 cents. She was “excited to have found such an amazing deal.” She said she had never “found a deal like this one before and from now on will be on the lookout for school textbooks at Goodwill.” She saved $89.50.
Others considered renting their books a great way of saving money. Shawn Espejo rents his Anatomy and Physiology books for a $1.60 every two weeks. He would have spent $370.15 on those two books. He also rents his physics book for $10 and it’s offered to him for the whole quarter.
The RCC library also rents out books for student who are either waiting on a book or if the RCC bookstore sales out. They have the book available for students for three hours, sometimes longer depending on the book. There is no charging fee to rent.
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