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College textbooks could break the bank, ways to save


POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 5:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:13pm

College students, you better be ready to cough up a lot of cash for books before classes starts this year.
After you grab your books and hit the register, you wallet is suddenly a lot smaller. The average price tag on books last year was $1,200 dollars per student --- according to the college board.

Here in East Texas that's no different, Melissa Flores, freshman student at University of Texas at Tyler says she paid $690 dollars! Flores counts off her seven books and tell’s KETK she still has to order more before Monday. But seven books and almost 700 dollars later Flores says she's one of the lucky ones. “I know online it would be cheaper but since I'm on scholarship I wanted to pay with my scholarship money and I can't do that online,” Flores says.

But UT Tyler Junior, Joel Faulk, isn't so lucky he just spent $643 dollars of his own money on books. Faulk says, "That's a lot of money for a 24 year old." He says in the past he's turned to the internet to save, "Previously I've gotten books on line from Amazon, even Ebay they tend to be cheaper."

Buying used books or renting are other cost effective options. Websites like or offer books at about 20 to 25 percent below the average cost. You can even rent chapters on

But, If you're looking to earn a buck when you sell your books back after classes are over, Faulk says it's not really worth it but—every penny counts. Tthey won't actually buy them back for the full price, or even half the price, but a little money is better than none,” Faulk says.

When renting books, be cautious. If you don’t return your rented book at the end of the semester to the book store they will charge you a hefty fee.

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I had this same problem going through college. As a Computer Science student, I had a semester where my engineering textbooks cost over $1,400.

So I built a website to automatically search for the lowest price on the sites you mention (Amazon, Ebay, Chegg, Half, and 35 others):

Let me know what you and your readers think!

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