Friday, January 25, 2013

Campus Book Rentals

The other day my friend and I were talking about what things we missed from college. I actually think that conversation started because of this post. Anyway.. things I miss include: scheduling my day so that I wouldn't miss Days of Our Lives, the salad bar in the dining hall, and the fact that there was always something going on. I also kind of miss learning. I really did enjoy going to class and hearing my professors talk. However, I don't miss writing papers, midterms/final, and spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks that I wouldn't use after the 12 week term was up.

Last week I was contacted by Campus Book Rentals to write a blog post about their company. Before I said yes, I wanted to check it out myself. I looked up a class at my college's bookstore (a class I took 2 summers ago when I was working on my masters degree): Sports Nutrition.
Nutrition for Health, Fitness & Sport
Campus Book Rentals
The required book for the class was $153 new or $114.75 used. Through Amazon the same book was $96.78 used (they also had a rental option for $65.75.) Campus Book Rentals had it for $45.35! Plus, there is free shipping and you can even highlight in the book. There is even a 30 day risk free return policy if you end up not needing the book or you drop the class (Business Writing I am looking at you.)

They also have a RentBack program where you can rent out your text books to other students. This allows you to get more money back for your books than if you were to just sell them back to the bookstore. (I did take $20 for a $100+ general science book freshman year).

Campus Book Rentals is also a partner with Operation Smile, a non-profit group that helps get cleft lip surgeries to children that cannot afford them on their own.  With every book rented through their site, they donate money to Operation Smile.

If I were still in college, scheduling my days around Days (ha!) I would for sure be looking into Campus Book Rentals (especially for those general ed classes I had to take during my first couple of years as an undergrad... music lit, US history and of course that dumb general science class.)

I was compensated for this post, but all of the opinions are mine!

1 comment:

Gina Gao said...

I don't believe college books are exciting to anyone.