Have you ever heard of eCampus.com? They are an online college bookstore that not only buys and sells books, but they also rent them! They are currently taking the college textbook market by storm and most likely offer all the books that you need at a cheaper price than you’d find them at the bookstore!
My Days in College
When I was in college, I really only had two choices: (1) the college bookstore, and (2) the bookstore across the street from campus that sold books consistently cheaper. So, of course I went to the bookstore across the street!
I did actually have one other option (since I am actually a fairly recent grad), and that was to take my search online. But, there really wasn’t a central location to make my textbook purchases. I either had to search Amazon or eBay, and neither of them really specialized in textbooks, at least not like eCampus.
It’s Incredibly Simple
When you open up their site, you have all of the main options right there in front of you. You can either “Rent Textbooks”, “Buy Textbooks”, or “Sell Textbooks”. And, if you just want to find books, there is a massive Search Bar (that you can’t miss) where you can insert the ISBN, the textbook title, or the author’s name.
Buying a Textbook
If you simply want to buy a textbook, the operation is pretty standard. You search for the book, you find it, put it in your cart, and then make the purchase with a major credit card.
One thing to note though, shipping is free if your order is over $59. And if you get more than one textbook, chances are that you’ll be getting your free shipping.
Selling a Textbook
This is a pretty simple process too, actually. Here’s the process as it’s described on the site:
- Get a quote for your books by searching for the title, ISBN, or author.
- Select the books you want to sell for the quoted amount and complete the buyback process.
- Ship your books to us and get paid!
They sure do make it simple, and there’s plenty of positive responses on the web to prove it.
Renting a Textbook
I have to say that this option really intrigued me. I know that when I was in college, I would sometimes have to buy books brand new, and then had to sell them back to the bookstore for about a quarter of what I paid for it. What if I would have just rented the book? I might have been able to get by without losing so much cash!
After reading a few of the reviews, it seems like the rental process is a lot like Netflix. You select which book you would like to rent online, pay for it (again, if the order is more than $59, you’ll get free shipping), it will get shipped to you, you use it, and then when you’re done, you package it up and return it!
The site doesn’t say, but I’m guessing you have to be pretty careful with the book – I wouldn’t think that they’d allow you to destroy a book and return damaged. But, if you take care of it (like a good citizen), I’m sure there wouldn’t be any hassle.
Time to Buy Your Textbooks?
Overall, the site sounds pretty impressive. They offer a lot of options for your textbook needs, and everything is extremely simple (which I love). So, the next time you’re in need of some more textbooks, make sure to give this site a look! 🙂
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