Ever Thought About Renting Your Textbooks? Check Out eCampus.com

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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:

  1. Get a quote for your books by searching for the title, ISBN, or author.
  2. Select the books you want to sell for the quoted amount and complete the buyback process.
  3. 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 itΒ  (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! πŸ™‚

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21 Comments

  1. I really wish I would have saved all those text books. However, I have a funny feeling those books have been updated 10 times over already. πŸ™‚

    • Yeah – textbooks tend to update their versions every couple of semesters….it’s crazy…. what a waste.

  2. I wish I could have rented text books but when I went to school they were always included in the tuition you had to pay. You had no choice. Not very green if you ask me.

    • This is the one time where renting something might actually make sense! You know you aren’t going to keep the book, you don’t want to lose $50 by buying your book new and selling it used… I think it’s a great resource!

  3. I usually bought the previous year’s edition off Amazon for way less and the content was never that different from the newest edition. Knowing people in my major also made it easy to buy books off of them or swap a book I had for one of theirs. Buying college books was such a pain! I did keep a few books that I still use at the hospital when I need to do some digging on a patient, so I guess some are worth the money.

    • My friend did that for our Calculus class, and then he found out that all of the homework problems were different….he had to figure out what the questions were from one of his classmates (normally me) before he went home every day….. but I guess he did save some money! πŸ˜‰

    • Your site is looking great by the way! Congrats!

  4. I was always a big fan of buying used textbooks and then reselling them at the end of the semester (which is kind of like renting I guess). I’m not sure if the eCampus option ends up being cheaper anymore, but I would definitely consider renting from them as just about anything beats paying full price in the campus book store.

    • I assume that since the school isn’t involved, the books will naturally be cheaper. Sometimes I suggest buying used from a friend and then sell it used to another friend. That way, you hardly lose any money at all.

  5. Renting really can be great, though it can be difficult with science classes. Usually the lab books end up being used throughout the semester and it can be a pain to try and photocopy every page.

    • Juan, if you rent the book, you’d keep it for the whole semester. No photocopying needed! πŸ™‚

  6. Great idea. I think you can also rent textbooks from Amazon. I’m so glad renting is available now.

    • I didn’t know that! If I go back to grad school, I’m going to be getting some cheap books! πŸ™‚

  7. I rented one of the books for my son from a local bookstore. I was surprised to learn that you can write in them and highlight them with no problem. The only thing you can’t do is tear out pages.

    • That is surprising! Wow. Renting is sounding better all the time!

  8. Renting textbooks is the only way to go. Although it still isn’t as cheap as I’d hope, it’s certainly less expensive than the full price option.

    • Yep. It’s still a toss up between buying the used book and reselling it, or renting the book. Either way, like you say, it’s still better than buying new!

  9. I was lucky enough to discover half.com… bought used books and resold them on the same site. I’m sure this site is comparable to half.com

    • Sounds very similar! You always have some great frugal tips! πŸ™‚

  10. When I was in college, eCampus was just starting out, as was Half.com. I ended up buying ans selling my books on Half.com and loved it. The prices were cheaper and I got more when I went to sell. I remember my first semester freshman year trying to sell my Accounting I book back to the campus bookstore. I bought the book for $250 and they were going to give me $35! The next semester, they were selling my used book for $150!

    I learned about renting textbooks in grad school. I never did it, as I was almost finished with my degree at the time. Though I definitely would have done it had I known of it sooner.

  11. Textbook renting is indeed a great way to save your pocket money, aside from buying used textbooks. I would suggest college students to rent or buy used textbooks online by comparing several textbook companies and find out the one with the best offer πŸ™‚


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