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Nov 11, 2004
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Getting CHEAP CHEAP textbooks

As most of you know, school textbooks cost insane prices and you usually don't use them past 1 semester. And then the course changed the textbook, so that they are worth crap. Anyone know of any online stores which sells book at low/clearence prices?
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You can always try [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=78]ebay[/rfdlink], they usually have some good prices for books
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its not legal, but i say photocopy the book. some books are outrageously priced and you only need them for one term. try and find a buddy to split the cost :)
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There was a post at some point about a publishers website where you could download the [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=32]chapters[/rfdlink] 1-by-1 in pdf format.

don't remember the publisher or link though....
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Aug 22, 2005
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I've found some cheap textbooks on [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=17]Amazon[/rfdlink], the used ones in the [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=17]Amazon[/rfdlink] Marketplace.
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Buy the cheap Indian edition.

:p
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B0000rt wrote:Buy the cheap Indian edition.
How? (for those of us who do not have relatives in India)
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felipe wrote:seriously?
Yep. Maybe I've just been lucky, but I found a textbook for my g/f for less than $10 I think, and it was about $100 new.
Just make sure the search is for the right edition number.
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Ron wrote:How? (for those of us who do not have relatives in India)
www.firstandsecond.com

I'll be trying them out myself for a couple of books that cost $100+ here but are ~$30, shipped from India (the shipping actually costs more than the book itself!)
So long. I'm outta here.
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squall458 wrote:its not legal, but i say photocopy the book. some books are outrageously priced and you only need them for one term. try and find a buddy to split the cost :)
I strongly strongly strongly suggest this as well. While it may be unethical and illegal, I cannot see any justification in universities suggesting books that you will use for 1 semester (and usually only a few [rfdlink=/forums/autolink/redirectpage.php?linkid=32]chapters[/rfdlink]) and yet knowing the book costs three figures.
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if your shelling out couple of grand for tuition bite the dust and buy the book lol
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oceans_end wrote:if your shelling out couple of grand for tuition bite the dust and buy the book lol
or don't and stock up on paper in the hot deal forums! :) now this bring to ask the next question, what's the cheapest way to photocopy someone else's textbook??
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Ugh, money doesn't seem the issue with photocopying a textbook, time is. o__o'
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I find it kind of ridiculous that so many people here advocate photocopying text books, ugh, and I'm sure you let all your friends "photocopy" your assignments as well.

Not only is it illegal but it's just plain riduclous, to sit down and photocopy a 600+ textbook is just beyond me.

Personally I'd say just buy the book, you're already paying so much for tuition, it won't make that big of a difference.

--Mark
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Jul 27, 2003
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squall458 wrote:its not legal, but i say photocopy the book. some books are outrageously priced and you only need them for one term. try and find a buddy to split the cost :)
Heck, if you're really set on photocopying the book, why not go to your school's library and get the textbook that the prof has put on reserve, and protocopy that?
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Tharyn wrote:I find it kind of ridiculous that so many people here advocate photocopying text books, ugh, and I'm sure you let all your friends "photocopy" your assignments as well.

Not only is it illegal but it's just plain riduclous, to sit down and photocopy a 600+ textbook is just beyond me.

Personally I'd say just buy the book, you're already paying so much for tuition, it won't make that big of a difference.

--Mark
Which is why < 400 pages is always my photocoping limit.

Why would I pay $90 for a 400 page textbook, when my others are $130 for 1000+ pages?
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B0000rt wrote:Which is why < 400 pages is always my photocoping limit.

Why would I pay $90 for a 400 page textbook, when my others are $130 for 1000+ pages?
luckily last year everyone in my program were pretty tight knit and we got around the time by splitting up the photocopying. A few would do one book, and another few would do another etc. for a total of 5 or 6 books. also, if you do two pages on one sheet then it doesnt take that long.

then once you have the actual photocopied pages, you can ask the copy place to replicate those for you. its illegal for them to photocopy the actual book for you, but not if they're photocopying the sheets for you.
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d_jedi wrote:www.firstandsecond.com

I'll be trying them out myself for a couple of books that cost $100+ here but are ~$30, shipped from India (the shipping actually costs more than the book itself!)
Hi there,

What kind of books are you buying? The ones I need, if I am doing the conversion correctly, seem to be more expensive than if I were to buy them here.

Example:

Multivariable Calculus (with Tools for Enriching Calculus Video CD-ROM, Ilrn Homework, and Vmentor) with CDROM

Price: 6308.38
Which, according to XE
6,308.38 INR = 173.378 CAD
This book is listed as $108.95 at my school's bookstore.

Another:

Contemporary Linear Algebra

Price: 5046.70
5,046.70 INR = 138.699 CAD
$114.00 at the bookstore.


Unless I am converting incorrectly. I guess maybe not all the books are as good a deal?

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