What is it? This independently-owned textbook recycling company specializes in buying, renting, and selling new and used college textbooks as well as trade books.
Why we love it… Aside from the awesome discounts they provide, the site has one of the most rewarding buyback programs out there — and it’s not the kind of “rewarding” you might think. For every book you sell on the website, TextbookRecycling.com donates ½% above what they offer you to one of the charitable organizations it supports. The site also donates a limited amount of books to foreign countries through their “Books Overseas Donation Program.”
What is it? You know how we feel about renting!
Why we love it… Oh let’s see, the free shipping, free returns, and possibly the $2,281,740 and growing the site has saved students in the past 72 hours! What about the incredible resume of the team behind this website? Well, that ex-campus mailman founder guy is also an ex-Google marketing manager. The CEO of BookRenter was the SVP of products and services at CafePress, and other members of the team include an ex-Yahoo executive, an ex-SVP for Rosetta Stone, the co-founder of Netflix, and many more. They’ve got the savings cred and the sreet cred.
What is it? A super simple and efficient site to go to if you want to find a great discount with the options to buy, rent, or even sell your books.
Why we love it… Two words: TIME SAVING. Not only does this site give you a low price, but on top of that they list other sites for comparisons. Along with listing those comparison sites, CheapestTextBooks.com lists coupons and deals for those sites as well. Talk about friendly competition!
What is it? CollegeBudget is an exclusive site just for college students with the main focus of saving students money, making it simple, and making a difference.
Why we love it… The discounts! Not only does this site focus on saving students money on textbooks, but it also focuses on helping students save money on the big stuff, like student loans. CollegeBudget also offers scholarships and serves huge discounts on things like trendy clothes, yummy food, and the latest electronics.
What is it? A great site to help students save money and go green at the same time. All you have to do is enter the name of your book, find someone who has it, and swap it through the website or in-person.
Why we love it… We love the ecofriendly-ness of this site. Swapping provides a longer lifecycle to the textbooks, which means fewer trees have to be destroyed in order to process the paper needed to make new books. In addition, Text4Swap.com returns 10% of the service fees they collect, and donates them back to your campus to help your school go green in whatever way it chooses. Although there is a membership fee to this site (a super low $10) your first year is FREE. Oh, how we love that word!