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  • qlewis 3:51 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , online, plan, , , , service, use   

    Poll: For next semester which online book service do you plan on using? 

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  • qlewis 3:41 am on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , getting, , , online, , purchase, walking, way   

    Poll: How do you purchase books from the bookstore? 

     
  • qlewis 2:27 am on October 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: Online or Bookstore? Used books 

    One major obstacle when choosing between buying a book at the bookstore or ordering the book online is whether or not the book will be in good condition. Especially used books.

    There is a catch 22 of sorts when buying a book from the bookstore may produce a book that when you flip through a few pages they fall out or when ordering online a person says the book is “used-like new.”

    At least at the University of Dallas, they allow students to sift through a used book before they buy it. That way they can see for sure whether or not the book will last.

    Online there is no way to check and see. You just have to wait and hope for the best. Also what may seem to the online seller as “like new” may turn out to be different than what you consider.

    Personally, if one has to use the internet to get used books then one good guide is to pay attention to the grades people give the seller. Here are a few examples:

    • Amazon.com uses a star system with their sellers but they also have sellers promoted by themselves. Those are the sellers to buy from because it is more likely to get a used book in good shape though their prices may be higher than other used book sellers.

    • Half.com uses votes but allows people to scroll down and choose what condition of used book they want and choose the star rating of their seller feedback in regard to the used book.

    • Barnes and Noble.com uses ratings and stars for their used books. Along with where the book will be shipping from and its due days of arrival:

    If anything, when buying used always make sure the money going into the purchase was spent wisely.

     
  • qlewis 1:59 am on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , booking, , , , freshmen, , , online, site, ,   

    Bagging Books #2: Online Booking and University of Dallas Freshmen 

    If there is one thing I want to warn any freshmen coming to the University of Dallas website is Know Your Class Code

    It’s bad enough to remember the title of the book you need but another to have to check your class number as well.

    A sequence of events is required to see which books you need for the class.

    When first seeing the bookstore page there are three drop-down boxes to select

    • Select Your Program
    • Select Your Term
    • Search by Course ID or Select Your Department

    The last box is where things can get confusing unless you know your class number. Some courses have different class numbers and so they each have different books that are required for that class.

    The classes for the University of Dallas are not distinguished by name on this site but by number. That is the most important thing to remember when searching for textbooks in the UD online bookstore.

     
  • qlewis 2:58 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amazon, amazon.com, , , , , , , , online, , trade in, ,   

    Bity Book Bites uno: Amazon.com 

    One of the sources I use to sell books is Amazon.com. There is a place where you can register and create an account. However did you know that for some books you can get money delivered into a Amazon account?

    I did not discover this fact until recently when I was contemplating whether or not to sell a book through my local bookstore or on my Amazon account. It was: The Legal Environment of Business: Text and Cases — Ethical, Regulatory, Global, and E-Commerce Issues Hardcover edition

    On January 25, 2010, I paid in total plus shipping $161.70 for that book. Therefore after completing the class in which the book was needed, there was a urge inside me to get the best deal I could get selling back this book without feeling cheated.

    I made an account with Amazon a while back and decided to compare the prices in which other sellers were selling their versions of the book. Then on the far right of the screen I saw an option. An option I was sure that if utilized would bring a good deal sooner rather than later.

    $50 off the price I originally had paid for it but to me it was a good option and in the long run it worked.

    Some things to consider when using this method

    1. The book has to be in good condition. They will send it back if the book does not meet their standards.

    2. Amazon.com provides an option to use Fedex or UPS to send the book for free. If you are nowhere near these sources (I was) then you would have to pay for the shipping.

    3. Amazon.com has a time limit on when the book(s) can be shipped to their address. If you send the book after the time they give you then they will send the book back regardless if it is in good condition.

    4. Prepare for disappointment because not every book on the site has this option or a good price for sending the book. You may end up with a trade in costing less than the shipping costs.

    5. The money received can only be used for Amazon.com or their related sites. Though it says gift card, the card they give is more or less electronic and there is no option to send that money over to a different account.

    More information can be found on their website: http://www.amazon.com/

    When searching for details type “trade in” in their search engine or click the “trade in here” button when the option does show up.

     
  • qlewis 12:41 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asking, , , , , online, , , , what, works,   

    Poll: Asking for what works for you 

     
    • Valerie 2:18 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like selling to other students in my honors college because I can name my prices, whereas the school bookstore doesn’t give you much. I try to avoid the school bookstore as much as possible… major rip off!

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