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  • qlewis 1:03 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bity Book Bite: “BYNS” Books You Never Sell 

    Sometimes students buy books and then never need them again after that one semester. However there are books that, unless someone told you, you need again for another class later on.

    If you are a Politics major at The University of Dallas, one of these books may be:

    The Republic Of Plato: Second Edition [Paperback]
    Plato (Author), Allan Bloom (Translator)

    In my freshmen year, I used this book for one class: Philosophy and Ethical Life. Now I am a Senior and am in the class Plato’s Republic and to my surprise I needed this book again.

    For the most part this won’t happen but in those few cases where it does find out quickly. It is a really frustrating moment buying the same book more than once.

    Advice: Find out what major you want early and then discuss your classes with your adviser. Your adviser may know which books you need to hold onto. Asking a graduate student who has that field may help as well especially if they took the same classes you are currently taking.

    Here’s hoping your money is well saved.

  • qlewis 2:58 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    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
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    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!

  • qlewis 2:45 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Working with college books 

    Every semester books change along with the classes one takes. The question also arises on what to do with those books once finished with them. Some go to the bookstore and grab some cash. Others give or sell them to fellow students who may be taking the class in the future. Then there are book selling sites like Amazon.com where, once an account is opened up, one can sell their books there. I have utilized all these methods and some seem more advantageous than others. The end result though is that cash will be in your hands and that has always been the main goal for me. Hopefully I can expand on this topic in more detail in my next entries but in the meantime that’s my opening issue.

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