Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Renting Textbooks

Classes have started back up for many of you this week (or maybe you've been enjoying snow days!), and if you haven't gotten your textbooks yet, consider renting instead of purchasing. I'm not currently in school, though considering going back, but who can forget the steep cost of buying books each semester and the pure agony felt when they are considered too outdated to sell back mere months later?

My friends at CampusBookRentals.com asked me to talk about the perks of renting and also about a new program they have where you can actually rent out your books to others. Pretty cool, huh?

So why rent?
  • you can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • you can highlight in the textbooks
  • they offer flexible renting periods
  • a donation is made to Operation Smile for each textbook rented
If you want to know exactly how it works, watch this short video.

I mentioned the pain our bank accounts feel when we try to sell books back at the end of the semester and are rejected or underpaid. RentBack.com sounds like a really cool solution! I wish this had existed when I was in school. RentBack is new initiative that allows you to rent the textbooks you own to other students. You will make 2-4x more money compared to what you'd make through buyback options! No more feeling screwed at the end of the semester!

I'm definitely trying this out when I return to school, and encouraging my boyfriend to use the site as well this semester. Not only is it hassle free and saving me time and money, but part of my money is going to a great charity. Operation Smile provides safe surgical care to children born with a cleft. Did you know that 10% of these babies will die before they reach a year old? With staggering numbers like that, it's no wonder there's a whole operation in place to fix it. I really love when companies give back - just another reason to support CampusBookRentals!

What's your experience with renting textbooks? I'd love to hear a firsthand account!

This is a sponsored post from CampusBookRentals.com. All opinions are my own.

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