This is the first time I’ve ever sold my previous semester’s textbooks and not had to buy more for upcoming classes. It’s a nice change, for sure. But for everyone out there looking around for the best prices on textbooks, here is a site that is going to save you some serious dough.
Chegg offers a textbook rental service. Huh? Here’s how it works:
1) You rent books from Chegg for a semester (until December 25th) or a quarter (until November 20th). Their prices are ridiculously low compared to even the used prices you’ll find online. Personal example: my fiancÃ© saved $130.68 on the books she ordered from Chegg, compared to the next lowest prices available elsewhere online. And that was just four books. Prices varied, but most were about half of the price to buy the book used.
2) Use the books all semester, even highlight in them some if you like.
3) At the end of the semester, login to your account on Chegg and print out a prepaid shipping label. Slap it on a box with all your rented books inside and ship it off to Chegg.
4) You saved some green, and Chegg plants a tree for every book you rent from them, so you can feel green too.
Typically I’m all for buying and reselling on eBay every semester. At least that’s what I always did. But most of the time you won’t make close to what you spent, although it’s better than the spare change the bookstore would give you. With Chegg, you’ll save more money in the long run and you won’t have to worry about listing all those books on eBay right after finals.
Chegg has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, and CNBC, just to name a few, and has been in business for a little over a year.