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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sometimes Renting is Better

*I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own*

I would dare say that a few years ago I would argue renting was a waste of money.  When I was in my apartment, I literally felt like I was throwing away money each month because I knew, in the long run, I would have nothing to show for it.  I have found one instance where renting is actually smarter than owning.  In fact, it may save you from throwing away money!  Campus Book Rentals

As a current grad student, I have rented texts.  We all know there are those classes you are required to take that don't necessarily fit the mold of what you will be doing with your degree once you complete your program.  Or there is the professor that requires you to get the brand new 17th edition of the text because the forward has been rewritten and if you walk into class with the 16th edition, he won't accept it.  That happened to me last semester.  So, I rented the text.  I got to write in it, highlight, and even fold pages when I felt the desire and then, I returned it.  The best part: it cost me a fraction, less than half a fraction, of the price the text would have cost me to purchase!

If you're a student and you've never rented a book, let me enlighten you:

  • Save 40-90% off the campus bookstore price
  • Free shipping both ways
  • Highlight in the text (treat it like you own it)
  • Flexible renting periods
  • Risk-free returns within 21 days (Oops!  Dropped the class?  Return it!)
Something about Campus Book Rentals that really touched me was that with each textbook rented, they donate to Operation Smile.  That is so awesome.  So not only are you benefitting from this fantastic service, but children all over the world are benefitting as well!

One last thing - as if it can get any better - they have recently implemented a new program Called Rent Back where you can sign up to rent your texts to others.  So, rather than taking it back to the bookstore and getting a measly few dollars (enough for the campus laundry), you can make money off books you already own more than once by renting it out to other students!  I haven't gotten to use this service since it is new, but you can bet that I'm going to go through my old texts and see if there are any that might qualify.  Holla for a dolla!

Check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

2 comments:

  1. Renting books is a GREAT idea, especially for students on a budget. I am going to pass this information along to my younger sister who's currently a Junior in college. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I was so angry after my freshman year.. I had to buy a nearly $300 Calc textbook, and you know what they took it back for? $10!!! THIEVES I tell you!

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