It should come as no surprise that textbooks, specifically law school textbooks, are the biggest racket around. New court decisions and changes in statutes drive the release of new editions, which are churned out before you've even cracked your first exam.
I've been a student for awhile now, so I'm no stranger to a college bookstore or to Amazon.com but, without fail, I procrastinate every year when it comes time to purchase my textbooks so I'm left flailing and frantically searching for books. I usually stop by the law school consignment store for a good laugh because they never have the books I need; if I were enrolled in Civ Pro or Contracts, I'd be golden. Panicked, my next stop is the campus bookstore where they gladly empty the contents of my bank account and send me on my merry way.
Well, yesterday, I got mad and I was also feeling a little broke. Those two feelings in combination often lead to really good ideas or to really bad times spent culling through my already depleted cd collection looking for discs with few scratches suitable for resale.
My really good idea that is so un-original as to be laughable? Comparison shopping. A few quick pecks of the keyboard at Amazon.com* and I immediately knew I had spent way too much money on my shiny new books: $135.50 for Basic Criminal Procedure + $103.50 for Secured Transactions. From Amazon.com, I purchased a new Secured Transactions text for the unbelievable low price of $69 and a slightly used Basic Crim Pro book for $50. A savings of nearly $120 after shipping and handling!
I was an idiot. I can admit that because if my moments of idiocy can help YOU save a bunch of money on your textbooks, then hey, my job is done.
*I am not employed by nor have I received compensation from Amazon.com. I'm just your everyday gal trying to save a few pennies.