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Old 08-02-2010 at 01:38 AM   #1
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Ok so, a lot of my friends are already scrambling about textbooks they should get so that they can get the best deals. I personally think it's too early but I'm not sure...Should I be worried about that right now as well?

to make it worse, I'm leaving the country until mid-september, so will I still be able to get some good deals when I get back or should I buy them now?

My major concerns are that it's too early, and different profs use different books, so we cannot be sure until the first day...right? :S

Any input is valued =) Thanks a lot!!
Old 08-02-2010 at 01:58 AM   #2
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Wait until the first day of class or even 2-3 lectures in before you buy textbooks. In first year, I made the mistake of getting everything early and ended up wasting money on textbooks I didn't even need but they were listed on Titles as required.

For now though I would just find out from upper years what textbooks are really needed from their experience so you can get an idea of what to focus on searching for and also search online for a digital copy.
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Old 08-02-2010 at 12:19 PM   #3
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It's definitely too early to buy books now. Profs change, so just because a textbook was used last year doesn't mean it will be used this year. New editions come out (although you'll probably be fine with an older edition, it's best to double-check with the prof), so you can't just go with what upper-years tell you. Sometimes books are listed as required when they aren't actually.

There will likely be upper years selling books, and the Titles website has a classified section that you can use. I've sold books through there in the past.

Your friends are scrambling to get the best deals, but realistically they probably aren't. Usually, if you buy books from someone, they'll look at what Titles is selling the used book for and knock off a certain amount from that. Titles hasn't released most of the book lists yet, so you can't check what their prices are. Amazon and ebay can be great, but the books can also be a lot more expensive on there too, so you should at least wait for Titles' booklists to come out so you can compare.

Relax There's no rush to buy books now, you have plenty of time!

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