Advice for Choosing a College Major

By: Mr. Wade

Statisticians will harp on the fact that historically, people who go to college earn significantly more over their lifetimes than those who do not attend. These statistics go back decades, but are they as true today as they were in 1970? That question is up for debate as many college graduates are burdened by debt, and total student loan debt passes one trillion dollars. Is a...

Post Textbooks for Sale at Your Dorm or Apartment

By: Mr. Wade

BookTrapper.com just added a new feature - students can now search their dorm or apartment complex for classmates to buy and sell textbooks with. In your dashboard, you'll see a button right by the semester select button. It will have a magnifying glass and the name of your dorm/apartment (which you entered earlier). Click this button and it will immediately filter the current results...

Will Print Textbooks Ever Go Away Completely?

By: Mr. Wade

As of late, there has been lots of speculation that hardcover textbooks will fall pray to the digital revolution and ebooks will eat away at sales until publishers give up completely. However, it's a big industry, and there are reasons why hardcovers have stuck around this long. I don't foresee a complete switch to ebooks, but many publishers are discoutinuing some hardcovers in favor of...

Can Students Save Money by Using Off-Campus Bookstores?

By: Mr. Wade

Yes, in many cases, books and school supplies are cheaper off campus because independent businesses have to offer lower prices as an alternative - otherwise they wouldn't be in business. The on-campus bookstore has a natural monopoly - that's where students shop because that's where they go to school. As a general rule, anything you buy on campus is going to be more expensive,...

UGA Students Can Save Money on Textbooks - Here's How (Skip the UGA Bookstore)

By: Mr. Wade

Being a large, research one school, the University of Georgia has a history of high costs for students. Textbooks are no exception. The UGA bookstore make lots and lots of money by selling new, buying used, and reselling back to students. However, online retailers have been making a dent recently. Amazon, Chegg, and many other smaller players are now direct competitors. Students can shop around online...

Georgia Southern Students Now Have a Way to Trade Textbooks with Each Other

By: Mr. Wade

Students at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, like at many other universities, have grown accustomed to obtaining their textbooks through the campus bookstore. But wouldn't it be great if they could just sell directly to other students - the bookstore takes a substantial cut of all sales. By trading, selling, and buying directly with each other, students can save lots of money. I did this when...

Find Classmates Who Need Your Textbooks at College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA - Brunswick)

By: Mr. Wade

This is a really small school, located in Brunswick Georgia. It's right by the ocean, so if you love the beach, it's a great place to go to school. Did I mention it's small? Often it's not practical or financially feasible to move and go to a larger school, and Coastal College of Georgia is fully accredited. You'll get a real good education here just like...

Why Does Georgia Have so Many Colleges?

By: Mr. Wade

If you don't want to go to a small community college, most students apply to the University of Georgia. However, that is a hard school to get into, and many students are not accepted. Compared to the largest colleges in other states, UGA is fairly small. For example, Ohio State has about one hundred thousand students. UGA has only about thirty thousand, which is still...

Waycross College Students(SGSC) - Sell Textbooks to Classmates

By: Mr. Wade

If you are a student at Waycross College (South Georgia State College at Waycross), you've probably struggled with the high price of textbooks at the start of each semester. After finals, you're often disappointed at the low buyback rate the campus bookstore offers. If you're lucky, you know other students who need your book. This site was designed to connect you to your classmates who...

Sell Textbooks to Other Students at Clemson University

By: Mr. Wade

You can get more money for your used textbooks at the end of the semester by selling to classmates at Clemson instead of the campus bookstore. This site allows you to enter the books you would like to sell and the books you need - it will match you with other students at Clemson with whom you can do the most trading/selling/buying. You will have...

Why Are Some Textbooks so Much More Expensive?

By: Mr. Wade

More often than not, the subject matter determines the price. It has to do with the "value" of the material contained within and how difficult that material was to procure. Knowledge is valuable, and Universities, especially research one universities (R1: Doctorate Universities), are expected to be on the cutting edge. When we're talking about price, it's important to understand who is writing them, and that...

Is it Better to Rent or Buy Textbooks?

By: Mr. Wade

The answer to this question depends on 3 factors: purchase price, buyback price, and rental price. If you purchase outright, you'll be able to sell at the end of the semester and recover some of your money. Obviously you won't get any money back if you decide to rent. User our Rent or Buy Textbooks Calculator to estimate which option is the best deal. It...

How to Save Money Renting Textbooks

By: Mr. Wade

In the past few years, the number of students renting textbooks has skyrocketed as big online companies joined the game. Campus bookstores had to follow suit, and many colleges now routinely offer rentals. However, just like purchasing outright, renting can be expensive. Sometimes it's just as costly or, in some cases, more costly. Therefore, it's imperative that you shop around; compare textbook rental prices from many...

How Campus Bookstores Rip Off Broke College Students

By: Mr. Wade

While colleges and universities have all sorts of ingenious ways to get their dirty little hands on money that students borrow, the campus bookstore racket is perhaps the most shameless. If you have ever been a college student, you know exactly what I’m talking about – it’s been going on for a long time. In the past campus bookstores had near complete monopolies – students...

Start Selling Your Used Textbooks to Classmates

By: Mr. Wade

In your dashboard, enter the books you want to sell into the selling column. Enter the books you will need next semester into the buying column. BookTrapper will search for other students at your school that need books you are selling and have books you need. You can message them, arrange a price, meet, and complete a transaction on campus. Select Your SchoolImmediately after signing...