Law books are without a doubt one of the biggest expenses for students, and it doesn't help that textbook prices increased nearly threefold between 1986 and 2004 according to the Government Accounting Office (PDF). Sadly, selling them back for pennies is perhaps even more depressing than buying them in the first place.
But gone are the days when students could only go to the school book store and perhaps one or two used bookstores off campus. The Internet has created a virtual playground for shoppers, and here are 28 places you can save money on law books -- and note that many buy back books as well:
- AbeBooks.com: A subsidiary of Amazon.com with books discounted up to 90% off list price.
- AddALL: Popular textbook search and comparison engine.
- Alibris.com: Textbooks from 10,000 independent bookstores.
- Amazon.com: Surely you know of Amazon's excellent book selection, but don't miss their Marketplace, which has some of the best prices anywhere on used books.
- Barnes & Noble: Save up to 30% on new textbooks and 90% on used textbooks with free shipping on textbook orders of $25 or more.
- Better World Books: Free shipping in the United States; sales help fund literacy projects in America and around the world.
- Biblio.com: Brings together over 5,500 independent booksellers for a large selection of textbooks.
- BigWords.com: Probably the most popular textbook price comparison engine.
- BookDefy.com: Allows students to swap books with one another, cutting out the proverbial middle man.
- Books-A-Million: Free shipping on orders over $25 and "Millionaire's Club" for 10% discount on purchases.
- BookByte: Buy and sell law books and also get great deals on study guides and other materials.
- BookFBookFinder.com: "150 million books. 1 search engine."
- Buy.com: Has a "low price guarantee" whereby if you find a lower price at one of the "qualified Internet retailer sites" listed on their website, you can request a price match.
- CampusBooks.com: Compare prices on law books and save up to 95%.
- CampusBooks4Less.com: Search engine that price compares for you.
- CoCoMartini.com: New books for a fraction of the cost at the university bookstore.
- CollegeBooksDirect.com: Promises same day shipping.
- CollegeSwapShop.com: Price comparison search engine.
- eBay.com: Lots of former students sell their law books directly on eBay and their companion site, Half.com.
- eCampus.com: New and used books and a "bill me later" option for no payments for 90 days.
- eTextShop.com: Buy and sell textbooks; guarantees the highest price when selling your books.
- MBS Direct: Partners with schools to provide what it says is the largest inventory of new and used textbooks in America.
- Powell's Books: Started on a "derelict corner" of Portland, Oregon in the early 1970s, Powell's has withstood the test of time and now serves customers worldwide.
- Textbooks.com: Up to 90% off with free shipping.
- TextbookX.com: Nearly a million titles in stock and its own Facebook application to facilitate sales.
- TextSwap.com: Free service that allows you to exchange used textbooks online.
- ValoreBooks.com: Buy and sell used law books; offers great buy back prices.
- WhyWaitforBooks.com: Shop by your course schedule and save 25% on used books.
And here are two last bits of advice before you go online shopping for law books:
* Be sure you have the correct ISBN numbers for the editions of the books you need; and
* Shop early for the best prices and books in the best condition.