How to NOT Get Raped by College Bookstores (Written for Matt Au)

To enlighten my clueless freshman friend on how to save money on textbooks, here’s a condensed instruction manual on saving money:

1) Go to and navigate to TCNJ’s bookstore.
2) Get a list of textbooks by entering in your course names/ID.
3) Once you have your list, DO NOT just go straight to Amazon or and paste in the name. I did that once and i got the wrong edition… well, you could do that, but to be safe: Go to the publisher’s site and search for the textbook. Once you’ve found it, copy and paste the ISBN number (10 or 13, it doesn’t matter) into Amazon or This will guarantee that you buy the correct book (edition, author, and otherwise).
4) Purchase away. Don’t forget to check prices on used books. Getting a book that’s “Like New” for less money is almost always worth it. And for a book that you’ll never use after one semester, you could let your standards slide even more.

Go nuts, Matt. And allow ~10 days for shipping, so order early.

One thought on “How to NOT Get Raped by College Bookstores (Written for Matt Au)

  1. Textbook publishers seem to release new editions more often than ever before. Services like Bookrenter or Chegg are saving students hundreds of dollars because they don’t have to worry about not being able to sell back their textbooks at the end of the semester.

    Cheers — Lorenzo

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