Monday, September 1, 200813 Comments
Not everyone will get saddled with a bill that high, but many students will come very close, particularly those in the sciences. Here are some tips for mitigating these costs, and recouping what you have lost in previous years.
First and foremost, a note to second year students. NOW IS YOUR CHANCE to sell your books from last year to the new first year's. Simply posting them to thecannon.ca may not be sufficient – keep in mind that many first year students have not become familiar with the site and many are loaded with entrance scholarships, cash from parents, and their first OSAP installment. If you want to sell your books to them, then best place to go is the U of G library. Tons of new students are flooding in there right now willing to pay top dollar for the books in your closet – go there, find the students before they spend all their cash, and encourage them to save money by buying your books.
For other students, you will certainly want to post your used books here on thecannon.ca – our site is probably the primary source for buying and selling books. You can usually get more for your used books here than the university will offer you at the end of the semester in their book buyback period.
If you can't find the books you need, or the edition you want, your next best option is the Co-op Bookstore which is located in the basement of Johnston Hall. This is run for students, by students, and is a registered co-operative so should be widely supported by the student body. Plus the staff are great!
The University Bookstore can be used as well, but there are a host of reasons why the above options should be explored first. This bookstore is located just North-West of the University Centre at the base of the MacNaughton Building.
This is your basic “how to” on buying and selling textbooks. Stay tuned for a more in-depth analysis on textbooks, which ones you actually need, and why they are so expensive.