Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When Renting is Better Than Buying - Campus Book Rentals

Hi people! Most people look back on their college days and have a few regrets (at least). For those of you who have more schooling to live through, I want to tell you about a company that can help prevent one major regret:  spending too much on books. I think we can all agree that paying for required books is kind of a rip off. What's even more of a rip off is book buy-back. Don't even get me started. Here's where Campus Book Rentals can help!

First of all, they have a huge inventory. It's unlikely that you won't be able to find your book on their site. Using their rentals gives you the freedom to treat the book as if it was your own; you can even highlight! Their prices are incredibly affordable, and they have flexible rental periods and can work with you. You can save anywhere from 40-90% off of bookstore prices. That alone won me over. On top of all that money saved, you won't have to deal out extra for shipping; Campus Book Rentals offers free shipping both ways.

Should you choose to use this rental service (and you should), a portion of the money you spend to rent your book will also help those in need. Campus Book Rentals has teamed up with Operation Smile to provide reconstructive and reparative surgery to children all over the world who were born with cleft lips and cleft palates. C'mon now. How awesome is that? You can help heal a child's smile. Is there anything better than that? You get a book to use for the semester and a child gets a free smile. Win-win.

Okay, so let's say it's the end of the semester and you've already bought your book. Now what? I bet that book buy-back is pretty tempting... Get this (this is a true story, friends):  my college roommate studied nursing. She once paid $300 for a book and then when she went to sell it, she was only offered $20. Ridiculous, right? Basically she laughed in that guy's face and kept the book. This is the part where I wish I had known about Campus Book Rentals way sooner. They have created a new program called RentBack that allows you to rent out books that you own to other students. All you have to do is print a free shipping label, send your book to Campus Book Rentals, and wait for the paycheck to come in. They do all the heavy lifting. You can do this as many times as you'd like as long as your book stays relevant and in demand. Um, can you say pay day? By doing this, you can earn 2-4 times more (and sometimes even more than that) than you would by selling your book at the end of the semester.

I'm in my last class for a certificate program and unfortunately have already bought my books, but you better believe that when I enroll in a Master's program I will be taking full advantage of this company. I might even use RentBack to make some money off of the books I bought recently. Ka-ching!

**This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are my own. I would never endorse a product or company that I would not use myself.**

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