Friendly reminder to all my fellow college students that bigwords.com is a wonderful site that can save you a ton of money on textbooks.
Let me explain how this site works:
When you go to bigwords.com you input the ISBN numbers of the textbooks you are looking to get. BigWords then looks at tons of other sites where books are sold: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, textbook rental sites, used book sites, and comparing not only the prices of the books themselves but the cost of shipping as well.
And it’s smart too! One year it told me to get books from Barnes and Noble because it could tell that if I went over a certain dollar amount, shipping would be free, and therefore I would save the most. It has provided coupon codes for savings too. It’s incredible.
If you don’t like a certain site or you don’t want rentals you can tell it to ignore those textbook options. You can tell it to take buyback cost into consideration for the best end value. It lets you customize according to what you need.
The cool thing about it is that it’s only a search engine. It does all the calculations for you and they don’t have anything to gain from giving you higher prices because they aren’t the ones selling the books. BigWords is just a search engine and an incredible resource for getting your textbooks at the best price. Once you finalize your cart, it links you straight to the inexpensive copy of the books you need.
It will walk you right through everything and it is 100% free to use. For all those of you in college struggling to pay for your textbooks, happy savings!