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Need college textbooks?? Great site for "free" used books.

abmsam211 129 June 7, 2006 at 04:22 PM in Blank Media (4)
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www.swooks.com [Swooks.com]

I found this site by accident, really. They are connected with www.ratemyprofessor.com [RateMyProfessor.com], which I couldn't live without when registration comes around.

The basic idea is as follows:
  • Post your used books, for which you will receive points.
  • You receive a designated amount of points depending on the edition, demand, etc.
  • Using your collection of points, you"buy" the used books that you need.
  • Shipping is at the expense of the sender, which means when someone wants your book, it'll cost you a couple of dollars to mail it.
  • If you run out of points, you can buy extra. Not sure how much that is, but I'm sure you can find it on the site.

I posted three books, two of which are several years old, and have been replaced by newer editions. I was able to buy two books that I needed with the points I accrued.

This seems like a very efficient system, although I haven't been asked to mail a book yet, so I'm certainly no expert.

I hope this helps other broke college kids (or perhaps their parents!) College textbooks are such a racket.

EDIT: Swooks.com hasn't been up for at least a month. My advice would be to search elsewhere for textbooks. There are lots of suggestions further in the thread. Sorry, guys. It was good while it lasted.
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#2
I might have some old texts, but I'm really lacking the need for any new ones.
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Half.com [half.com]is a better idea
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Quote from Just_For_Me View Post :
Half.com [half.com]is a better idea
Half.com is a better idea, except for the minor detail that you must pay.

So much for trying to help.
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well, techniqually, it could be a more reliable option considering the nature of swooks.com. When you consider that the books you are "selling" on swooks, it seems more like trading by alot of standards thru a 2nd party, namely swooks.

When looking at Half.com, your dealing an actual corperation that has an established background, making it a much more reliable option.

Besides, according to the information you gave about your experience with swooks, it seems a little "too good to be true", I mean getting 2 books for only posting that you have those 3 books, with points, sounds a little uncreditable.
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half.com is awesome
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I for one appreciate the heads up with the quarter almost over. Seems like too much work for me though, so I guess I'll just get pennies on the dollar for my used books from the campus bookstore. +rep
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Quote from envision7nirvan View Post :

Besides, according to the information you gave about your experience with swooks, it seems a little "too good to be true", I mean getting 2 books for only posting that you have those 3 books, with points, sounds a little uncreditable.
As "uncreditable" as you say it sounds, it's a fact. I certainly didn't expect for my credibility to be questioned while trying to contribute, but, whatever. And yes, it is, in essence, trading. Not sure about you, but I'm not aware of another method of trading that offers so many fellow "traders" contributing.

As for too much work, it does take a bit of time. Not much, but some. When the average book cost over $100 at the school bookstore, I'm willing to put in some time to save some money.
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the best way to save on textbooks is to not buy them! i cant even count how many times a so-called "required" book wasn't even close to necessary in order to do well.
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This is pretty sweet.
I signed up for barterbee (diggnation) thinking it was going to have books as well as movies and CDs.
I think the trading system would work even better for books, since you can pirate most movies, games and CDs. It's good that it doesn't limit it to just textbooks. So if you just finished reading The Dark Tower 1 you can trade it for The Dark Tower 2.

I just hope enough people sign up so there's a good selection.

thanks op
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#11
Yea I think Half.com is better too; It's by eBay.
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lets see i have 5000 textbooks, that gives me about a quadrillion points... shipping is covered by the seller, so shipping is out.

quadrillion points + free shipping makes me rich...
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Never hurts to have another source. Half.com is great but competition with free shipping (if you're the buyer) is awfully nice! Big Grin Thanks for the post! I appreciate it. Smilie Points for ya!
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Quote from thehypercube View Post :
the best way to save on textbooks is to not buy them! i cant even count how many times a so-called "required" book wasn't even close to necessary in order to do well.
True. Very True.

Four years in college and I only bought books for 1st semester, then realize how useless they can get - especially in Computer/IT fields. Also, IMHO ebooks are much better way to organize information.
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I would jump on this deal if I didn't steal my books.
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