We formed a hypothetical course list from required reading lists at a few private high schools in the area. Then we shopped around.
Our conclusion: It’s not hard to find the best price, so there’s no reason to pay full price. You can save hundreds of dollars by writing down the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) , then buying online. (Using the ISBN, instead of the title, will guarantee you get the correct edition). Check out our savings and the sites we tried.
Note: Prices of books can vary by the day or hour. These sales may have expired.
“Art Across Time, Vol. 1: Prehistory to the Fourteenth Century, 4th Edition,” by Laurie Adams
Using the ISBN, we looked at Half.com and Amazon and used the comparison shopping site Book.ly to verify the best price. The paperback version’s list price is $142. That’s steep. Half was selling the book used for $87.41. Amazon was listing the new book for $110, used for $78. Book.ly included an eBay .com listing with a starting bid of $70.
Bookrenter rents the textbook for 125 days. The price for a college semester is $57.49. High school students, who take the class for the full year, might find it’s best to buy it used.
E-book not available for this book or edition.
Shopping around saves much as $70.
“Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic,” by Ross L. Finney, Franklin Demana, Bert K. Waits and Daniel Kennedy
Using the ISBN, we looked at Half and Amazon and used Book.ly to verify the best price. EFollet.com was offering the book new for $151.50. Half was selling it used for $95, shipping included. Amazon was selling it used for $102. Book.ly had a “Buy It Now” price on eBay of $80.
If you’re in college, renting this doorstop might be your cheapest solution. For $56.17, you can rent the book for a semester at Bookrenter. High school students might find it’s best to buy the book for the full year.
We couldn’t find the book in eBook format.
If you’re in a semester-long college calculus course, renting might be more practical. If you’re in high school, try to snag a used copy.