Textbook Tip # 6
Remember value is not just measured in dollars and cents.
Remember your convenience is worth something. Many people, myself included, will often make a purchase from one online seller just because they already have their billing and shipping information stored, even though the other seller is less expensive. We consider our convenience more valuable than the added savings.
When it comes to course materials, don’t forget to think about shipping expenses and time involved in ordering your books. For example, when a student places an order at half.com, the seller has two days to confirm the order. Once the order is confirmed, the seller has two days to ship the textbook. Once the order is confirmed, the seller has two days to ship the textbook. (Compare this to Amazon, where the order is placed immediately and the seller is expected to ship within two days.) Some students have had to wait up to a month to get their textbooks from online sellers. Check out the details before you buy–sometimes those few dollars saved aren’t worth it in the long run.
In addition to the processing time involved with ordering books, most sellers default to mailing books via media mail which is cost-effective but can take up to 21 days to arrive. Many sellers offer shipping upgrades at an additional cost for students who want to receive their purchases in a timelier manner. Your time and effort are also worth money.
Sometimes it is more valuable to spend a few extra dollars and avoid the additional hassle.
What has been the most convenient way for you to get course materials?
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