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Published January 28th 2013
Purchasing school books can be the most exhausting thing for parents at this time of year, costs are sky high and books are just getting more expensive every day. Public schools may be more beneficial price wise for uniforms, books and keeping up with education expenses as opposed to Private schools which require compulsory school levies and admission fees every year, which gradually rise up.
Schools and bookshops now charge so much money for books that will only be used for a year or two and then drop kicked to the curb, as a new edition will be introduced and the old one forgotten about.
The fact some school bookshops actually trade in second hand books and mislead parents into believing that old editions are worthless and won't be used again, therefore reimbursing a meaningless $3-4 for books that were worth $30-100 is absolutely outrageous. Truth is, most of these books are still in use till today – this is where these shops win over their customers.
What if I suggested a solution to buying textbooks that may require a bit more effort, but you could do all of it from your very own computer screen?
Never would have thought so but it's actually really simple. Just log onto eBay or Gumtree and you have the perfect solution to all those expenses. I helped my own mother save over half the costs for my brothers, who are both starting Year Seven this year as well as my sister, who is in her second last year of high school. Of course entering into a new school can be financially difficult but from having a total of over $1400 for just two year seven students and reducing the cost to $624.10, I was on a scavenger hunt.
There are so many people out there that are selling their kids used second hand books that quite frankly are in pretty good knack! Unfortunately some require pick up but they are close by and even if not they allow a postage fee which could be about a $10 charge. 22 books, 3 hours worth of browsing and contacting buyers later I have finally completed the booklist whilst deducting over half the representative costs.
Some tips while browsing. Make sure that you have the correct name but when typing it into the above sites try and limit the wording as much as possible, if you are going to complicate it then it definitely won't search and locate what you are looking for. Secondly if you find the product you are looking for cheap don't impulsively buy it, chances are you will find a better and price friendlier one further along you just have to look. Last but not least, if you are unsure if it's the right product search the full name on Google, click onto the site that matches the name and then check out the image. It'll be much easier to find and at least you will know exactly which one is the one you need – you can't go wrong.
I helped my mother save a whole lot of wasted money when it could be put towards groceries and other stuff around the home. Try it out; spend some time bonding over it with your kids, siblings, cousins. It can be a bit chaotic but wouldn't it be nice to have an extra few hundred dollars in your pocket and get the exact same products cheaper and still in good nick?