Where to Buy Cheap Textbooks

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Heyo Bookaholics!

We have reached the third post in my back to school series and today I want to discuss something my mother is very passionate about; and that is purchasing textbooks at a cheap price.

You see textbooks are so expensive! It’s horrific and as you get older, every year the books seem to rise in price by almost $10 each book, with some (thankfully not may) schools requiring you to purchase a hardback book, which as us bookworms know are almost $15 more expensive than a standard paperback.

In this post today I’d love to share with you some tips and tricks I’ve learnt off of my mother over the years of watching her buy my high school textbooks.

So have your book list handy (or give this post to your parents) and lest get started!!!


Thift Books!

Second-hand book stores/ charity shops/ etc, will literally save your life as they most likely have had the book (if it’s an old edition) sitting on their shelves for years with no one wanting to buy it, so typically they will hand it off for a cheap price, usually 70% less than retail.

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Check with friends!

Make friends with people in the year above you! You don’t need to be BFFs, just make sure at you know their names and faces so you have first pick at all of their textbooks. This really helps with prices especially because people don’t like charging high prices to people they know (lower prices for friends), so you may score the book for less than helf price.

Online Marketplaces!

The most popular online marketplaces in Australia are Gumtree, Ebay and even Facebook Marketplace. I have always consulted Gumtree before Ebay as the prices are typically lower, due to the high volume of people wanting to get rid of their old textbooks. Don’t forget to bargain with people. On these sites, especially Gumtree people are so desperate to get rid of things, they’ll give them to you at a super cheap price (even free).

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Co-Op Shops/ Secondhand School Bookshops!

My University has one of these, where people donate/ sell their old textbooks so the university or a private seller running within the school can resell them (and of course make a profit) but these are always sold at around half of RRP, depending on how old and/or used they are.

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Go Straight to Google!

I think this is the best piece of advice I can offer you. Google everything! Google the book name, ISBN, Authors, publishers; literally google until you find at least 5 different prices of the book so you can compare them to decide which option is the cheapest.

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I truly hope this post helped. Over the years my mother and I have found many ways to get school books for cheap, and these are the most effective.

Textbooks that are secondhand must be sold at half of RRP unless they were never used; also never be afraid to bargain with people!

Please comment below if you have any other recommendations to help others out, and do tell me if you use any of these methods to get your textbooks and which is your favourite/ most effective.


Thank You so much for reading! I hope to see you all back here on Saturday 🙂

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