You can tell how sly a school is when they ask their students to purchase the latest edition of the textbook.
#1: They cost more |#2: You can’t borrow/buy from a student who previously took the course
Most of the textbooks have minor changes. Example?
2012 Edition: There were 12 apples. James had 3. How many are leftover?
2013 Edition: There were 10 apples. James had 5. How many are leftover?
^^ You get the picture.
My advice: Rent the books because it will be a lot cheaper generally speaking. Or, you should purchase it from Amazon and then IMMEDIATELY sell it back once you’re done using it. I use the word immediately because you get more money “trading it in” sooner than later. You won’t get the full amount back but hey, you still get an Amazon gift card which you can use to purchase your books for next semester. Nice cycle. Remember to also sign up for Amazon Prime if you haven’t done so! You have ONE ENTIRE YEAR OF FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING FOR FREE!
Some professors can be nice about it and say to purchase the previous year’s edition because they understand a student’s pain when paying for books. Those are the most caring professors. I understand that it’s necessary to have the latest editions because many things change such as a tax book. Taxes change every year so a new book every year is something I understand. But for most subjects, I don’t see it.
DON’T EVER BUY FROM THE BOOKSTORE UNLESS THAT IS THE ULTIMATE LAST RESORT. That is the way the school makes a profit from ordering the latest editions. They won’t get a profit by selling old editions at all. It’s a trick that people realize after their freshmen year. Believe me, I was sucked into it as well.