College students know the drill. Schools charge you over a hundred dollars for a textbook, then come out with a new edition the following year, making your edition of the textbook obsolete (or at least less-widely used) and therefore greatly diminishing its value, so that even if you were to try to sell it back to the school, you would only get around half of what you originally paid for it. While colleges and universities are meant to provide you with an education, they are still, essentially, businesses.
Trigonometry, Sixth Edition by Charles P. McKeague and Mark D. Turner:
These are examples of the staggering differences in prices between puchasing college textbooks new at the school versus paying to rent them from Chegg.com. The above university prices are only for the textbooks at a community college, so I can only imagine how much they would cost at a private university. While it is true that many colleges/universities offer used textbooks as well, they are still quite pricey, and regardless of how much you pay to purchase the textbooks, there is still the issue of what to do with them once the semester is over. Unless you are interested in the subjects that your textbooks deal with, chances are that after you finish the classes, you will never want to open the textbooks again, and unless you have friends or siblings who are going to be taking the same class very soon, the textbooks will just end up collecting dust.
At Chegg.com, you have the option of renting a textbook for a semester, a quarter, or sixty-days. You can also extend your rental time, if necessary. While Chegg.com has not had every textbook that I needed in the past, they have a very wide selection, and will more often than not have what you need. Aside from the obvious benefit of incredibly low prices, Chegg.com also plants a tree for every order that you make. Whether or not they actually do this is uncertain, but it is nice to think that they do so. Upon ordering, your textbook(s) will arrive in a matter of days, usually less than a week. Also, returning the textbooks is remarkably simple. When the due-date for the textbooks is approaching, you simply visit the Chegg website and follow the instructions to print out the return shipping labels. You then take the books with the shipping labels to your nearest UPS and mail them back, free of charge. You can also use Chegg to sell textbooks that you have purchased in the past.
In conclusion, given the benefits of renting over buying your textbooks, I can't find any reason at all to purchase over-priced textbooks from your school. I have never bought a textbook in my time in college, and I don't ever plan on doing so. Chegg is a wonderful website, and perhaps the most popular of the college textbook rental sites, so it is definitely worth a visit. If Chegg does not have the textbook(s) that you are looking for, some of the other sites that can be found on Google may have it. Plus, for every textbook rented, Chegg will donate to the Unicef Haiti Relief effort, and it guarantees a minimum donation of $100,000.
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Chegg.com is an online textbook rental company in the United States, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Students rent textbooks and manage their accounts online at Chegg.com and can also access the site via Facebook Connect. Since inception, the company has rented over two million text books on over 6,400 college campuses nationwide. Chegg.com pioneered the concept of college book rentals and now has more than 4.2 million titles available to students in their online catalog.