In terms of law textbooks, I’m one of those who buys early and used. I try to get good used copies, ones that aren’t marked up already because I book brief so colorfully that you could frame these cases. I know some of my classmates rent their textbooks from lawbooksforless.com and I know others get the older edition of the book and print off the cases that aren’t in the older editions. One friend told me that there were only four new cases that were different between editions in our property textbook. I’m lazy so I just get the correct edition.
I’ve always had luck on Amazon.com finding used books. This time I listed my first year books for sale and bought my fall semester books. Because our school ends a week or two after the regular semester I always forget to sell my books back in time, not that I would get much anyway. So I decided to save all my textbooks and list them now as so many first year students have their book lists already. I think I’ve received about forty percent back of the books’ orginal cost, so not too bad. And I’ve sold all but one book, which I can hopefully sell to a 1L in the spring.
Overall I like buying books. I like receiving them and seeing what they offer. I always tell myself that I’ll start my reading early and read slowly. Of course this never happens. And of course the day that I pay less than five hundred for textbooks has yet to happen as well.
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