Renting vs. buying textbooks

MASON CITY, IA – It’s time to sell those college textbooks back and when some students go to the counter expecting some cash, they might be a little disappointed. Which is why renting textbooks isn’t a bad option.

“As long as it’s not a textbook that they want to hang on to for a reference in the future, renting is definitely a good option for them,” that’s according to Rhonda Nesheim-Kaufman with the NIACC bookstore.

More and more students are choosing to rent textbooks instead of buying them outright.

“One of the main reasons why students rent textbooks is because it is cheaper, they can see the savings when they first purchase the book,” says Nesheim-Kaufman.

It’s cheaper and students don’t have to worry about not getting any money back for a book they may never look at again.

“We determine which textbooks will be bought back by watch will be used the next term, a good bit of the time so if you rent the textbook you don’t have that gamble that you may not get money back for it,” adds Nesheim-Kaufman.

One NIACC student found this out the hard way.

“I bought a $200 book for chemistry and they’re not buying it back because they came out with a new addition so now I’m just stuck with this chemistry book,” says Jaime Zarate.

Now he’s not sure what to do with it.

“So it’s a lot easier just renting it and it’s cheaper and you just return it whenever you’re done with it at the end of the year,” he says.

The trick is remembering to return them, on time.

“You know if they do forget they are charge the cost to replace the book. So renting is a really great deal until you forget to return the rentals,” comments Nesheim-Kaufman.

She says they send out plenty of reminders to students to prevent this from happening, but if you’re like Zarate, you don’t have to worry about that.

“I didn’t even know that, I just make sure to turn in my stuff on time,” he says.

The due date for rental returns at NIACC is this upcoming Monday, the 5th.

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