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inkless @ 08:23 am: Textbooks
Hey everyone, thanks for the help with deciding what cell phone carrier to go with. We went with Verizon and I'm happy with it so far.

Another question...do any of you buy your textbooks online? If so, how? I'm hoping the ISBN numbers are made available on the bookstore web site, but I haven't checked in awhile. I'd appreciate any book buying tips!

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From:lhynard
Date:August 1st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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http://www.bigwords.com

It finds the cheepest textbooks from anywhere.
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From:inkless
Date:August 2nd, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I've saved that one.

Now hopefully GCC will fix the bookstore website so I can find out what books I need...
From:dtziebrunette
Date:August 2nd, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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I think I read last year that the bookstore site doesn't list booklists until the week or weekend before class starts, which causes a problem since you need them within the week, so you have very little choice but to buy them from the bookstore or upperclassman.

The inner-campus book exchange (http://info.gcc.edu/orgs/SGA/bookx/browse.asp) is how I got most of my books. A friend of mine has resorted to e-mailing all of his profs for book as soon as the term is over so he can start checking for books ASAP.

However, as for book buying sites, http://www.half.com (which is run by eBay) sells used and new textbooks.

Hope this helps :-)
-Ariel
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From:inkless
Date:August 2nd, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
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Thanks! That's good to know.

For some reason the book exchange link isn't working for me. =/
From:dtziebrunette
Date:August 2nd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Haha, yeah, it hasn't worked all summer. It'll most likely be up again once school starts.
From:preciousapphire
Date:August 2nd, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)

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the books on the website are not always entirely accurate...sometimes it doesn't get updated...
if you don't have your books the first week, its not that big of a deal though, so don't worry if you get them offline...I'd also try to use the student gov. site to buy books off of people on campus...that way you have less problems with shipping
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From:inkless
Date:August 2nd, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: also....

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Thanks! Good to know.
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From:shy_horse_smile
Date:August 7th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
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I'm a very cautious person so i generally never buy my books until after i get my syllabi in hand. That means I always buy my books from the bookstore; partly because i'm lazy and don't want to spend endless hours searching the web and partly as a math major i HAVE to have my books for doing problems in the correct edition. It probably won't matter so much for majors that are mostly reading oriented to wait a bit for shipping or if the edition is off slightly.

I did buy my books for Civ Lit from a friend...cheap but i ended up having to re-buy some of the books at the bookstore because she gave me the wrong editions. We had the same class with the same teacher and she was fine with those books but for me it was too confusing to have a different edition.

You will have to buy a few books at the bookstore that are printed specifically for certain classes just for GCC. But there are generally bountiful quantities of those on the student exchange. The student exchange is a good place to get books for really cheap since most people just want to get rid of the books as quickly as possible. Again just be careful of editions...one of the ridiculous things about college...book editions...especially when they change it the next year and then you can't sell to underclassmen...sigh.

If you're adventurous and are really sure of your classes (i've had friends who went to the class, read the syllabus, changed their mind, and then switched to a different class) then go for buying online. But if you err on the side of caution then i would recommend buying from the bookstore/student exchange after you've gotten your syllabi.
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From:inkless
Date:August 8th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much! That's good advice. The student book exchange sounds great.
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