Hit The Books
Good news for students, textbooks will cost less.”In March 2013, a Supreme Court ruling upheld consumers’ right to resell products they have purchased,” reports CNBC. The case involved a student who bought cheaper international editions of textbooks, which he later resold on eBay. Because of the ruling, shoppers will probably see more of these inexpensive texts on the market in 2014, both from international sellers selling new versions and students reselling used copies. You can say a lot. A new U.S. copy of the 12th edition of Principles of Risk Management and Insurance on Amazon is $212; a like-new global edition is as little as $126.
But beware: International textbooks aren’t always a good buy. “They’re usually printed on very flimsy paper that’s incredibly thin,” Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president for Edvisors Network said. Meaning they aren’t as durable. And page numbering may also differ from U.S. edition. “So if the professor says read pages 33 to 53 for tomorrow, you have to figure out what that really means,” he said.