College Textbook Marketplace Website Celebrates One Year Anniversary and Surpasses Its Goals

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Free College Textbook Marketplace Website celebrates its one year anniversary and has surpassed its goals. Urshelf.com, a college website, is rapidly expanding to the college market to help students find a cheap alternative to overpriced new textbooks.

On July 2, 2005, http://www.urshelf.com, one of the quickest growing College Textbook Marketplaces, is celebrating its one-year anniversary and is extremely proud of its progress this year. For almost one year now, four college students, who graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, have been working hard on making their vision of providing cheap textbooks to college students, a reality.

Urshelf, LLC has been heavily promoting the site and is being recognized by various newspapers and magazines. Their ratings have increased on Google and other various webpage rating sites. They are proud to boast 2,600 users and 2,900 textbooks listed by students at over 350 campuses nationwide (as of June 16, 2005). With upcoming upgrades to the site, which will include better listing features, better ending processes, and more accessible auctions, Urshelf is confident that they will become a dominant player in the online textbook market like Amazon and Half.com.

A study by PIRG from February of this year found that students pay, on average, $900 a year for textbooks, which is one fifth the cost of tuition at many schools. Many college’s student senates have independently maintained their own textbook trading sites, like Urshelf. However, these senates are jumping at the opportunity to offload this service to Urshelf, which boasts a diverse user base and book database.

Vicky Furlender is a member from New Jersey who has been using urshelf.com for about 5 months, has listed 15 books and has had two successful sales to date. Furlender comments, “I love the ease of the site and the fact that the buyers are students at my campus. I can also sell my book for much more on Urshelf than I would get from selling it to the bookstore.”

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