Textbooks Costs Are on the Rise, While Some Students Save 90%

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According to a recent GAO report textbook costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation. These tips from Direct Textbook may provide relief.

In an effort to fulfill its mission and help students find books faster and cheaper, Direct Textbooks is releasing these back to school tips for purchasing textbooks online:

1. Students should know who they are buying from. Purchasing textbooks online can be very confusing. Check if you are buying directly from the company or from an individual selling through a marketplace. Always print receipts and checkout statements and if possible the companies contact information at the time of checkout. Determining where and who you bought from after the fact can be a difficult process.

2.Students should check the vendors return policy: Once you know who you are buying from check the companies or individuals return policy. Companies have different return policies some are very restrictive. Direct Textbook http:/http://www.directtextbook.com provides links to the return policies of the textbook stores we list.

3. Students save the most money purchasing used textbooks online: Buying used books online can save students 20% to 90%. Buying new textbooks online typically saves a student 10% to 20%.

4. Students should purchase with a Visa or MasterCard not tied to a personal checking or savings account. Recovering money taken from a personal checking or savings account through fraud can take weeks. Funds taken through fraud may be frozen until the issue is resolved. Using a VISA or MasterCard that is not tied to a personal account eliminates this potential liability.

5. Students should expect 7-10 business days for arrival.If you buy a book using USPS(United States Postal Service allow 7-10 business days. Most shipments will arrive sooner. Consider using expedited shipping through FedEx or UPS to ensure on time delivery. Shipping or delivery time is not the same as the arrival time. Most online bookstores have a 2 to 3 day delay before your order is shipped and most do not ship on Saturday or Sunday.

Direct Textbooks, Inc provides college students a price comparison and book search service that consolidates textbook pricing availability and customer service information from 30 different online textbook companies.

About Direct Textbooks, Inc

Combining over 30 sources of online textbook pricing and availability, Direct Textbooks, Inc provides students a consolidated textbook buying information source.

For more information on Direct Textbooks, Inc and general textbook industry information please visit http://www.directtextbook.com/press

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