Lexington, Ky (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
Eighty percent of college students said that eCampus.com (http://www.eCampus.com), a leading online textbook retailer, has the best prices. Since 2009, students have saved more than $20 million by renting their textbooks books from eCampus.com, which has more than 3.2 million titles to choose from.
Each year, nearly 280,000 college and high school students trust eCampus.com to deliver the best value on textbooks and other merchandise. Due to its price value-based philosophy, eCampus.com won the 2012 About.com College Life Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Website to Buy College Textbooks.
“We are thrilled that consumers recognize our value,” said Matt Montgomery, eCampus’ CEO. “We work hard to deliver textbooks in the easiest, fastest and cheapest way possible to our customers.”
According to “Trends in College Pricing 2011,” a report from the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, the average student spends $1,168 per year on textbooks. The U.S. Government Accountability Office stated that since 1986, college textbook prices have risen at twice the rate of inflation. These recent trends further reflect the efforts made by students and parents who search aggressively for new ways to save money.
Responding to an annual eCampus.com survey investigating college students’ textbook purchasing and reading habits, respondents overwhelmingly stated that cheaper prices were why they purchased books from eCampus.com. Seventy-nine percent of responders stated that they preferred to rent rather than buy their textbooks.
eCampus.com estimates that textbook rentals typically are priced 60-70% below the bookstore retail price. Used textbooks typically are priced 35% below the retail price of a new textbook. An incoming freshman studying Geology, Business, Math, English Literature and Psychology, can save almost 70% more money when renting. That same student saves 32% or just over 3% when purchasing used or new textbooks, respectively.
An overriding majority of responders stated that price was a factor in their purchasing choices. When asked why they purchased textbooks online, 66% cited cheaper prices, 29% said convenience and 3% said better selections. Cheaper prices also factor into the equation when students buy from brick and mortar stores. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said that pricing is the most important issue when purchasing textbooks from a campus bookstore.
“We also have news for anyone thinking that print books are heading the way of the dinosaur,” said Montgomery. “College students flat-out prefer old school, hardcover textbooks to eTextbooks. Surprisingly, less than 8% of respondents prefer eTextbooks.”
Since 1999, eCampus.com is the online retailer of choice for cheap, new and used textbooks. eTextbooks were added in 2008; followed by rentals in 2009.
Since its founding in July of 1999, eCampus.com has grown into a major online retailer providing cheap textbooks for college and high school students. Along with others notables, David Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, was one of eCampus.com’s original founders. eCampus.com’s stated mission is to provide the easiest, fastest and cheapest way for college and university students to rent textbooks, buy textbooks and sell textbooks. eCampus.com believes the Internet buying experience should be fun and that shopping for textbooks should be as fast and convenient as possible. The company makes a personal commitment to every customer that eCampus.com will be the best source for everything they need.