My son is getting ready to start classes at Monroe Community College in a few weeks, so we’re in the process of getting his textbooks at the cheapest price possible.
I found the website CheapestTextbooks.com which told me to go to Half.com for one book and Amazon for another. I had previously purchased a new textbook from an Amazon Marketplace seller and it arrived quickly. I know that if I spend $25 at Amazon I can qualify for Super Saver Shipping on most items. Unfortunately, the book I was ordering was only around $19 and there was nothing else I really needed that would bring my cart up to the $25 threshold.
At that point I was presented with a promotion that offered Amazon Prime free to students for 6 months, followed by a $39 annual fee (half the normal $79 fee). With an Amazon Prime membership we qualified for free 2 day shipping, as well as a few other benefits. I figured I had nothing to lose getting my son to sign up for his own student Amazon account. Since my son doesn’t have a credit card, we used one of mine to make the purchase. I see myself placing orders using my son’s account so we can take advantage of the Prime benefits and we should also be able to use it to purchase books for his second semester. After that, we’ll make a decision on whether to continue with the annual fee or cancel the account.
While not all books were offered cheaper on Amazon, I feel good that we saved some money. I will also consider selling any used books back to Amazon or the MCC bookstore to help recoup some of our cost. We need to save money wherever we can now that we have a child in college.