(This is what happens to our house while I do the Comp list!! Eeeek!)
I wanted to just do a quick post because I am quite proud of myself.
I am constantly finding new things to comp. Tonight, I comp'd my textbooks for the next semester.
I currently go to Emporia State University so I usually just by my books from their bookstore. I prefer to buy used because they are quite a bit cheaper. I had all of the books in my "cart" on their website and the total came to $250 for my books for this summer semester. Not too bad, really.
But then I wanted to see if I could get them any cheaper. I went to Barnes and Noble's website for textbooks, figuring the prices would about be the same. And they were. Until I looked a little closer. When you search for your textbook (which is easiest to do by the ISBN #- just click on "advanced search") it will give you the price from Barnes and Noble but also the price from other retailers that you can actually buy from through B & N's website. When your textbook shows up, click on the picture of it. It will take you to a screen similar to this:
The top one shows the price from B&N. The second one gives the option of prices from other textbook sellers. Just click on "See All Prices" and it will list all of the prices found:
It also shows the condition of the books being sold. There is a shipping charge for the books- usually $3.99 from each different seller. But, consider that this same book was listed on the bookstore's website for $52.45 I am still saving about $10.00!
I did this for each book and my grand total which included shipping and everything came to $142.58. I saved just over $100!
Anyway, if you know of any college students or have children that will soon be in college please take my advice and shop around for those textbooks!