Tips on buying your college textbooks on auction web sites.
While most used textbooks sold online are purchased at the time of sale, some websites sell used textbooks at online auctions. Basically you can get really cheap textbooks at online auctions if you have the time to wait for the auction to close. Since Internet auctions typically last days and even weeks, this isn't a viable option for most students. If you do have the luxury of buying your college textbooks weeks in advance, then we suggest waiting until just before the auction closes to place your bid. Most of the action in auctions happens in the final closing minutes, so wait until then before bidding.
Although buying college textbooks at auction works for some people, the reality is most of us wait until the last minute to buy our college textbooks. So for all the procrastinators out there, eBay offers a cool feature called "Buy-It-Now", which basically lets you buy an item on eBay immediately without having to wait for an auction to close. Most used textbooks on eBay have both a Buy-It-Now price and an auction price, giving you the choice of getting your college textbook shipped out today for a slightly higher price. proper_name ?> displays both Buy-It-Now and Auction prices so you can easily distinguish between these prices for used textbooks on eBay.
One last consideration when buying used textbooks online are seller ratings. Most used college textbooks vendors on name ?>.com have seller ratings. These are ratings by other users who share their experiences with sellers, giving you a better idea if that is someone you want to buy your college textbooks from. Try to avoid sellers with no ratings. Sellers with high ratings typically ship out items right away and are generally more reliable.