BOOK BUYING 101 Houghton College Transition Orientation Program What Books Do You Need? • You can find a list of the books you need for each of your courses by looking online at the Campus Store website: http://www.bkstr.com/CategoryDisplay/10001 -9604-13466-1?demoKey=d • You aren’t required to purchase them from the campus store, but you can. How to Buy Online 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Find out which books you need Search an online store such as ebay, half.com, amazon, etc. Better yet, try www.cheapestbookprice.com, which searches all of the above sites and more to give you the best price. Add the book to your “cart.” Continue shopping until all books you wish to purchase are in your cart. Go to “Checkout.” You will probably need to log in at this point. If you don’t already have an account with this website, it is quick and easy to create one. Enter your billing and shipping information. Your billing information must exactly match the address and data for your credit card. Select your shipping speed. Make sure you will get it in time. Buy the book! Once you have received the book, it is good etiquette to leave “feedback” for purchases made from individuals, such as those on ebay, half.com, and the Amazon marketplace. Online Buying Tips • Used books can save you money, but often come with underlines, highlights, and notes already in them. If it’s an important class you may want to buy new. • Make sure you get the correct edition! • Pay attention to shipping costs, which are often listed separately. • Pay attention to shipping times. Order your books far enough ahead of time to get them for class. • If you are purchasing books from multiple websites (for example; 1 from Ebay, 3 from half.com, and 5 from Amazon) make sure you checkout at each individual website.