college books and operation smile

I’ve been out of college for five years {does that make me old?} but I still remember buying and attempting to return textbooks like it was yesterday. This is probably because this task was never a pleasant one. Every semester I would spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks, so of course I expected to receive at least some money back when I finished my classes and went to the campus book store to return them. Sometimes I’d receive a couple of dollars per book but usually they would not accept them back because another verison of the same book had already been released. I found that this usually happened with my international affairs/political science books and they were always the most expensive. After disappointment at the campus book store, I would try to sell them on Amazon. If only I had had to help me out. Who wants to buy textbooks you’ll never read again when you can rent them instead? makes renting textbooks easy and helps you save money.
– save 40-90% off bookstore prices
– free shipping both ways
– can highlight in the textbooks
– flexible renting periods
They also have a new RentBack program that allows students to rent the textbooks they already own. This is a great initiative because it allows them to make 2-4x more money compared to what they’d make through buyback options!
And it just keeps getting better. has partnered with Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an organization that performs life changing cleft lip surgeries and with every textbook rental, will donate to them!

How does it work?:

My husband will be starting his MBA program soon and you bet we’ll be renting his books!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Julie Lynn

    If only they had this a few years back…The money spent on books makes me ill…and the profs are always opting for new editions so I never got any money back either… I love the idea of “Operation Smile”. Such a great cause!

  • Anestazia

    Hey there! I’m a new follower from It’s Freakin’ Friday! Hope to see you there again next week. :)

    Anestazia @ Eccentric Delirium

  • Stephanie F

    That’s good to know!! Thanks for sharing! I’m in uni right now and will check it out.


  • Sherelle

    I graduated in 2008, and I wish I could’ve rented my textbooks at the time. I always got man handles out of my money…lol! I feel old too. Following via “A lovely Blog Hop.”

  • Meryl & Russell McLendon

    Thank you for posting, Rachel! I wish this had been around when I was in school, but am SO glad to hear about this.

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    It is such a great cause, I love this!

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