Acquiring books for CHEAP

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  1. meeestahclark

    meeestahclark Rookie

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    Hey guys,

    I'm wondering the best ways to acquire class books (novels and other fiction specifically) for very cheap. My school has a deal with Barnes and Noble, but ordering books from here at a 20% discount is still pretty expensive. Any tricks of the trade you're willing to share?

    Thanks,
    Brian
     
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    I always shopped the Goodwill and Salvation Army weekly. I collected everything I could. When I couldn't get full class sets, I used small groupings of students and let them choose among novels.
     
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    Thriftbooks.com!

    That's how I get my class sets. They're used, usually between $2-5 per book.
     
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    I tried not to pay over .50 each. .79 if I had to.
     
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    This is great because it's free shipping too! I use them a ton!
     
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    I use amazon.com
     
  8. JoanPD

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    See if the libraries in your area do a friends of the library book-sale. The libraries around here usually do one once a year each.

    The prices are pretty reasonable for most books, and for some of them, on the last day they do a bag sale, where you can fill up a paper-bag for usually around 5 or 6 dollars.

    There is a site where you can sign up and every Wed they will e-mail you what book sales are going to be in your area that weekend.
     
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    I know it is high school but ask parents for a small donation. Even if you get one dollar per student that would add up. Or, ask students to donate any books they have read and are finished with. What about a fundraiser? Once my school sold those big pickles at lunch. They sold out every week which shocked me because I can't stand pickles:) Kids would actually complain because they didn't get a pickle!!
     
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    Does your school use donorschoose.org? It's a website where you set up a profile for your classroom with a list of items you need and people can donate to it. It's pretty jazzy :)
     
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