Tuition costs have been going up. This is a sad reality that faces college students at the beginning of each semester. To add insult to injury, textbook costs are still obscenely high.
More and more students have been relying on renting their textbooks to cut down their costs. There are a lot of sites out there, but TextbookRenter puts them all together and compares their prices and terms. It also shows best purchase prices online and the average resale value of the book, which is surprisingly effective.
For instance, "Gardner's Art Through the Ages", the de facto bible for art history, has a best rental and shipping price of $45.34 for a semester, which sounds good next to the average $140 it usually costs. However, the TextbookRenter search engine shows that the book can be had at $76 with a resale value of $40, putting the Total Cost of Ownership to $36, or $9 cheaper than the rental cost.