If you are a college student, continuing your education, or even studying for an admissions test for a professional school, you could benefit greatly from Campus Book Rentals. CampusBookRentals.com began operation in 2007, and has grown to represent nearly 5,000 different college campuses. If you are currently taking classes, or you are close to someone who is, you know that textbooks are severely overpriced; once the cellophane comes off, the books also suffer a huge reduction in value. Generally, college textbooks are good for a maximum of one-two semesters -- then what do you do with them? I graduated from college in May of 2011, and I still have some books from freshman year sitting on the shelf, gathering dust. Many textbooks are too "course specific" and rarely sell at yard sales. In the bookstore, or even on various websites that sell books, you will never make close to what you paid when you try to resell them. Campus Book Rentals offers you another option... instead of buying the books, why not just rent them for the time that you need them?
At Campus Book Rentals, the process of renting a book is quick, easy, and painless. They have almost every quirky or practical textbook that you could want. I was very surprised to see that they had an entire collection of MCAT (medical school admissions test) books available. Clearly, they cater to a variety of needs so don't count them out even if you have already graduated from college. Once you find the books you are looking for, you can manually choose the lending period -- you can rent a book for one semester (130 days), a quarter (85 days) or even the summer (55 days) if you need to. If you order a book and then can't stand your professor, or decide to change your major, Campus Book Rentals has you covered. They have a 30 day guarantee to cover any issues, in which your money will be refunded 100%! Also, if you find out you needed the textbook an extra week or two to study for the final, they offer a 15 day grace period at no extra charge. Customer service is important to this company, and it shows through their generous policies and active communication.
Campus Book Rentals also gives free shipping in both directions. You are provided with a pre-paid and pre-addressed USPS shipping envelope to return your textbooks in. See...isn't that easy? You can also buy the book if you become attached to it. One of the coolest things about this company is that, minimally, you can highlight relevant information in the textbooks. Really, there is no reason to own the book and to have to go through the hassle of reselling it!
So, what about the cost? Well, Campus Book Rentals offers textbooks at anywhere from 40%-90% off of original bookstore prices. For example, the MCAT General Chemistry Review by Kaplan retails for $45.00, and you can get it at CampusBookRentals.com for only $38.00 for the summer. Each book is different, but you will always find savings of some caliber. If this isn't intriguing by itself, the company also has perks for its members -- scholarships, monthly giveaways, and refer-a-friend prizes. I know how important scholarships or any form of money can be to a college student!
I have left one of the most important aspects of Campus Book Rentals for last. Every book that you rent each year helps contribute to a new humanitarian project. This year, Campus Book Rentals is giving a portion of their proceeds to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that helps change the lives of many children by performing cleft lip/cleft palette surgeries that their families could not afford. In the world, every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip, which can impair speech and proper eating, amongst other things. Operation Smile has helped with over 2 million patient evaluations and 200,000 surgeries to help improve lives. Campus Book Rentals has set the goal of helping Operation Smile gain enough money to perform 1,000 cleft lip surgeries this year. Why not help them exceed this goal by renting your textbooks instead of purchasing them?
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