Thriftbooks is one of those things that sound, initially, too good to be true. If you’re a book lover with a small budget, a college student looking for new textbooks, or don’t want to spend too much money on a book you may not like, then Thriftbooks is for you.
It’s exactly what it sounds like – an online store for used books. But so what? The real magic of Thriftbooks is the affordability of good quality used books (not to mention the variety of their selection). For example, one of my physics texts cost upwards of two hundred US dollars. But I searched for it on Thriftbooks, and sure enough:
I found it for an astonishingly low price in comparison. And that sounds like a load of crap, so I took the liberty of testing it for myself.
I purchased five used books from the site this past summer: The World Without Us, Foundation, How We Die, Making of the Atomic Bomb, The Future of Life, and How to Build a Time Machine. Four were listed as “good condition” and one as “very good condition.” In my opinion, the books were all in fantastic condition. Ultimately, I spent $23.12, with no shipping costs.
But maybe, you just have to see it for yourself. This is not a plug for Thriftbooks; I just think they’re really, really great. And if you’re the type of person to self educate (and I encourage you to do so), then you should go to Thriftbooks as your first resource.
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