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December 12th, 2011, 06:44 PM
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I'm considering building a website that would be an online marketplace for my university. It would essentially be like Craigslist for textbooks. It would allow students to sell textbooks for more than the bookstores pay for them and buy textbooks for less than the bookstores sell them. For example, a $100 book that the book store would be paying $20 for would be offered at, say, $60. That's $40 less than the bookstore is charging and $40 more than is being offered. It would require a student email address to create an account.

Would you use a website like this if it were available at your school? Why or why not? What features would be helpful? Are there any categories other than books that you would like to see?

Thanks for the help!
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December 15th, 2011, 02:04 PM
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I would absolutely use a website like this. With my school, we have one specific site to use. The used books are more expensive than the bundles of new books. The buy back on those books is terrible. I think my DH spent $140 on one book and the buyback was like $60. That is such a rip off, considering he doesn't write in his books and they look like they did when he got them.

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December 19th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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I would like to use a site like that. The only thing that would hold me back is that I have to use my financial aid to pay for my books. I don't have access to that money until several weeks into the semester, so I have no choice but to charge my books through the school book store. I think it would be a big success with others who are not in my position though.

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December 21st, 2011, 08:12 PM
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I would be using financial aid to purchase my books so I couldn't use it. But, if you set it up more like eBay and got the school to set up their flexible spending account similar to PayPal is with eBay, then it may be workable for all students.
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