Before I even get started on why you should buy used books as opposed to brand new ones, I would just like to remind you that there is a place where you can always get your books for free, assuming you return them on time: DVDs and CDs, used books are just as useful as brand new books, however they typically sell at a fraction of the price.
In order to see how much of a savings one can expect when they buy a used book versus a new one, I went back to Amazon to see what sort of deals I could find:
- For books that have recently come out, are on the best sellers list, or are very niche specific, you can expect to save between 15% and 20%.
- For that have been out for over a year, you can expect to save between 25% and 40%.
Again, I would encourage you to save 100% and just get the book from your local library, however if you must add the book to your collection, or know you will frequently use the book as a reference, do yourself a favor and buy it used.