Creative Ideas to Make Money with Postify
“Ok, you’ve convinced me… Postify is a great way to sell my used textbooks and even my roommate’s old TV, but can I actually make some money on here?”
My friend, where have you been?? I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me this question! Here are some ideas for you to make money on Postify.
1. Textbook arbitrage! Don’t let the big word scare you; it means to find something cheaper in one place, and resell it for more in another. Buy it on Postify, sell it on Amazon.
Do some research on Amazon for the textbooks floating around your campus. Sometimes a particular textbook is very popular on one campus, but there aren’t a lot on the market outside. For example, one time a friend and I noticed our bookstore had tons of a certain textbook for $10, but on Amazon it was going for about $30! We bought a number of them and resold them for an easy $20 profit on each.
2. Talk to graduating seniors and buy their textbooks!
Most seniors won’t be in the area to sell their textbooks next semester, and don’t want to bring them home. Offer them a price better than what the bookstore will, but less than what you’ll get next semester. Who knows, some might even give you their textbooks for free. Once you’ve organized your book inventory, start posting them on Postify.
3) Buy up a bunch of the used textbooks for a particular class and list them on Postify!
The bookstore won’t have many used versions, and once those are gone students will be banging down your door. No one wants to be the sucker who paid full-price for a new version.
Some of these techniques take more skill than others, but practice makes perfect. If you have any additional ideas for how to make money with Postify, let us know!
Free College Textbooks? Yes, Please!
What if you never had to pay for ridiculously overpriced textbooks ever again? Boundless Learning is a new startup based in Boston that is aiming for that very goal. They are currently in the Beta stage, but will be launching shortly.
How it works:
- You as a student select the textbook you were assigned for a class
- Boundless pulls similar text and images from free & open sources around the web
- Voila! A textbook with nearly identical information.. for free!
Hopefully this start-up takes off and saves college students a lot of money! If interested, go to their homepage to sign up for email updates for the latest news.
Also, if you are a current student or even a college graduate, and you have a lot of old textbooks laying around, please use Postify to give away your textbooks, exchange, rent or sell them!
Most Expensive College Textbooks
How much do you spend on college textbooks each year? I found a receipt the other day from one of my engineering semesters for almost $500! I thought it was just because I was an engineering student, but it turns out the average amount a student spends a year on textbooks is between $700 - $1000.
The top most expensive individual textbooks according to a 2010 CBS new article were:
- Acta Philosophorum The First Journal of Philosophy: $1,450
- Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications: $1,215
- Management Science An Anthology: $850
- History of Early Film: $740
- Biostatistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology: $665
If you find yourself in a class that requires one of these extremely expensive textbooks, you’re probably better off trying to rent a textbook, or dropping the class entirely,
You could try your local college classifieds website to see if any other unlucky students had to buy the book last semester, and are now looking to sell. I was able to cut my semester book bill down to about $100 by finding upperclassmen who didn’t need the book anymore.
Another way that you can potentially save a lot of money on your college textbooks is by using an older edition. When doing this, just make sure your professor allows older textbooks.
Saving money in college is essential, so do you yourself a favor and only buy a new textbook if you’ve exhausted all other options to buy a used textbook.By jvanderwal
A Classifieds System Exclusively for College Students
We here at Postify are building a new way for students to easily buy and sell items on their college campus. We are tired of scams and the general lack of security on Craigslist. We want to give students a safer, easier to use alternative. Our goal is to help college students make and save money by exchanging textbooks, dorm furniture, class notes, etc. with each other. After all, college is expensive enough!
Why buy new textbooks at a marked-up price every semester from your university bookstore? On Postify you will be able to save money by buying or renting used textbooks online from fellow students. Whether you are looking to sell your old psychology textbook or save money by buying a used nursing textbook, you can find them all on Postify.
Broke your iPod and don’t want to buy a new one? Easily find another student on campus selling their iPod.
Go to school at Wright State or University of Dayton and need a ride home to Illinois? Check outPostify to find students with extra space in their car.
Wiz at math or science? Why not make some extra money by finding other students looking for tutors.
Moving off campus next semester and looking to rent an apartment? Postify will be the go to place to find available apartments and houses for rent.
We here at Postify are dedicated to providing you with the best local college classifieds system on the web.
To stay in the loop about our upcoming launch, sign up here!By jvanderwal