Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- More and more parents and students are opting to skip the bookstore and hop online to find the best bang for their buck.
Sites like Amazon.com offer big discounts and big selections.The sites even offer money back or a gift card for returning the books when they aren't needed anymore.
To bring down shipping and handling fees there is a way to find out where the seller is and what kind of customer reviews they have.
But shopping online isn't without a few risks.
IPFW student Brett Gauger says, "In the seller's account it will tell you the condition of the book. It may say, 'Book may have scratches or highlighting. That's kind of a gamble that you take. You take a risk to purchase these used books."
An important step is to check what edition the professor is using in class.
If a workbook is required it might be better to spend the extra cash at the book-store.
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