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August 29

BigMama Coupon: Exclusive 5% off Textbook Rentals

Posted by on August 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

BigMama Coupon: Exclusive 5% off Textbook Rentals

The online book rental service Bigmama.ca has sent us a unique coupon code for a discount on their site.

Click here to use the Bigmama coupon code online

  • Coupon Code: CoolMoose
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expires: 21st, September 2012

You can combine the coupon above with the additional offer available on their checkout page in order to get a 10% discount.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a textbook rental service. You choose which book you want, how long you want it for and it will show you the cost. The cost will obviously be cheaper than purchasing the textbook outright. I think it’s quite a handy option if you’re at university, like me.

I have had amazing success with renting textbooks the last few semesters. I don’t have to worry about my books not being bought back by the university, and I don’t have to take the time and effort to list and try to sell my books locally. I also save so much off of retail price that this service is quickly becoming my favourite.

I find it pretty cool that Bigmama plant a tree every time you rent!

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BigMama Coupon: Exclusive 5% off Textbook Rentals

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August 13

Textbook Rental Coupon Codes

Posted by on August 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Textbook Rental Coupon Codes

Renting textbooks can save you an amazing amount of money in university, college and during long distance education courses. Here are a couple coupons to help you save a little extra on your textbooks this year.

Click here to go to Bookmob.ca

  • Promo Code: CCMOOSESUMMER
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: 15th August 2012

Shipping: $6.99 flat shipping rate, or free shipping on orders of $150+. Free return shipping.

Bookmob.ca is where my big score came from this year: they had almost everything! I got 10 books from them for my fall semester… I felt like a thief they were so cheap! The flat rate shipping is a god-sent and really, I was most pleased with this order!

Click here to go to Textbookrental.ca

  • Ambassador Code: 6994
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: Unknown

Shipping: Depends on the weight of the parcel and the distance from Toronto, free returns.

I picked up two textbooks at Textbookrental.ca this year. They are saving me about 30% on buying them, and at the end I don’t have to fight with the university about book buybacks. I just send them back with my pre-paid shipping label.

The other biggy for Canadian textbook rentals is BigMama.ca, however, I have been unable to find any coupons for that website lately.

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Now for the news of how my Fall 2012 semester is looking textbook wise.

To buy all my books for this semester (14) from my university bookstore would have cost me: $435.07 (including GST).

What did I pay?

  • 2 books from textbookrental.ca = $32.55 (used some credit so that helped)
  • 2 books from BetterWorldBooks = $20.35
  • 10 books from Bookmob.ca = $65.38

Total I paid for my Fall 2012 semester books = $118.28 (including GST).

Even without the credit on my account, my total fall book purchase would have been under $200. The two from BetterWorldBooks I get to keep, the rest I send back at the end of the semester. I like using a combo of textbook rentals, and buying used textbooks cheap like I mentioned in my post here.

Already my semester is looking bright, how is yours?

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February 14

Textbook Rental Coupon Codes

Posted by on February 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Textbook Rental Coupon Codes

Renting textbooks can save you an amazing amount of money in university, college and during long distance education courses. We have a Canadian textbook rental round-up below with coupons to save a little extra on top.

Click here to go to Textbookrental.ca

  • Ambassador Code: 6994
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: Unknown

Shipping: Depends on the weight of the parcel and the distance from Toronto, free returns.

Very friendly customer service, I chatted with them regarding shipping costs via their handy dandy chat window and their availability was great (10 pm Toronto time), and they were very nice. I also discovered they have a price matching program where they will match any of their customers prices and provide the customer with 10% store credit.

Click here to go to Bigmama.ca

  • Coupon Code: 2012MOOSE
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: 31st July 2012

Shipping: Varies, free returns.

Standard shipping is $9.98 for the first book and $4.99 for each subsequent book to a maximum of $34.93.  Thus, customers that order more than six books receive a discount on their shipping.

One thing about Bigmama text book rentals is that they have a Semester Guarantee and 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee.  You can combine the two guarantees so that you can order books early, get a free extension of the book rental term until the end of the semester and you don’t have to worry about rental fees if you drop a class.  For example, students that ordered their books in December received an extension of their rental term until April 30, 2012 without additional charge.  If you drop a class, you still receive the benefit of the Satisfaction Guarantee and get a full refund of rental fees.

Click here to go to Bookmob.ca

  • Promo Code: CCMOOSESUMMER
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expiry: 15th August 2012

Shipping: $6.99 flat shipping rate, or free shipping on orders of $150+. Free return shipping.

I have used Bookmob before and it has a great layout, and it was very easy to use. Textbook came really quickly and I got reminders close to the date I needed to return the book. Returning was simple – printed off a prepaid label and dropped off at UPS. Excellent selection of textbooks at really good prices. Bookmob also has a lowest price guarantee.

Our dear Anna had this to say about textbook rentals:

I spent such a fortune on textbooks when I went through university (about 10 years ago now)! It also felt like such a waste, because I used these books for a few months and have not looked at them since. There are about 10 books sitting on my shelf right now, which have not been opened in over 8 years. There are books on marketing, accounting, economics, management… I wish I’d known that I’d been able to rent textbooks at that stage, because it’s a service I probably would have made use of.

Personally, I am still in university and these websites are a lifesaver! I have used Bookmob and it saved me $100 just on one textbook! Because of websites like these (and buying used books as well) I spend roughly 1/2 of what my fellow students do per semester.

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December 9

Bigmama Coupon Code

Posted by on December 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Bigmama Coupon Code

The online book rental service Bigmama.ca has sent us a unique coupon code for a discount on their site.

Click here to use the Bigmama coupon code online

  • Coupon Code: BARGAINMOOSE
  • Discount: 5% off
  • Expires: 31st December 2010

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a textbook rental service. You choose which book you want, how long you want it for and it will show you the cost. The cost will obviously be cheaper than purchasing the textbook outright. I think it’s quite a handy option if you’re at university.

Avigayil previously posted a Bigmama coupon code back in August, and had a good discussion about the pros and cons there, if you want to read about it. She was telling me about the cost of some of her university texts this year, and I was quite astounded. The prices have gone up so much since I went through uni 10 years ago!

I find it pretty cool that Bigmama plant a tree every time you rent! [More textbook rental coupon codes]

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August 28

BigMama: 5% Off Textbook Rentals Coupon Code

Posted by on August 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM

BigMama: 5% Off Textbook Rentals Coupon Code

We were sent this cool site by Mooser Susan, thanks so much for telling us about it! BigMama is a textbook rental website for Canadians. You search for the textbooks you need, decide how long you need them for (one semester, period, 60 days…) and instead of paying full price for a textbook, you pay marginal the price.

Returning the book is free, and shipping is fairly cheap (around $5 a textbook). With the following coupon you can get 5% off:

  • Discount: 5% Off
  • Coupon Code: FALL2010
  • Expires: ?

Now this sounds like a heaven sent for students, and indeed in some ways it is but as per usual I did some further research for you guys.

  • Out of the five textbooks I need for this semester they had one.
  • The textbook they did have though I could do a price check on. At my university the textbook new was $110. According to BigMama they say it is new $136.70 and rents the textbook for $41.92 a semester + shipping. Which is not bad, but I bought the textbook with the student guide used off another student for $50. Which I will then resell for probably around the same amount.

Pretty much you have a few factors to consider:

A. If you buy used you can resell your textbooks and recover quite a chunk of the money if you buy responsibly, pretty close to all of it. But if they change editions on you or the universities around stop using that book, you are screwed and stuck with a great big paperweight – that is made of paper. Also If you buy used it can be quite stressful to find the best prices and values so that when you resell you can recover your money.

B. If you rent your textbooks you can shop around less, and know you wont be stuck with the textbooks at the end of the semester. You will not pay anywhere near new price for your textbooks. But you will also never have a chance to recover any of the money you spend on renting your textbooks. The downside also is BigMama may not have all your textbooks.

Both have negatives and positives. I currently am stuck with a bunch of English textbooks I can’t get rid of. However, I just sold my Microeconomics textbook for what I bought it for last semester.

Couple last notes:

  • BigMama buys textbooks.
  • With every rental BigMama plants a tree.

Happy back to school in under two weeks! [More textbook rental coupon codes]

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