24 Places to Buy Used Law Books

Looking to save money on used law school books? Start with these sites.

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Law books are without a doubt one of the biggest expenses for students, and it doesn't help that textbook prices increased nearly threefold between 1986 and 2004 according to the Government Accounting Office (PDF). Sadly, selling them back for pennies is perhaps even more depressing than buying them in the first place.

But gone are the days when students could only go to the school bookstore and perhaps one or two used bookstores off campus to collect all of their necessary supplies.

The Internet has created a virtual playground for shoppers, and here are 28 places you can save money on law books -- and note that many buy back books as well (so perhaps you can get money back in the future!):

AbeBooks

A subsidiary of Amazon.com with books discounted up to 90% off list price.

AddALL

Popular textbook search and comparison engine. You can also try their ebook comparison engine at ebooks.adall.com.

Alibris

Textbooks from 10,000 independent bookstores.

Amazon Marketplace

Surely you know of Amazon's excellent book selection, but don't miss their Marketplace, which has some of the best prices anywhere on used books and ebooks.

Barnes & Noble

Save up to 30% on new textbooks and 90% on used textbooks with free shipping on textbook orders of $25 or more.

Barnes & Noble College

Shop by your course schedule and save 25% on used books through Barnes & Noble College book rentals.

Better World Books

Free shipping in the United States; sales help fund literacy projects in America and around the world.

Biblio

Brings together over 5,500 independent booksellers for a selection of over 100 million books.

Big Words

Probably the most popular textbook price comparison engine.

Books-A-Million

Free shipping on orders over $25 and "Millionaire's Club" for 10% discount on purchases.

BookByte

Buy, sell, or rent law books and also get great deals on study guides and other materials.

BookFinder

"150 million books. 1 search engine."

CampusBooks

Compare prices on law books and save up to 95% on textbooks and ebooks too.

CampusBooks4Less

Search engine that price compares for you.

CollegeBooksDirect

Promises same day shipping.

CollegeSwapShop

Price comparison search engine.

eBay

Lots of former students sell their law books directly on eBay and their companion site, Half.com.

eCampus.com

Award winning site where you can buy new and used books for up to 95% off with a "bill me later" option for no payments for 90 days.

eTextShop.com

Buy and sell textbooks; guarantees the highest price when selling your books.

MBS Direct

Partners with some schools to provide what it says is the largest inventory of new and used textbooks in America.

Powell's Books

Started on a "derelict corner" of Portland, Oregon in the early 1970s, Powell's has withstood the test of time and now serves customers worldwide.

Textbooks.com

Buy textbooks to 90% off with free shipping. Also, buys your textbooks for great prices.

TextbookX

Nearly a million titles in stock and its own Facebook application to facilitate sales. Also, sells school supplies at low prices.

ValoreBooks

Buy and sell used law books; offers great buy back prices.

And here are two last bits of advice before you go online shopping for law books: Be sure you have the correct ISBN numbers for the editions of the books you need; and shop early for the best prices and books in the best condition.

Happy shopping!