As school is coming up and you're looking for ways to save money, one thing that can end up costing tons of money are your textbooks. There are many ways to save money and one of those ways is to buy textbooks online. Many online sites sell textbooks for school for much less green than they are charging at your local bookstore.

Before buying your books online, you should think about some of risk that can be involved. According to a report in 2008 by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, internet fraud had risen over 33% and ended up costing fraud victims over $900 each. When buying your books online, you should keep in mind that fraudsters will try to scam you of your hard earned money too. Some ways you could end up a victim of fraud are:
  • You can be sent the wrong or mislabeled books. Imagine the hassle involved if you spent $50 dollars on a math book and they sent the completely wrong one.
  • The description is a lie. Sure, they sent you a book and said it was in "good" condition, but some site's definition of "good" may include a missing spine and blood stains on the pages. So be aware you may not get what you were promised.
  • Late books. Imagine school is starting tomorrow and the books you ordered were "back ordered" so you're not going to see them for another 2 months. That has happened to people before.
  • No books. Finally, you paid for your books and they never arrive. You can end up out your hard earned cash and you also will have no textbooks.
Ok, I know that sounds scary, and it is, but that doesn't mean buying online isn't safe, it just means that you should look and buy from reputable websites. When looking at any online retailer, one indication of reputability is the ability to contact them beyond a simple email address. Major online stores have contact info, business addresses, and phone numbers you can call if you have a problem. If a website has no or little info, they're probably not someone you will want to do business with.

Another thing you should think about is word of mouth about the website. Have you or someone else heard of the website before? For example, is almost a household name and would be example of someplace one should want to do business with. On the other hand (not a real site) probably isn't something you've heard before nor should be someone you should buy from.

So, when looking for a website to buy textbooks from, you should keep these things in mind. As with everything you do (or should do) on the internet, be skeptical. If someone says something that is too good to be true or has prices rediculously lower than the competition, they're most likely a website or person trying to scam you out of your money.