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Declining Balance Deals This Week Only

It’s almost like Chartwell’s cares about us.  They may reduce the amount of soup you can get at Izzy’s, Chlapaty, or Gilman Express, but they would still love for you to buy more declining balance points!

This week’s deal allows students to get 30 declining balance points for the cost of 25 points, or about $25.  Here are their other deals this week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Chlapaty Cafe, 1/2 off all Creamice drinks. Declining Balance Points or Cash.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Izzy’s, buy one bottle of Aquafina water, get one free. Cash or Declining Balance Points.
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Lunch in Gilman only $5 for Faculty and Staff. Please present your ID.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

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Chegg.com: Rent Textbooks, Save Money

DSCF1160Over at The Consumerist, they highlighted an article from Clark Howard on Chegg.com, a textbook rental service.

Chegg.com is like the Zappos of the Textbook industry, in a way, as you pay less for the book than you normally would, don’t pay for shipping back to their warehouse at the end of the semester, everything is recyclable and made of recyclable materials, and they plant a tree for every book rented.  Better yet, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if it turns out you don’t need the book, or the quality of the book is not what you had been promised.

Now, you may be asking yourself, what’s the catch?  Well, there really isn’t one that i can find.  The length of a rental is 125 days for those on the semester system, 85 days for those on the quarter system, and 60 days for those poor souls taking summer classes.  Considering that Marietta’s semester is 15 weeks long, and only uses 105 days, you’ll have plenty of time to ship the book back on time.

Their rental rates are based on supply and demand, so a popular book will be much more expensive to rent than a less popular one, so some savings may not be as good as others.

If you really fall in love with the book you rented, you can buy the book from Chegg (they charge you on top of what you paid for the rental and shipping, then tax is applied).  You can also extend rentals from 15 to 30 days, all the way up to another full semester.

On the flip side, a 25 percent penalty fee is assessed on books not postmarked by the return date listed on the account.  If your book is one week past due, you are charged the entire price of the book, as they assume you want to own it at that point.

The site has been around since 2004, and has claimed to have saved over $42 million dollars for students nationwide.  If you’re up for trying it out, then go for it.  It seems like the cheapest option out there, as far as textbook shopping goes.  Just remember that this is only one of many options, so make sure that you use our book-buying guide and save yourself some money this year!

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Posted by    Date: Friday, August 7, 2009

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Bookstore Now Lists Fall Book Lists

Check out the Marietta College online book lists now so that you can shop around and get the best price possible.

Remember to check Half.com, Amazon.com, and Textbooks.com.  If you’re buying directly from the Marietta College Bookstore, you are probably paying much more than you need to.

Check out this story I wrote before the Spring semester to see the exact savings compared to Half and Amazon and learn other tips.

Textbooks.com has provided these tips as well (FULL DISCLOSURE: I was sent these tips by Textbooks.com in a message sent to blogs like Writing on the Mall.  I am not being compensated for posting these tips):

There is no doubt about it – textbook prices suck! Textbooks.com, the site with the cheapest prices on the planet’s biggest selection of hand-inspected used textbooks, is committed to keeping more cash in the pockets of students than any other website. JT Thome, Chief Operating Officer of Textbooks.com shares the following tips to help students save when shopping for textbooks.

  • The biggest mistake that many students make when purchasing their textbooks is that they wait too long.  The secret to reducing the cost of a student’s textbooks is to shop early when the used books are plentiful. Used books save money – big money, especially when the used books are bought online on sites like Textbooks.com.
  • The second biggest mistake that some students make is by waiting too long to sell their books back at the end of the semester. By selling their books back after their final exams, the students will get the most for their money.
  • Selling their books back online will pay them even more. Specifically, Textbooks.com automatically pays students a bonus of 10% for those books bought back online that were originally purchased from Textbooks.com. And, for the top best-selling textbooks, Textbooks.com actually guarantees to the student when they purchase their books that they will receive 50% of the new book selling price when they sell them back at the end of the term. This is true whether the student bought the books new or used. These titles are listed on the Textbooks.com website as “Guaranteed Cash Back” titles.
  • When buying used books online the discounts can range anywhere from 30% to 90% off the new book price from the publisher. And for those students that want to buy new books, they can find discounts from 15% to 30% off.
  • When making their purchase, students should be sure to double-check the ISBN number to make sure they are purchasing the correct edition. Also, make sure not to buy an international edition.  Websites like Textbooks.com never sell international editions, and any old editions are always very clearly marked.
  • Again, shop early.  As soon as students have their courses selected and have received their syllabus from the faculty member, it’s time to buy their textbooks.

As a note, as well, I have had good luck with International editions of books, so as long as they are printed in English, get them if they are cheap and available.

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Posted by    Date: Sunday, August 2, 2009

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Concert Update and Ticket Deal

Well, AT&T finally got the internet working again, and I’m a bit behind on some things.

Like Live Nation making today a No-Fee sale day.  $30 gets you a lawn seat, drink, and hot dog for any show this summer at Blossom Music Center, Nautica Pavilion, Time Warner Cable Amphitheater, and Post-Gazette Pavilion (Links will take you to the list of concerts without service fees at each venue).  It’s not every concert, but it’s a nice selection of cheap seats and “free” food, which is about a $10-$12 savings in itself.

But here are all the concerts hitting the area in the next week.  And always remember that if you want to see all of the area’s concerts on one page, head over to the Regional Concert Guide.

Post-Gazette Pavilion – Today — Wednesday, July 8th
Vans Warped Tour

Time Warner Cable Amphitheater – Thursday, July 9th
Vans Warped Tour

Post-Gazette Pavilion – Friday, July 10th
Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick

Blossom Music Center – Friday, July 10th
Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lifestyles Community Pavilion – Saturday, July 11th
Collective Soul with Gavin Degraw

Nationwide Arena – Tuesday, July 14th
Billy Joel and Elton John

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Free Laundry?

I’m hearing that the use of washers and driers at MC will be free starting in the fall, with the trade-off of no more phone service in rooms. Have confirmed with students, but am confirming with officials. Full details to follow as I get them.

As a side note (so I don’t feel like I’m wasting a post on about 40 words), there is a new Calendar page that is up and running.  Anything that is happening at Marietta College or in the city of Marietta will appear on that calendar.  So take advantage of it to help you find things to do on and off campus.

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Posted by    Date: Friday, July 3, 2009

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Circuit City Deals Not Great

If you’re looking for a deal, don’t head to the Circuit City liquidation sale.  Most items are 10% off of original price…not MSRP.  So you’re paying more for the same thing that you could have bought for much less a few weeks ago.

If anything, the best deals you’ll find are on accessories…which are at about a 30% discount.

Deals may get better as the liquidation sale continues, but don’t expect and amazing deals anytime soon, if at all.

All Circuit City locations across the country are going out of business.  If you ahve any gift cards, use them now before you’re SOL.

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Posted by    Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009

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Book Buying Tips

If you havn’t heard, the book lists are up for the Spring Semester.  Typically not the most fun day, as you are expected to shell out around $500 (in most cases) for books.  Absurd.  If you follow these helpful tips, you should be able to save AT LEAST 30 to 40%, if not closer to the elusive 50% mark.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Student Discounts Abound Around Campus

As we get to the end of the semester, money is tighter than usual.  Here’s a list of all the discounts that Marietta College students can take advantage of around the area.  For more discounts, check out The Marcolian print version…usually some pretty nice coupons in there also.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, December 1, 2008

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Black Friday Craziness

Evidently, Black Friday turns our great nation into a bunch of heartless idiots.  Let me cite this as an example.

A male employee at a Wal-Mart was trampled to death by the mob of shoppers waiting to try to scavenge a deal.  Evidently, he was the unfortunate one to open the doors, which were pushed open and over top of him by the crowd.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

Now obviously, the importance of this story pales in comparison to the recent attacks on Mumbai.  However, what does this say about America?  That saving $70 on a Blu-Ray player or $100 off a TV is a reason to not stop and help him up?  Absolutely rediculous.  Now, I realize that some people may have been pushed along as well and couldn’t even fathom stopping to help, but still…they are material things.   And sadly, this man died because you needed to  save that extra bit.

Meh.

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Posted by    Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Black Friday Deals Now Available

To those of you about to embark on your annual journey to the local store on Friday, I salute you.  You are much more brave than I.

I will be spending the day recovering from my Turkey Coma (or what I can eat of it considering my braces were just tightened…meh).

I just wanted to alert those going shopping that many deals are actually being offered online before Black Friday.  While there will still be many many options that are in-store only deals, many (if not most) of the good deals can be had ahead of time on a merchant’s website.

My personal favorite Black Friday site, Black Friday Ads, has a list up of all the merchants that currently offer Pre-Black Friday savings.

Here’s my personal notes to this year’s Black Friday:

  • If you’re looking for a Wii, they are out there.  Just not as many as were hoped.  Big retailers to check are Amazon.com (which has been rumored to have the biggest stockpile available), Wal-Mart, and Best Buy.
  • There are some good deals on XBOX 360’s this year.  However, the Arcade edition just isn’t worth getting.  If you’re getting an XBOX, it needs to have a hard drive in it, especially after the New XBOX Experience came out.  The Arcade 360 is $200 and comes with a controller and two games.
  • Wal-Mart does have an awesome deal if you’re looking to get a 360.  The 360 Pro (with hard drive) also comes with Guitar Hero 3: World Tour (the version that comes with a guitar) for $300.
  • Playstation 3’s are coming down in price, but are still not quite wear they need to be to compete against the 360.  Only buy one if you plan on watching a lot of Blu-Ray movies, as that is its strongest feature in this round of the console wars.  I’ve seen nothing below $400.
  • Speaking of Blu-Ray, you can get a Magnavox Blu-Ray player fr $200 at Wal-Mart
  • Best Buy has a 50″ Plasma TV for $900.  If you have the cash for it as a college student, its a great buy, as it’s a Panasonic, which is normally a good brand.

If you are looking for a comparison of all digital cameras (or TV’s, or laptops, etc, etc) then check out Black Friday Ads comparison chart.  Buy smart…you don’t want to drop $500 on a paperweight Dynex brand.  Ech.

Best of luck to those of you that are going out and about.  You’ll likely need it :-).

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008

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