Ordering From Vendors Other Than BMCC

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BMCC Price Comparison Tool

As a service to students, the listing for a book on the BMCC website will include a comparison and link when applicable to the following:

  • Amazon
  • Half.com
  • Rafter – Our primary book rental partner
  • Chegg – Rentals
  • Campus Marketplace - BMCC’s peer-to-peer online book selling site

External Vendor Types

  • Publishers
    • One seller selling many copies
    • Book Condition: New and Used
    • Best Suited For: Bookstores & Students
    • Transaction Type: Credit Card or Purchase Order (for large customers)
    • Examples: Pearson, Cengage, McGraw Hill, etc.
  • Wholesalers
    • One seller selling many copies
    • Book Condition: New and Used
    • Best Suited For: Bookstores & Institutions
    • Transaction Type: Purchase Order
    • Examples: MBS, Nebraska, Southeastern Book Co., BookByte, etc.
  • Small or Individual Sellers
    • Many sellers selling individual copies
    • Book Condition: New and Used
    • Best Suited For: Students
    • Transaction Type: Credit Card
    • Examples: Amazon, Half.com, Alibiris, etc.

What you should know about buying your book online from other vendors

  • Vast majority of those selling are now businesses, not individuals which is driving prices up.
  • Those books that are significantly less expensive are very often review copies (free books sent to instructors to review) which ethics rules should be preventing the sale of.  
  • Some of those that are not review copies are international editions which are sometimes significantly different in content.

Risks when purchasing from other online retailers

  • Unable to use financial aid
  • Correct Edition?
  • Will book arrive in time for class?
  • Shipping charges?
  • Refundable? (What if I drop my class?)
  • Legitimate Vendor?
  • Hidden fees?
  • Purchase may be taxable?