The College Board recently found that the average college student spends $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. That’s 14% of tuition costs at a state-run public college or 39% of tuition costs at a community college. Textbook costs have increased by 864% since 1978.
It’s the end of the school year and you’re realizing how much you spent on textbooks this semester alone; those hardback books you’ll receive a quarter of what you initially paid for them. So what’s a cash-strapped college student to do next year?
Forbes did a study comparing the costs of print textbooks to e-books. They found that publishers have been avidly working with college campuses to allow students more affordable access when downloading books – as much as 60% less than a print textbook!
A college student was even surprised when, instead of asking students to buy a textbook from a major publishing company, her professor assigned a free digital textbook that he customized for the class.
Tablets, e-readers and laptops are avidly being utilized as textbook substitutes, but you’re probably thinking about how buying new electronics can put a colossal crater in your pocket. When you shop refurbished, it’s a fraction of the cost!
What are refurbished electronics?
Refurbished electronics are fully tested for quality and functionality as well as visually inspected.
While some items may have some physical imperfections, experts ensure optimal performance for each unit.
This eco-friendly frame of mine saves not only you, but the environment! With an ever growing e-waste stream, there is no room for slightly used, still functional electronics to end up in the landfill.
Are refurbished electronics right for you?
The HOBI online retail store was created especially for you, the consumer. We take pride in not only our great deals on the latest electronics, but also the quality and performance of each unit that leaves our warehouse. Our in-house professionals are trained in data erasure and inspection to get used electronics back to proper working conditions.
The HOBI online retail store also sells new and refurbished electronics at a discount.
What you may not want to buy your college student
Touchscreen sans keyboard
If you must buy a touchscreen make sure it is accompanied by a keyboard. In a college setting, even a budget laptop can better handle school-based tasks than an iPad. Writing and editing a term paper on a touchscreen is more difficult than a light, portable laptop.
Students mainly use their laptop for nothing more than word processing, Wikipedia-ing, and keeping up with their favorite shows. Most of these students don’t need high-tech, high-end laptops to put words on a screen. Moreover, since laptops have become lighter and more portable, they’re being brought far and wide. But lugging a laptop all over campus means an increased likeliness of damage. Would you rather receive a phone call from your kid telling you that he spilled a can of soda on a cheap-o laptop or a high-end model?
Check out the HOBI Shop for end of school year deals on new and refurbished laptops and tablets.