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Save on college textbooks with Chegg

Comparing book prices may sound like a good idea to save a few dollars on that bestseller you want to have on your shelf. But it may not be enough for the college students who struggle each semester to come up with a few hundred dollars for a new set of textbooks that University professors require to take their courses.

Students don’t have the money to buy textbooks, to attend the courses, to get a degree, to find a job, to earn the money as the result. Sounds like a chicken and egg problem, isn’t it? That is what Chegg is all about and that is where the name came from.

According to 2005 Government Accountability Office report textbook prices almost tripled between 1986 and the end of 2004 — rising by 186%. On the other hand teenagers and college students are probably the most active age group on the internet who are not afraid to try new things and experiment with new online services.

Chegg is the biggest of a several websites who try to monetize on this combination. The idea is very simple: build a community where college students can freely buy/sell used textbooks from each other and then use that community to make money by selling new textbooks and other merchandise. Here is how the marketplace works according to Chegg itself:

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The diagram for non-students is slightly different and involves a small fee — one more way for Chegg to monetize the website which in turn has gained so much momentum that Chegg is receiving another round of funding ($2.2 million) from Gabriel Venture Partners and angel investor Mike Maples.

But the team didn’t stop at the local market of University campuses. They went further and have made it easy for the students to publish their books for sale at Facebook — the biggest high school and college oriented social network. Isn’t it smart?!

What can I say — where was I when it all started in 2001 at Iowa State by one of the university students? Wherever I was — it was the wrong place to be. ;-)

Source: Web Sites Challenge the Textbook Goliaths at BusinessWeek


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7 Responses to “Save on college textbooks with Chegg”


  1. 1 Tim Jan 20th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Might wanna check out CollegeMedium.com as well…

  2. 2 Aayush Jan 20th, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for the great note on your blog. We will keep you posted on what is coming next.

    Aayush
    Chegg Inc.

  3. 3 Andrew Feb 23rd, 2007 at 8:54 am

    You can also try checking http://www.studentsmetro.com – the site containts free classifieds for students and already counts over 1000 listings a lot of which are college textbooks for sale

  4. 4 Kali Donovan Mar 29th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Continuing in the spirit of offering more options, http://www.thehappyzork.com is another great site. :)

  5. 5 Vicky Jan 3rd, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Chegg is awsome… I always use them – They have great prices and a HUGE selection – I save like at least $750 a year using them.. and I have used this coupon for the past 3 semesters – it never expires ! and you can use it over and over again :

    “USE COUPON CODE: CC105203 and get an EXTRA 5% off your ENTIRE order PLUS free shipping !! Coupon NEVER EXPIRES and you can use it OVER and OVER again !!!

    Got old textooks lying around the house collecting dust ? SELL THEM TO CHEGG FOR $$$ !!! Use the same coupon code : CC105203 to get an EXTRA $5.00 for your books ! “

    Keep saving fellow students !

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