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Buying used textbooks

Mildredtabitha

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I remember I used to have friends who would buy used and old textbooks at the market because they were cheaper. They would only cost around $3. The disadvantage was that some lacked some pages because they were torn.

New textbooks would normally cost around $20. So buying used textbooks always helped in saving money. Have you ever bought used textbooks?
 

Nocturnal Writer

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Yes, when I was taking my college course. I used to buy secondhand textbooks from the secondhand bookstore. But in the elementary and high school, our textbooks and manuals are free. They're being lent to us and return them them at the closing or at the of the school year.
 

Mildredtabitha

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Yes, when I was taking my college course. I used to buy secondhand textbooks from the secondhand bookstore. But in the elementary and high school, our textbooks and manuals are free. They're being lent to us and return them them at the closing or at the of the school year.

I also used to receive free textbooks and exercise books in highschool and primary school. Most of the textbooks we received were old because we used to return them at the end of the year before we moved to the next grade.

Anyone who lost their lended textbook would need to buy a new one as a replacement before moving to the next class. This is how the school was able to keep offering books to students especially in public schools.
 

nangk08

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When I was in school, I used to get textbooks used by elder sister. Now my husband will only buy new books for my son since he is an only child and wants only the best for him. But many people who can not afford, use used textbooks. This year since many people lost jobs due to the pandemic, me and a couple other parents started a whatsapp group exclusively for exchanging used textbooks for their children so that most of the children get textbooks and are not deprived just because their parents don't have money.
 

Mildredtabitha

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When I was in school, I used to get textbooks used by elder sister. Now my husband will only buy new books for my son since he is an only child and wants only the best for him. But many people who can not afford, use used textbooks. This year since many people lost jobs due to the pandemic, me and a couple other parents started a whatsapp group exclusively for exchanging used textbooks for their children so that most of the children get textbooks and are not deprived just because their parents don't have money.
I really like your idea that you have put into practice by starting a WhatsApp group so that you can exchange used textbooks. We also have textbooks we do not use in my home. I know some people sell their textbooks if they don't have any younger siblings to use them. Giving it away as a gift is really a good idea. I like the one for exchanging used textbooks.
 

Nocturnal Writer

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I also used to receive free textbooks and exercise books in highschool and primary school. Most of the textbooks we received were old because we used to return them at the end of the year before we moved to the next grade.

Anyone who lost their lended textbook would need to buy a new one as a replacement before moving to the next class. This is how the school was able to keep offering books to students especially in public schools.
That's also we are doing here. Once we lost a textbook or soiled or destroyed it, we had to replace it for a new one. If we can't secure it, we have to pay for it.

When I became a teacher in the elementary grades, one of my added duty or function is a school property custodian. I am the one who lends out books to the pupils. At the closing of the school year and the books are mutilated or lost by the pupil-borrower, I never let them replace them with a new one or let them pay for them. I just make a report of those lost books and submit it to the property custodian of the Division of Schools.
 

nangk08

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Books are a one of the most essential things now after food and clothes, so we must help in whatever way we can to help the needy get books to study. We may not be rich to be able to donate books to many, but we can help in every small way which will go a long way towards educating kids who are not so privileged.
 

Nocturnal Writer

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Books are a one of the most essential things now after food and clothes, so we must help in whatever way we can to help the needy get books to study. We may not be rich to be able to donate books to many, but we can help in every small way which will go a long way towards educating kids who are not so privileged.
I am so very thankful of my friend who is living in America. He has a wife, a teacher who donated some of her teaching material and textbooks to our school where I'm the school principal. The books arrived in three big boxes. Our pupils are happy to use read them .
 

nangk08

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I am so very thankful of my friend who is living in America. He has a wife, a teacher who donated some of her teaching material and textbooks to our school where I'm the school principal. The books arrived in three big boxes. Our pupils are happy to use read them .
That is indeed very generous of your friend and his wife. Such initiatives do help children a lot who need all the resources that they can get.
 

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