Reading between the Lines: Secondhand Textbook Ads Decoded
Like real estate agents advertising cupboard-sized bedrooms as “student friendly accommodation”, law students can show a certain creative flair when it comes to selling their secondhand textbooks.
If you’ll soon be trawling the Internet for next semester’s textbooks, here’s a translation guide to help decipher what those book descriptions really mean…
No highlighting – I didn’t read it.
Some highlighting – Now you don’t need to read the whole thing!
Latest edition – I paid full price.
Previous edition – You may end up borrowing the new edition from the library at some point this semester…
As new/still in original packaging – You won’t even need the textbook for this subject.
Quick sell – I heard that there’s a new edition of this book coming out soon.
Price negotiable – Somebody please take these books. I can’t bear to look at them anymore!
Some damage to cover – Textbook may have been thrown across the room during mid-semester assessments. Pages still attached to binding… just.
Great condition – I only used it in the exam.
Good condition – I began reading this book during STUVAC.
Also includes a set of HD notes – Awesome exam notes for sale, includes bonus textbook.
Written by [insert lecturer’s name here] – No need to wait for the new subject outline, this will almost definitely be the prescribed text next semester.
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