Where to sell your college textbooks: not at your school!

According to an article in The Dailly Collegian, "Since 1986, textbook prices have nearly tripled, increasing by 186 percent, while tuition and fees have increased by 240 percent. Overall inflation since this time has increased by 72 percent. "

While outrageous textbook prices are a fact of life, cash-strapped students can make up some ground by selling their old textbooks directly to other students -- rather than trading them in at the school bookstore or another place that pays wholesale and then profits by selling the book at retail.