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I am trying to create a budget for first year and I was wondering if someone could give me an estimate of how much first year textbooks are going to cost.

Thanks in advance.

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So Osgoode has a page where upper years sell their books for much cheaper than the bookstore, if you're lucky you can find all your books there. I did that and it cost me around $500, including some new books I had to get from the bookstore. I also know people who bought ALL their books from the bookstore and that cost about $1000, but I can't speak to that.

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1L was a while ago but I remember everything new costing me around $1000. I would also suggest buying used when you can, but as a 1L I wouldn’t suggest you buy old editions of books (as an upper year you can get away with it because you know what you’re doing)

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10 hours ago, healthlaw said:

but as a 1L I wouldn’t suggest you buy old editions of books (as an upper year you can get away with it because you know what you’re doing)

What do you mean? Is it cause editions are edited differently in different editions and/or the commentary (if any) is different?

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On 8/8/2019 at 9:48 AM, thedraper said:

What do you mean? Is it cause editions are edited differently in different editions and/or the commentary (if any) is different?

It’s because cases might be missing and it will be harder to follow along. A new case can make old cases irrelevant so it’s not that you can’t use an old casebook, it just might make it harder to follow along (depending on how many changes there were)

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On 8/2/2019 at 12:44 PM, misterorora said:

So Osgoode has a page where upper years sell their books for much cheaper than the bookstore, if you're lucky you can find all your books there. I did that and it cost me around $500, including some new books I had to get from the bookstore. I also know people who bought ALL their books from the bookstore and that cost about $1000, but I can't speak to that.

Do you have a link for the page where upper years sell their old text books? Hoping not to spend $1000 on books my first year.

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On 8/7/2019 at 11:30 PM, healthlaw said:

1L was a while ago but I remember everything new costing me around $1000. I would also suggest buying used when you can, but as a 1L I wouldn’t suggest you buy old editions of books (as an upper year you can get away with it because you know what you’re doing)

How do we know what books to buy used or from the store? Just based on if it's a recent edition or not? Are there certain types of books (I assume case books are like this) that it's less or more advisable to buy used or new?

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14 hours ago, Foggy2018 said:

How do we know what books to buy used or from the store? Just based on if it's a recent edition or not? Are there certain types of books (I assume case books are like this) that it's less or more advisable to buy used or new?

 

So professors will usually tell you which edition of the book to get, sometimes it's the same edition that has been used in the previous year and sometimes it isn't. When it has been the same edition as a previous year, I've just bought a used book because it's much cheaper. 

 

Hope that was helpful!

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22 hours ago, misterorora said:

 

So professors will usually tell you which edition of the book to get, sometimes it's the same edition that has been used in the previous year and sometimes it isn't. When it has been the same edition as a previous year, I've just bought a used book because it's much cheaper. 

 

Hope that was helpful!

Thanks, Mate! That was super helpful. I really appreciate it, as I'm sure others do as well.

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On 8/16/2019 at 7:31 PM, Luckycharm said:

I am still thinking how to get rid of boxes old books.

I mean, if you actually want to get some value out of them, just put them out on a shelf in your office to make it look like you actually read them to impress your clients/supervisor. 

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2 hours ago, TrqTTs said:

I mean, if you actually want to get some value out of them, just put them out on a shelf in your office to make it look like you actually read them to impress your clients/supervisor. 

Only works if they are the nice professional looking ones. Most of them this year look like children's colouring books.

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