Archives

Sharing from 2015, Prayers For Conner

Source: Prayers For Conner

This is an older post but tells of some of the details of a young family experiencing their baby’s heart surgery.  The minutia are different from our experience, yet in many ways the story is the same.  I’m so thankful that other writers share from their hearts their experiences and their perspective.  This “Prayers” posting was written by Conner’s grandmother–and what a loving, godly heart she exhibits…

ConnerJune20174

 

“Added note. To all who were here with us when my grandson Conner had his heart surgery almost two years ago now, who have asked so frequently how he’s doing, I added his picture. Yep, he’s one of the next generation of fearless daredevil boys in the family. His favorite thing is climbing and jumping, which he’s in the process of doing here. Thank you all for remembering him.” 

This update on Connor, and his picture, is from his Grandma’s recent posting (that is also well worth the read) here:

Thank You God, For Men. Real Men.

Image result for heal your heart scripture

Image is from a Bing.com image search for “heal your heart scripture”

It is a blessing to me, and hopefully to you as well, to be reminded of the Lord’s faithfulness in delivering other people out of their challenging circumstances.  I know nothing of this family beyond the two posts referenced here…but I know the Joy of seeing a heart surgery child running, climbing, and in general just being a boy!!!

Blessings,

Valerie

 

Image result for heal your heart scripture

Image is from a Bing.com image search for “heal your heart scripture”

Update June 23, 2017

Please check this post at my son’s new blog for further info about Conner & his family in the Comments Section.  Thanks!

https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/josiahs-first-post/

Bikers Rock Mid-Michigan for Jesus!

We were so privileged yesterday to participate in the Blessing of the Bikers event held this year at Victory Biker Church in Lennon, Michigan!  My husband’s band, Lively Pelts, was among several Christian Rock Bands invited to share in this amazing venture.  Also attending were Second Day Story, The Savior’s Army (TSA), and the church’s house band, Anchored in Christ.  That church band can sure rock!  The lead guitarist/singer, “Crow”, is also the church’s worship leader–wow.

20170617_231629_resized

Lively Pelts, Marty–Lead Guitar & Vocals, Roy–Drums, & Michael–Bass & Vocals: 6-17-17

 

This day also featured a special guest preacher, The Machine Gun Preacher.  This is the real man upon which the movie by that same name is based–he actually said that there is a movie sequel in production that should be out in a year or so.  Machine Gun Preacher shared some of the moving stories based on his intensive involvement in all types of ministries in Africa, where he lives and works full time.  He appears to be doing serious kingdom work over there and his ministry is well worth investing in.

20170617_233632_resized

Machine Gun Preacher at Blessing of the Bikers, Victory Biker Church, 6-17-17

Check out his website here:  http://www.MachineGunPreacher.org/

Victory Biker Church seems like quite a unique place for real world fellowship and teaching.  They obviously cater to bikers but were very warm and welcoming to us band families too.  There were people of all ages and races present and they really exhibited a Family of God atmosphere and a come as you are mindset.  This seems to be a church where The Rubber Meets The Road–Literally!  Please feel free to stop by and visit them if you are ever in the region of Flint, Michigan on a Sunday–you are sure to be blessed!

Blessing2017

Poster for Blessing of the Bikers, from VictoryBibleChurch.org

Following the concerts the Bikers were going on a Hundred Mile ride, fanning out across Michigan to share their faith in Christ along the road.  This was a day for real ministry to the real world by real people, many of whom have a background of brokenness, but have surrendered their hurts, habits, hangups, and history to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and He is using them mightily!  How many of us can truly say that about our own walks with the Lord if we are being completely honest?

MachineGunPreacher2017-1030x618

Poster for Machine Gun Preacher, from VictoryBikerChurch.org

There were quite a few trials the band faced in participating in this event from power outages, technical difficulties, & even near collapse from heat exhaustion.  In fact, when “Crow” took the stage just after the Pelts set, he declared “It’s hotter than hell-fire up here!”  That was no exaggeration…so the guys really had to press through on multiple fronts.  However, this was a venue and event that bore tangible fruit in the Kingdom of God, & we were so blessed to be there & to be part of at least Four New Souls coming into the Kingdom by accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior!  Thank you, Lord, that your Love is not limited to one type of person but is poured out freely to us all!!!

Blessings,

Valerie

A version of this quote below adorned the men’s room wall at the Biker Church and my husband enjoyed reading the quote aloud to various family members Sunday.  In honor of Father’s Day, and manliness, this perspective seems extremely apropos!

Image result for what a ride quote

from a Bing.com image search for “what a ride quote”

PS  please check out Michael’s band’s Reverb Nation page…or find them on Facebook…

 

Thoughts on “I Can’t Do This Special Needs Life”

Image result for special needs life

from Bing.com image search for “special needs life”

It’s always with a bit of fear & trepidation that I ever decide to engage the special needs arena more directly than daily life requires, especially when it’s mandatory (like IEP time).  Well, this short article came into my inbox and some of her thoughts below really resonated…

I can’t do this; be a wife, a mom, a nurse and keep my tears behind dry eyes.  I had dreams of doing things in the medical field a lifetime ago. That didn’t happen for reasons upon reasons. But here I am, working (and living) in the medical field every day. I didn’t expect my patient would be my own child. Now that those long-lost dreams are alive and well in my everyday life all I can think of every moment is, “Please God, I can’t do this.”

from: http://www.keyministry.org/specialneedsparenting/2017/6/9/i-cant-do-this-special-needs-life

The bolded part in the above quotation is what got me back typing away here.  Through a series of seemingly random events I studied and graduated University with a Pre-Med Degree (BS, Bio-Medical Chemistry).  I did take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and did marginally well but just never applied to Medical School.  At that time I was getting burned out on an extreme science emphasis like my basically Chemistry Major/Biology Minor Degree had demanded; I needed a break.  Being pretty eclectic in my interests & “motivations” (if one can even say I have the latter!) I was just not really interested in then pursuing medicine right out of my undergraduate program; I ended up pursing Christian Counseling instead…

The ironic thing is that I partially made this decision because I “wanted to have a life” and thought the extensive studies and training involved in Med School would mean many years before I would get much reprieve or enjoyment out of living.  Amazingly, before a decade had passed, I too, like the mom above, was facing the most challenging of all patients, my own extremely complex special needs child, and truly my life would never be my own again…

Image result for sick child

from a Bing.com image search for “sick child”

Frankly I don’t know how anyone copes with the challenges, upheavals, sorrows, rage, exhaustion, confusion, depression, isolation, and tediousness of it all without the Lord’s saving Grace & Peace!  These extensive trials have driven our family to the Foot of the Cross time & time again.  And even with His “Peace that passes understanding” there are many days when we just have to slog it out…& it ain’t pretty either!

Image result for comfort in suffering

from a Bing.com image search for “comfort in suffering”

I still honestly don’t know what to do with all the “stuff” that has been crammed down into my soul with minimal if any real “processing” time or resolution.  It is difficult for me to make sense of some of those special needs experiences without some outlet for said processing–which is one of the reasons for the existence of this blog at all.

Only considering my “special” son’s particular needs, here’s some of what we’ve faced:

  • Pregnancy problems/IUGR (Intra-Uterine Growth Retardation AKA small for gestational age)
  • Prematurity, Very Low Birth Weight, 2# 6 oz (qualified for SSI in the hospital)
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Complex structural birth defects
  • 2 1/2 months in the NICU (Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit)
  • Ambulance ride to a different hospital for Open-Heart Surgery
  • Living apart from my husband for 3 months during heavy season of stress
  • Inability to directly breastfeed my son due to his weakness, so nearly 3 months of pumping breastmilk for him to be gavage fed via a tube in his nose, or alternatively to feed his twin when we were apart because I was in the hospital with his brother around the clock…
  • Open heart surgery at 2 1/2 months & ~4 pounds; the night beforehand being the only time our entire immediate family was in one room together, as in I was preparing myself/us for the possibility that our son would die & that pre-op visit would be all the time that we ever had together as an intact family…
  • Urinary Tract Infection delaying hospital discharge, I discovered this
  • Relatively short time at “home”; Life threatening respiratory infection (RSV) leading to an across state ambulance ride and re-hospitalization, and the admission X-Ray revealing an unexplained broken rib so “formality” inquiries; he had a second RSV hospitalization when about a year old
  • Breathing Machine (Nebulizer) with meds & chest percussions
  • Seemingly endless vomiting with practically every feeding and/or dosage of meds
  • Various Proprioceptive & Vestibular interventions, brushing, joint compression, etc (mostly done by me)
  • Problems with hernias requiring near emergency surgery during the post-op phase from Heart Surgery
  • Visiting Nurses
  • Medicaid
  • WIC
  • County Health Departments
  • Numerous Medical Specialists with sometimes conflicting advice
  • In Home Therapy visits (PT, OT, Speech)
  • In Home Teaching, in three different cities
  • Preventive Care Services, support for a family in near crisis
  • Being written up in our local paper because of the uniqueness of our situation
  • Authorized coverage for respite child care so my husband & I could get a reprieve, but an inability to use this service because we couldn’t find anyone capable of handling Josiah’s needs and our other two or three kids…
  • Major behavioral & emotional problems
  • Balance Problems & Hearing Loss needing Myringotomy Ear Tubes surgically placed numerous times to help correct
  • Autism Spectrum issues, but not diagnosed early enough nor classic enough to get real help from the school system
  • Sound Field System in School
  • Neuropsychological Testing numerous times, virtually all data was ignored by school “professionals”
  • Unspecified Neurological Impairments
  • Balance, Equilibrium, Processing, & Sensory Challenges
  • Unusual Therapies; Sensory Integration Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Social Skills Group, etc.
  • Early-On Program
  • Developmental Assessment Clinics
  • Virtually no “typical” twin experiences, nothing like what “the books” say
  • Complex staged birth defect surgeries
  • Positional Head Deformity, requiring an orthotic helmet to reshape the skull
  • Moving our residence across the state to be closer to adequate medical care (husband’s job change & our near year separation, except for weekends, during the entire selling/moving process)
  • Second Open Heart Surgery at about 4 1/2 years with statements implying that another heart surgery would be likely within a decade (though a 3rd surgery in this domain still pends)
  • High Blood Pressure, Blood Pressure Monitoring Machine, spotty compliance
  • Numerous Medications over the years
  • Social isolation for our son in particular, but our family as well, due to the complex challenges & lack of awareness on other people’s parts
  • Years of car rides, mornings, announcements of plans changing, etc that resulted in ceaseless screaming, hitting, kicking, etc…=familial upheaval
  • Years of deliberate “button pushing” of all family members, being a deliberate atomic bomb within the family=massive stress
  • Lifelong Pediatric Cardiology care
  • Lifelong Pediatric Urology care
  • Massive battles with Special Education after having positive Special Ed Pre-School experiences
  • Only one month in “real school” with his twin brother
  • Having to “repeat” a year of Special Ed Pre-school due to educational negligence, incompetence, &/or indifference & my own weaknesses in entering the fray
  • Severe Learning Disability in Math, misinterpreted as global delay
  • Tutoring
  • Being told for years we needed Advocacy help, but rarely finding any available and/or affordable
  • Community Mental Health, home & center-based care
  • Insurance challenges in getting needed services covered/provided
  • Respite Care, both in home and center based
  • Chronic Bedwetting, well into the teen years
  • Multiple Sleep Disorders requiring CPAP usage
  • Congenital Double Vision, eventually “corrected” surgically
  • Student Aides/Para-Professional involvement only after major battles with Special Ed even though doctors insisted this was vital at the outset of regular schooling
  • Massive Educational & Disability Discrimination…any real recourse here???
  • Learning about free advocacy training and materials but when pursuing them discovering the programs were cut; same now in relation to job training issues
  • Having a Brain Tumor and Liver Masses discovered at virtually the same time
  • Getting Cancer evaluations
  • Human Growth Hormone deficiencies, but no real treatment because of other complicating issues
  • Being accused by school staff of inappropriate behavior that he didn’t do, and not allowing a parent to be present to assist him in processing the situation
  • Brain Tumor removal through the nasal passage, so no visible scarring!
  • Ultimately needing & getting a whole Liver Transplant
  • Lifelong Liver Transplant Clinic care
  • ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Unexplained dizzy spells, EEGs don’t reveal reasons
  • “Hypoglycemia”
  • Emergency Room Runs for injuries & once for an environmental breathing issue that I thought meant my son would die in my arms before we reached the hospital
  • Pervert encounters in the park as a child and at school as an adolescent, with major emotional fallout
  • Spiritual battles that periodically resurface & blindside & overwhelm him
  • Continuing to help him navigate the world, including processing why even though he and his twin brother are a minute apart in birth times their life experiences are worlds apart
Image result for comfort in suffering

from a Bing.com image search for “comfort in suffering”

Well, my oldest son has mentioned on a number of occasions how I “never use my education”, since I’m not currently in the workforce.  It has honestly taken every aspect of what I’ve learned formally, inter-personally, spiritually, and experientially to navigate the extremely treacherous waters that Special Needs Parenting has led us through.  Some doctors have kindly indicated that I have a virtual medical degree by way of this personal parenting experience.  Whatever I have become, much of it is now attributable to being a Special Needs Mom.  It has become a burden, a badge of honor/courage, and ultimately a blessing.  In God’s Kingdom He brings Beauty for Ashes, Light from Darkness, and Hope beyond Despair!

Though I didn’t ask for this calling, as much as it lies within me, I try not to shirk the attendant responsibilities.  We’ve spoken as a family on these matters a number of times and we all agree we wouldn’t change things, even if we could.  As my eldest son has said, “Josiah is the heart of our family!”  So we are Challenged, Confused, Cracked Up, and Comforted by his uniqueness.  He still sees the Lord with “unveiled face”, being so pure of heart.  The rest of us might be relatively normal by this world’s standards, but Josiah stands tallest and purest in the Kingdom of God!  It is all of our privileges to walk along side of him in this crazy, painful, wonderful life…

Image result for beauty for ashes

Image from a Bing.com image search for “beauty for ashes”

 

 

20 Years Later…Red Wings Rocked The Joe

My husband just showed me a Facebook video (I’m Not on Facebook!) post of the amazing Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche fight from March of 1997 at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.  What awesome hockey back in the day.  We still miss those Red Wings champions (and the ability to watch them on regular broadcast TV)…Here’s a version of that fight as posted on YouTube.com.  Enjoy!

Our oldest son just stopped by and mentioned that this fight gets posted to Facebook pretty regularly so apparently a lot of people enjoy reminiscing about that brawl…

We also found a great write up about this momentous event here, it’s worth the time:

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2017/03/23/red-wings-avalanche-fights/99495676/

I ended up reading the above Detroit Free Press article aloud to my husband and during the reading our son, Josiah, & his Respite Worker came home & started listening in too.  Ultimately the Freep recounting of events sparked an interesting conversation amongst the guys about Detroit Sports and some of the many changes (mostly not for the better) in the modern era.  It’s great to see my Autistic Spectrum son participate in a lively interaction with other guys in a domain so many love!

Josiah had found a documentary on Netflix about the Detroit Pistons in the Bad Boy era and some of the clips in that “flick” basically amazed our kids…and not just because of the pretty outrageous outfits!  Netflix can be such an eye opener when it allows glimpses into a past where masculinity was allowed freer & fuller expression in our society.  Sports have become “safer” now in many respects, at least perhaps physically…but certainly not “safe” in terms of the ability of people to communicate freely about their viewpoints without sometimes extreme consequences.

Some commentators that I enjoy reading &/or listening to refer to the “Arena of Ideas” in regards to social/political thought & commentary and how it used to be understood that it could be a knockdown, drag out, free for all.  Doing genealogical/historical research in old newspapers can be a real eye opener when you see how the Left/Right divide was clearly on display and openly advocated for by a particular “rag”; now virtually only the left side is on display, but presented as middle of the road…but I digress. Seeing that historical brawl in the hockey “arena” gives us a tangible representation of what a free-for-all of Ideas in the Arena could/should look like.  Have an opinion, take a stand, take on all comers, protect your teammates, defend your honor, don’t go down without swinging, don’t deliver nor tolerate the cheap shots, respect your opponents while doing your best to defeat them, never give up, never surrender (in Churchill’s voice, of course), when knocked down get back up again, stay in the game, go the distance…

There are several scriptures that speak to this process as well, at least for me:

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Excerpt from BibleGateway.com

Of course, this presumes that you are doing things that the Lord would approve…

Proverbs 24:11 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

— 24 — 11 If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them. 12 You cannot say, “It’s none of my business.” The Lord knows everything, and he knows why you do things. He watches you, and he will pay you back for what you do.

Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International; Excerpt from BibleGateway.com

I believe this passage is one that supports the Right to Life position of protecting all innocent human life during the entire lifespan…

 

Ephesians 4:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint)

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Excerpt from BibleGateway.com

I reference this particular passage periodically with others in relation to the fact that anger in and of itself isn’t wrong…otherwise Christ himself, the only sinless human, would not have displayed it.  Where we get into trouble is in what we Do with our anger.  Having “Righteous Anger” is not an oxymoron!  However, we all need the Lord’s wisdom to act upon such anger in a manner that is pleasing to Him, and productive to the situation.

Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

King James Version (KJV)Public Domain

Excerpt from BibleGateway.com

This scriptural passage reminds us that the true battle is a spiritual one.  It is Always Light vs Darkness, Good vs Evil.  We, as believers, need to keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, follow His lead, His Will, and… 

James 4:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Footnotes:

  1. James 4:6 Prov. 3:34

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.  Excerpt from BibleGateway.com

Submission to the Lord is the key here.  We need to be surrendered to Him.  At that point those battles we face should be handled in obedience to His Will.  It means that we conduct ourselves in a manner that is pleasing to Him, even as we enter the fray.

Well, it wasn’t my intention to go off on that battle tangent, but I guess in my heart I’m some type of Warrior.  It ties into the many battles engaged in the Special Needs domains while attempting to champion my son’s rights & needs.  God equips us to do what we must, sometimes only giving us that fortitude once we are in that arena and there is no turning back.  I guess that Bloody Battle at the Joe was more of a meaningful metaphor than I’d realized when posting this message…hmm.

 

May the Lord Bless & Equip YOU for the battles you face as you seek His Face, surrender to His Will, and submit yourself to His guidance & presence in your life!

Your Fellow Warrior in the Kingdom,

Valerie

Here’s a final thought…be inspired by what the Lord can do in and through you…and be encouraged by the music & message here!

 

War in the Heavenlies

Uploaded on Aug 16, 2011

WORSHIP LEADER: RON KENOLY

ALBUM: JESUS IS ALIVE

HMD036

Lyrics:

Making war
In the heavenlies
Tearing down principalities
Standing firm
In Jesus’ victory
Making war
In the heavenlies
Casting down
Every high thing
That exalts
Itself against
The knowledge
Of Christ
(Repeat)

We do not
Bow our knee
To the prince
Of the air
For we know
The truth
Has set us free
And under our feet
He will shortly
Be crushed
And having done all
We’ll stand
In victory

(Repeat Chorus)

Our hearts
Are set apart
For the courts
Of the Lord
And we will not be
Bought or sold (Valerie ammended this line only slightly)
By His Spirit
In us
We will overcome
Pulling down
Every stronghold

(Repeat Chorus)

That exalts
Itself against
The knowledge
Of Christ
That exalts
Itself against
The knowledge
Of Christ!

 

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Music

    • “Making War In the Heavenlies” by Ron Kenoly

Both the video clip and the lyrics above are copied from YouTube.com

My special son, Josiah, will often blast the above song on his CD player and it reverberates throughout the house and our souls, encouraging us all to not give up, even in the midst of the fray…Josiah is an amazing warrior in the Kingdom of God!

Textbook Freneticism, Part Deux

So my daughter’s Freshman year of college has concluded and it’s time to return the rented textbooks.  This is making me re-visit the textbook acquisition process, to some degree, by way of a bit of a “de-brief” to avoid some of the pitfalls of this year’s search scenario to assist in streamlining future endeavors…

The winter semester began with an exhaustive & exhausting search for the best possible prices in hopes of not needing to reinvent this wheel in the future and to be able to better advise my other college friends in their own book searches…

The final source of this semester’s purchases was a bit of an inadvertent find.  I had already run several searches for Individual books at the website when I noticed an ability to search for Multiple Books simultaneously!  Here’s what we found initially at DirectTextbook.com:

Lowest Combined Price (All Bookstores)

*Click the book’s price to go to the bookstore

New Used Ebook Rental
9780393340730 – The Lifespan of a Fact TextbookRush MarketTextbookRush Market + $4.58 +
9781285436500 – Writing Analytically KnetbooksKnetbooks + + + $23.41
9780872206335 – Five Dialogues : Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo Half.comHalf.com + $2.20 + +
9780872206410 – God KnetbooksKnetbooks + + $13.94
9780205863792 – The DK Handbook : Researching, Desigining, Documenting, Proofreading, Arguing, Writing, Editing, Revising AlibrisAlibris $8.00 + + +
(1 new and 2 used and 2 rental) $51.01
Shipping and Handling: $10.47

Lowest Total (All Bookstores) $61.48

Applicable Coupons

http://www.directtextbook.com/multiprices/14243

I don’t remember if I actually clicked on the individual coupon links from the above table.  I may have done so to also compare those coupons to ones available from this helpful site:

https://www.retailmenot.com/coupons/books?c=8441883

By the way, I read about the RetailMeNot.com website from one of the many articles perused to enlighten this year’s textbook search process.  Those articles were found by searching for best or cheap and textbook in various search engines, I believe.  Some of those articles were what inspired the original “Textbook Freneticism” posting, hoping that My Post may assist others, and be a good reference for me/us again, when needed…

Based on our experiences with the Fall Semester, we still began looking at the college campus’ bookstore, Barnes & Noble.  We input my daughter’s class schedule at the campus B & N site to get a listing of required materials for each of her classes.  We discussed them to determine which ones she actually Needed.  I created an electronic document containing all of the info on her schedule, and the course requirements.  This helped to document the baseline data from which we would then work.  We discussed my daughter’s preferences for material style based on her first college semester (hard/soft-cover vs binder style vs electronic, etc.) including whether she would prefer to own an item.  Since my daughter has ADHD her learning style needs were also considered along with the knowledge that she was late in returning some rental books last semester and ended up being penalized financially here.  The formatting choice and B & N price then became our baseline with which to compare all the search results…

Armed with the pared down preferential list, and including the results in the electronic doc we returned to online searching.  This searching was facilitated by the fact that the Fall semester’s Barnes & Noble “low price guarantee” fiasco meant that I already had a substantial list of websites to review…I had hoped to analyze the veracity of the info available on some of the aggregating sites by confirming details at the source site, but I never was able to wade that  far into the weeds.  A relatively cursory view of the sites makes them appear to offer reasonably similar results, at least as far as pricing and vendors go.  Some include potential coupons and some calculate total cost with shipping.  I didn’t notice any overtly stating “free” returns though at least one site took into consideration the “buy back” (by them presumably) discount in their net pricing…

Several sites allowed for keeping multiple items within their system though I don’t believe any of the  others did the same type of overall low-price comparison like DirectTextbook.com did…So this DT site is still my planned Go-To site going forward.

SlugBooks.com shows several options in a table manner and I believe it can line up multiple books visually in its table/column format.  It also has several articles that discuss discount shopping for textbooks that can be helpful (a number of sites have articles, but that’s not the focus here).  Here’s a view of the results choices the columns/table includes:

List Price Amazon AbeBooks ValoreBooks Purchase Chegg ValoreBooks Rental Amazon Rental
You currently have no books on your list. Please search using the bar above!

 

BooksPrice.com keeps multiple searches on internal tabs within its webpage.  This allows for easy flipping between your choices.  It also allows you to choose among formats for textbooks and to exclude particular vendors to narrow the results available to some degree.  Here’s an example of the first three results from a recent search:

Store Name Condition Availability Term Price Shipping Total Price Go to Store
ebay
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] Available $4.16 Free $ 4.16 Go to
ebay
Thriftbooks.com
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] In Stock $3.79 $0.99 $ 4.78 Go to
Thriftbooks.com
Abebooks
Exclude / Preferred
Used Available $5.23 Free $ 5.23 Go to
Abebooks

 

CheapestTextbooks.com orders results by price; it also contains internal tabs, but these are for different format options on an individual book.  They do provide a column for coupons and deals and give sufficient info there to make informed choices.  You can  click directly on the choice to be taken to the vendor to complete your purchase, but this is a feature that most of the sites seem to have.  Here is an example of the page’s formatting showing a couple of results:

Used New Rent eBook Sell Back

Best Buying and Renting Options – Total includes shipping

Store  Condition Coupons & Deals  Price Shipping  Total
Barnes & Noble.com
(Marketplace)
Used $2.00
as of 1 second ago
$3.99
Amazon
(Marketplace)
Used $3.98
as of 1 second ago
$3.99

 

DealOz.com lays out many options in columns and highlights certain features in red to draw one’s attention to the best price within a format or other helpful info.  Here’s an example of what a search at this site would return:

Sort by

Price

Condition

Shipping

Coupons

Cash Back

Total

Store

10  Used
Marketplace
+$3.99

Standard: 4-14
Amazon Marketplace
 
Featured
10  New
Marketplace
+$3.99

Standard: 4-14
Amazon Marketplace
 
Featured
10  Used
Marketplace
+$2.64

Standard: 5-14

 

Unfortunately the DealOz.com copy/paste  above doesn’t show how well formatted the page is…check out the actual site to get a better idea of how this site may work for you…

 

BigWords.com calls itself the “uber-marketplace” and does have a wide ranging search capability.  It offers internal pop-up clickable links on the results to give extra helpful info for decision-making.  Here’s an example of their results:

  • TYPE
  • PRICE
  • S/H
  • BUYBACK/DEALS
  • TOTAL
  • Abebooks

    Details

    USED$5.84$2.64

    $0.58

    $7.90

  • Amazon Marketplace

    Details

    USED$3.98$3.99 $7.97

Like the copy/paste previously, this doesn’t accurately reflect the BigWords.com ease of usage…so please visit the site to see its format.

 

I was just visiting the DirectTextbook.com site and couldn’t easily find the Multiple Book Search function.  So please use this below site and change the ISBNs to include the books you want to search for!  It was apparently God’s mercy that I ever found this multiple book search at all!!!!

http://www.directtextbook.com/multiprices/14243

Use the box on the upper left of the page to input the desired books’ ISBNs and then click the “update results” link near the top of the page.  I really hope this works for you as well as it worked for us!  Blessings…

BookFinder4U.com also searches a large marketplace for many options.  It shows the country of origin and user’s ratings of various sellers to assist in your choices.   Another nice feature is that is shows the shipping times on the results page, which can aid in selections when time is of the essence.  Here’s an example of some of their results:

Store Name Book Type Price Shipping [?] Total [?] Availability [?] Tax Store Rating  
usa
<Marketplace>
Used
2.00
USD
3.89
4-14 days
Best Price
5.89
You save 98%
In Stock
usa
<Marketplace>
Used
2.00
USD
3.99
4-14 days
In Stock
usa
<Marketplace>
Used
3.15
USD
3.49
4-14 days
In Stock PA

 

AbeBooks.com was recommended in one of the articles that I read initially.  It also came up in many of the marketplace searches within aggregating websites and seems to have its own marketplace capability.  It has the distinction of also searching “rare books”.  I went there to verify pricing/terms when selecting to purchase from there based on a multi-search from DirectTextbook.com.  I believe the results lined up OK…

ValoreBooks.com was referenced in several of the aggregate search sites and seems to also do some aggregate searching itself.  It chunks the details in just a few columns so it’s not as easy to lose your place visually on the page compared to some sites with many columns, a bonus with attentional challenges in play…

Chegg.com also comes up frequently in aggregate searches.  It was the go-to textbook site for my currently-in-college son for a while (I think he prefers Amazon.com now with an Amazon Prime student membership giving free shipping) …I believe this is also the site that offered a free preview of a textbook which could really help when waiting on a shipment (details in my previous “Freneticism” posting).  I went here to check out prices mentioned on other sites.  It also came up as one of the top 3 least cost vendors when only wanting to purchase from one source in the DirectTextbook.com multisearch I ran…

Here is the free preview from Chegg, which appears to offer viewing, and perhaps testing of etext features…and I encountered no other vendor offering this service!

http://reader.chegg.com/reader/book.php?id=PR_9781305161726&cart-params=Trackid%3D29bcebde%26instacc_cart%3D1%26ii%3D

 

Textbooks.com is another searchable site by ISBN and it also showed up in some of the aggregate site searches…

Half.com was a highly recommended site by one of the articles I read on textbook searching online.  I went to this site because one of the books we wanted was cheapest there.  I set up the purchase but for some reason it was cancelled by the seller.  I had been leery of going through an eBay company, for no rational reason, so that order cancel reinforced my baseless distaste.  I ended up getting the book for twice the half.com cost from another source after running a secondary book search for items that weren’t known before classes started…which meant I ultimately had several items to data crunch in another multi-search at DT…

Bookbyte.com occasionally shows up in aggregate searches.  I believe it was also referenced in one of the articles I read.

BookScouter.com clearly lines up many sellers making it easy to see the price and condition gradients.  It also looks like it recruits books to buy so it may be a good source for getting some money back on unneeded books.

TextbookRentals.com may have been another site recommended by some of the articles that I read.  I went there to verify pricing from an aggregate site, I believe.  It shows clearly and easily the differences in prices and rental times and seems easy to skim through for details.  It has a slot to show buyback offers as well as purchase pricing all on one page for convenience.

ECampus.com was a source of a couple of our rentals, I believe, though we actually got the items through KNetBooks.com.  Perhaps ECampus operates under many names or has subsidiaries?  It seems to have some degree of a marketplace feature but many of the vendors were from one locale…It also has a clear “sell” capability.

BookFinder.com provides a lot of info in a relatively small space with relatively small print, which can be a bit overwhelming from an ADHD perspective.  It does make it pretty easy to compare details and appears to order items based on price.  Here’s an example of what you might see there:

New books: 1 – 25 of 28

 

TextSurf.com shows basically the same vendors as SlugBooks.com.  It is pretty easy to compare these choices it a glance and uses a descent amount of white space in its presentation which may be easier on the eyes and mind for those with attentional issues.  I didn’t do a deeper analysis to see if TextSurf & Slug prices were comparable…It clearly marks selling options on its search page.  It doesn’t obviously include shipping which impacts cost.  Here’s how results might look:

Buying Options
Amazon $3.98
Save $103.42!
AbeBooks $4.31
Save $103.09!
ValoreBooks $4.72
Save $102.68!
Booksrun N/A
Renting Options
Chegg $21.99
Save $85.41!
ValoreBooks N/A
Booksrun N/A
Digital Options
RedShelf $42.67
Ebook rental (180 days) Save $64.73!

 

BookFace.com shows it’s results alphabetically by vendor, at least while searching.  It also has an easy “sell your copy” feature that likely also searches the marketplace for offers…

AffordABook.com has a very easy on the eyes for someone with ADHD results page.  It appears to list just the one best priced item in a category and shows shipping charges but not coupons.  It may be a good starting search page for someone who doesn’t want to be overwhelmed with too much info but other sites offer more details, so may need consultation.  Here’s how the results might look:

Search Results:

Retailer
Price
Shipping
Final Price
Buy/Rent
$3.98
$3.99
$7.97
(lowest price!)
$4.72
$3.95
$8.67
$21.99
$21.99
$25.00
$3.99
$28.99

Well, this shows the INFO but Not the Appearance of that page…hmm

 

TextbookRush.com is another site from which we made a purchase, though I thinks the deal was found through TextbookDirect and verified at Rush.  The site also offers a “get Cash” button that presumably includes selling back textbooks owned, and based on one page it appears that there is free shipping on the books You sell to them…It appears to also do its own marketplace type searches and offers helpful details like book condition and shipping .

Both BarnesAndNoble.com and Amazon.com were necessary searches according to the B & N Campus bookstore “low price guarantee” where the on-campus store would match pricing from either online vendor, but not their marketplace options unless they were “fulfilled by” the actual store…I don’t believe either store ever offered the best price…though there was a .ca (Canada) stored that seemed to have a best price but we could not actually purchase from them to be shipped to our US address–at least as far as I could tell.

This is a link to the B & N Price Match…

https://bnc.pgtb.me/0X3s0B

I wanted to comment on the only rental we got that included the mailer (packaging & shipping label–all for free!) in the shipment of the textbook.  The return label goes to Campus Book Rentals, but looking that up online suggests using  TextbookUnderground.com.  We apparently rented items from both vendors but only CampusBookRentals.com provided the mailing packaging.  The item from TextbookUnderground offered free return shipping via a printed label, but you have to provide the packaging (we reused some items from book shipments to us)…

The CampusBookRentals.com site offers a “search all at once” option, but don’t know how that actually works out so we’ll need to check that out next semester…

This is about all I’ve got currently on this topic…I don’t have any saved searches on CBR &/or TextbookUnderground so cannot easily describe the results.  I’m considering a third installment on this topic to address the selling the books back option as we have a couple to possibly sell & using those ISBNs may allow a mock search on those other sites…and I may see from the original “Freneticism” posting if there were any other sites I used during the process but didn’t end up recapping here to potentially include in the concluding post.  Also, that possible 3rd posting (theoretical currently) may include an order of usage or preference shorthand to become my/our go-to approach going forward in this domain.

Hopefully someone besides myself or my family finds some useful info here.  I hope to Never need to dive so deeply into textbook searching in the future as this was a complex and confusing process.  The first semester’s searches were especially overwhelming in that some had so many choices (new, used rental, hard/soft/binder,electronic, international, older/cheaper editions, etc), each of which had their own price points, it became incredibly tedious to even attempt to find the best overall pricing.  That’s part of what made the DirectTextbook.com multisearch feature such a Literal Godsend!  Having specified desired formats with my daughter (like no instructor’s versions) and narrowing down the choices to only what was actually needed for her classes we could commence a comprehensive multi-search and get the results within minutes.

Being of both a thorough and penny-pinching nature, I still checked most of these items against the actual source website (not just clicking through) and also reviewed vendors’ coupons from several sources to verify the quality of the actual chosen deals.  These extra measures helped me to feel reasonably confidant that we had gotten near to the best deals we could possibly get on the searched items available at that time from a very active marketplace.

Well, best wishes and God’s Best Blessings to you as you endeavor to also be a good steward of the material resources and time bestowed upon you.  Hopefully I haven’t “squandered” my time, but rather heavily “invested” it in this pretty comprehensive searching process so as to facilitate our (and perhaps your) future textbook explorations, acquisitions, and “exportations”.  –Valerie

Autism Outreach…touching lives

There is a moving story posted on the ukdailymail website here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4446186/Mother-autistic-boy-moved-sweet-note-server-left.html

Please read the original article for extra details…It is such an encouragement to hear about others reaching out in kindness to a family during a time of struggle.  I have many memories from my Spectrum Son’s younger days where he had such challenges coping with sensory and/or emotional overload.  Had anyone ever done/said something similar to what was done for this family for us it would surely have become a treasured memory.  Thank you, Lord, for the “random acts of kindness” of strangers…for reaching into the midst of our struggles and lightening the load in unexpected and much appreciated ways!

Blessings to all,

Valerie

Image result for scripture encouragement

from a Google Image search for “scripture encouragement”

Below, the image is from the original article & tells much of the tale…

'Our server was gracious and sweet,' Heustess wrote in her post; she said her faith in humanity had been restored after the Cracker Barrel encounter

‘Our server was gracious and sweet,’ Heustess wrote in her post; she said her faith in humanity had been restored after the Cracker Barrel encounter

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4446186/Mother-autistic-boy-moved-sweet-note-server-left.html#ixzz4fKb4S7sq
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

 

Textbook Freneticism

So it’s yet another New Year but still some old habits die very hard, or are more likely immortal, especially Procrastination…So even though this was imagined Last Semester (and all pertinent tabs were kept open on my laptop all these months) here is an attempt at analysis of the online Textbook Search & Acquisition process in honor of my daughter’s Freshman year in college.

By way of brief background, she attends a local college with a Barnes & Noble campus bookstore that has a “low price guarantee” which inadvertently gave me more peace of mind than true “low price” access when we foolishly decided to buy her first semester’s books on campus then troll the Internet to achieve the guaranteed best prices.  So I spent many hours trying to compile my best effort at getting us the “best” deals…most of which was negated by the campus bookstore “guarantees” fine print.

So this semester it’s live & learn & hopefully not more rinse & repeat.  Unfortunately she didn’t get a jump on signing up for the Winter Term’s Classes & Christmas Chaos & exhaustion crept into my own energy resources.  That’s why we are less than a week before classes start and I’m Finally attempting another online textbook search.

Last semester’s fantasy envisionment of today’s posting meant that I would write up my findings in a very analytic “report” that could be consulted by myself & others in the future and could potentially see tweaking into some type of “article” that could be “sold” for wider posting.  Today’s reality is that here will be an “as is” attempt to articulate at the most basic level what I’ve encountered so far and which may receive further analytical tweaking down the road to polish it up further…

5-23-17 update:  My intentions of hyper analysis will likely never be realized apart from someone actually wanting to pay me for my time here…so here’s where the process actually ended up.  One of the websites I checked allowed searching multiple titles at once and offered the best total price option.  You could select several parameters (whether new, used, or rental and lowest total price or best price for just one source for all) to personalize your experience.  This site was revolutionary after the Many Hours I had spent trying to deal with this complex process.  Ultimately I ended up making a “low price” decision involving several vendors…this worked quite well!

 

Here is an image of that multifaceted search from what is sure to be my Starting Point for any further textbook searches!

 

Lowest Combined Price (All Bookstores)

*Click the book’s price to go to the bookstore

New Used Ebook Rental
9780393340730 – The Lifespan of a Fact TextbookRush MarketTextbookRush Market + $4.58 +
9781285436500 – Writing Analytically KnetbooksKnetbooks + + + $23.41
9780872206335 – Five Dialogues : Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo Half.comHalf.com + $2.20 + +
9780872206410 – God KnetbooksKnetbooks + + $13.94
9780205863792 – The DK Handbook : Researching, Desigining, Documenting, Proofreading, Arguing, Writing, Editing, Revising AlibrisAlibris $8.00 + + +
(1 new and 2 used and 2 rental) $51.01
Shipping and Handling: $10.47

Lowest Total (All Bookstores) $61.48

 Applicable Coupons
 from this website:
This is the end of the 5-23-17 insert…

So here is the first textbook I’m searching for this semester with pertinent results noted:

LIFESPAN OF A FACT

LIFESPAN OF A FACT

REQUIRED |By DAGATA

  • EDITION:   12
  • PUBLISHER:   NORTON
  • ISBN:   9780393340730
      • RENT USED $8.10
        (Return by 04/28/2017)

        SAVE 55%
      • RENT NEW $11.65
        (Return by 04/28/2017)
      • BUY USED$13.45
      • BUY NEW$17.95

Savings calculated off the new book price

 

Now to look at the Internet options, in no particular order:

 

http://www.slugbooks.com/search_MS1.html

The Lifespan of a Fact

by John D’Agata | ISBN: 9780393340730 (view details)


Textbook(s)
 showing the columns with input & their categories, last column to search for pricing if wanting to sell the book…

List Price Amazon AbeBooks ValoreBooks Purchase Chegg ValoreBooks Rental Amazon Rental

$1795

LIST PRICE
$419Buy It
$738Buy It
$458Buy It

 

https://www.valorebooks.com/textbooks/lifespan-of-a-fact/9780393340730

top used price (of many shown):

$4.58

$3.95 shipping

Used

Condition:
Very Good

  • Provider: BookCellar
  • Provider Rating:

    (1167) 92%

  • Ships From: Nashua, NH
  • Shipping: Standard, Expedited
  • Comments: May have highlighting or writing and wear to cover. May not include supplemental items like CDs or access codes. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders.

top new price (of many) shown:

$9.97

$3.95 shipping

Condition:
New
  • Provider: GreatBookPrices2
  • Provider Rating:

    (417) 63%

  • Ships From: Multiple Locations
  • Shipping: Standard
  • Comments: Please allow 4-14 business days for Media Mail delivery. Brand New, Perfect Condition, 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served

 

http://www.textbookland.com/waitpage.html?ISBN=0393340732

this website worked for the Fall Semester but currently having problems…

 

https://www.bookbyte.com/textbooks/lifespan-of-a-fact-by-dagata/9780393340730-0393340732

RENT / OUT OF STOCK
BUY USED / $10.46
BUY NEW / $13.50

The Lifespan of a Fact

Feb 27, 2012

by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal

Paperback

$ 11 22 $17.95Prime
Get it by Thursday, Jan 5
More Buying Choices
FREE Shipping on eligible orders
Price + Shipping
Condition (Learn more)
Delivery
Seller Information
Buying Options

$4.20

+ $3.99 shipping

Used – Good
Good copy with moderate cover and page wear from being handled an… »Read more
  • Arrives between January 10-26.
  • Want it delivered Friday, January 13? ChooseExpedited Shipping at checkout.
  • Shipping rates and return policy.

owlsbooks

4.5 out of 5 stars94% positive over the past 12 months. (599,266 total ratings)

Add to cart

or

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.


$4.20

+ $3.99 shipping

Used – Very Good
Very Good used copy: Some light wear to cover, spine and page edg… »Read more
  • Arrives between January 10-26.
  • Want it delivered Friday, January 13? ChooseExpedited Shipping at checkout.
  • Shipping rates and return policy.

-usedbooks123-

4.5 out of 5 stars94% positive over the past 12 months. (347,693 total ratings)

Add to cart

or

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.




$4.76

+ $3.99 shipping

Used – Good
Fast Shipping! Ships within 1 business day. Arrives within 3-8 bu… »Read more
  • Arrives between January 9-12.
  • Want it delivered Tuesday, January 10? ChooseExpedited Shipping at checkout.
  • Shipping rates and return policy.

belltowerbooks

4.5 out of 5 stars93% positive over the past 12 months. (244,620 total ratings)

Add to cart

or

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.

showing the first two options for used & the first (lowest priced) used option with an earlier guaranteed shipping date…

http://www.bookfinder4u.com/IsbnSearch.aspx?isbn=1305081587&mode=direct&option=rental

Sort By
Total(Price+Shipping)
Price
Book Type
Store Name(A-Z)
Store Country
    Store Name Book Type Price Shipping [?] Total [?] Availability [?] Tax Store Rating  
usa
<Buy It Now>
Used
39.99
USD
0.01
4-14 days
Best Price
40.00
You save 79%
In Stock
usa
<Marketplace>
Used
37.99
USD
3.99
3-7 days
In Stock
usa
<Marketplace>
Used
39.72
USD
3.89
4-14 days
In Stock
usa

I just showed the first 3 items listed from the new & used category…

https://bookscouter.com/buy?isbn=9780393340730&searchbutton=BUY

SELLER
TYPE
CONDITION
PRICE
NET PRICE
Used
Used
$7.00
$1.14

BUY

$5.86
LikeNew
LikeNew
$8.29
$1.14

BUY

$7.15
LikeNew
LikeNew
$8.49
$1.14

BUY

$7.35
Used
Mint
$8.49
$1.14

BUY

$7.35
This one factors in the discount for re-selling the book in the net price…
Above is a link from last semester where Chegg.com allowed some digital access to a book purchased while waiting for the copy to arrive….or this may have been just a preview of the text electronically that could aid in someone in deciding between a paper & electronic version of a particular textbook (I believe this was the only site that offered such a preview)…
Rent:
$9.99

(Due date 06/02/2017)

Buy
from $14.49
can click on the links for greater details….

TextbookRush

Details

RENTAL$16.04$3.99 $20.03

This is the info from the cheapest rental option…

 

http://www.textbookrentals.com/prices/9780393340730-the-lifespan-of-a-fact

Best Price Summary

Share ResultsList Price$17.95Savings125+ Day Rental$10.6640%90 Day Rental$10.0044%60 Day Rental$10.0044%Buy New$13.7723%Buy Used$7.3858%Sell it for$5.49

 

http://www.directtextbook.com/isbn/9780393340730

Low Price Summary Price S & H Total
Abebooks Abebooks
used
$6.59 free
w/ DT cash back.
$6.59 Coupon w/ DT cash back
eBay eBay
used
$2.99 $3.99 $6.98 Warning
Knetbooks Knetbooks
rental
$10.34 free $10.34 Coupon
Book Depository Book Depository
new
$12.12 free $12.12

There is more info available by clicking on detail links…

 

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=9780393340730&sts=t

Stock Image

The Lifespan of a Fact

John D’Agata, Jim Fingal

Published by W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN 10: 0393340732 ISBN 13: 9780393340730

Used Paperback

Quantity Available: 1

From: Hippo Books (Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)

Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Add Book to Shopping Basket

Price: US$ 7.38

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Item Description: W. W. Norton & Company. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting.Bookseller Inventory # 2696379381

This is the top entry for the cheapest option…

https://www.cheapesttextbooks.com/IM/?keyval=9780393340730&submit=1

Store  Condition Coupons & Deals  Price Shipping  Total
Barnes & Noble.com
(Marketplace)
Used $4.17
as of 1 second ago
$3.99
Abebooks
(Marketplace)
Used

Details: Get $3 off a $80+ order
Restrictions: Must spend $80+
Coupon Code: A779T7CTB

$4.22
as of 1 second ago
$3.95
Amazon
(Marketplace)
Used $4.19
as of 1 second ago
$3.99
77% off

showing just the top three items, but it compares new, used, & buyback prices…

 

http://www.booksprice.com/comparePrice.do?l=y&searchType=compare&inputData=0393340732

Store Name Condition Availability Term Price Shipping Total Price Go to Store
ebay
Exclude / Preferred
Used Available $2.99 $3.99 $ 6.98 Go to
ebay
Abebooks
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] Available $7.38 Free $ 7.38 Go to
Abebooks
TextbookRush Marketplace
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] In Stock $4.58 $2.99 $ 7.57 Go to
TextbookRush Marketplace
Biblio
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] Available $4.22 $3.75 $ 7.97 Go to
Biblio
Barnes & Noble Marketplace
Exclude / Preferred
Used Usually ships within 24 hours $4.17 $3.99 $ 8.16 Go to
Barnes & Noble Marketplace
Amazon MarketPlace
Exclude / Preferred
Used 1-2 business days $4.19 $3.99 $ 8.18 Go to
Amazon MarketPlace
Alibris
Exclude / Preferred
Used [+] 2-3 days $4.20 $3.99 $ 8.19 Go to
Alibris

This site appears able to hold multiple items on internal tabs for lots of comparisons…

 

http://www.ecampus.com/lifespan-fact-00-dagatajohn/bk/9780393340730

    • TERM
      PRICE
      DUE
      Semester
      $10.77
      Jun 2
      Quarter
      $9.87
      Apr 3
      Short Term
      $8.98
      Mar 4

 

http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?keywords=9780393340730&new_used=&lang=en&st=sh&ac=qr&submit=

top 2 new books:

New books: 1 – 25 of 85

top 2 used books:

Used books: 1 – 25 of 109

 

https://www.textsurf.com/details/9780393340730

Buying Options
Amazon $4.50
Save $13.45!
AbeBooks $4.58
Save $13.37!
ValoreBooks $4.58
Save $13.37!
Booksrun N/A
Renting Options
Chegg $9.99
Save $7.96!
ValoreBooks N/A
Booksrun N/A
Selling Options
Sell on Chegg for $2.16
Sell on Booksrun for $0.25

Named a top 10 Best Book of 2012 by Slate.com

 

http://www.bookface.com/pages/show_book.php?isbn=9780393340730

Marketplace Condition Item Price Shipping Total Price Buy
Ebay.com Used $2.99 $3.99 $6.98 Buy
Abebooks.com Used $7.38 $0.00 $7.38 Buy
Biblio.com Used $4.58 $3.50 $8.08 Buy
Barnesandnoble.com Used $4.17 $3.99 $8.16 Buy
Abebooks.com Used $8.18 $0.00 $8.18 Buy

above are the top few used prices…& below would be the top purchase prices…

Marketplace Rental Price Shipping Total Price Rent
Knetbooks.com $10.00 $0.00 $10.00 Rent
Ecampus.com $8.98 $3.99 $12.97 Rent

 

https://www.retailmenot.com/coupons/books

This gives an overview of coupons that apply to book purchases…

 

http://www.dealoz.com/New-Used-Books/The-Lifespan-Of-A-Fact/9780393340730

Sort by

Price

Condition

Shipping

Coupons

Total

Store

10  Used
Marketplace

Free shipping

Standard: 5-14
AbeBooks.com
 
Featured
3  Used
Marketplace

+$2.99

Standard: 4-14
Used
Marketplace

+$3.49

Standard: 4-12
Used
Marketplace

+$3.99

Standard: 3-4
-$0.34 coupon
 
This shows the top 5 choices from sorting by the total price…
This is an example of the coupons that can be accessed from dealoz.com by clicking on the coupon link within the offerings…
top new listing:
Price Delivered by Seller Feedback Comments
$9.00 Add to cart Jan 12*From IA liontoe (770Feedback is 500 to 999) 100% New, unread condition.

top used listings:

Price Delivered by Seller Feedback Comments
$4.22 Add to cart Jan 12*From PA bellwetherbooks_usa (111085Feedback is 100,000 to 499,999) 100% LIKE NEW/UNREAD!!! Text is Clean and Unmarked! Has a small black line on
$4.30 Add to cart Jan 12*From NY usavebook (221Feedback is 100 to 499) 98%
$4.79 Add to cart Jan 12*From ML* alibris_movies (49934Feedback is 25,000 to 49,999) 93% Softcover 1 Fine 0393340732 LIKE NEW/UNREAD! ! ! Text is Clean and
$5.10 Add to cart Jan 12*From ML* alibris_books_05 (18240Feedback is 10,000 to 24,999) 86% Softcover Fine 0393340732 LIKE NEW! ! ! Has a small black line on edge of

 

http://www.affordabook.com/results/9780393340730

Retailer
Price
Shipping
Final Price
Buy/Rent
$4.50
$3.99
$8.49
(lowest price!)
$4.58
$3.95
$8.53
$9.99
$9.99
$9.78
$3.99
$13.77
$19.93
$19.93

 

http://www.chegg.com/textbooks/the-lifespan-of-a-fact-1st-edition-9780393340730-0393340732?trackid=51befe27&strackid=3fbf459a

Rent:
$9.99

(Due date 06/02/2017)

Buy
from $14.49
Total Price:$9.99

ADD TO CART

List price: $17.95
Savings: $7.96

 

https://www.valorebooks.com/textbooks/lifespan-of-a-fact/9780393340730

$4.58

$3.95 shipping

Used

Condition:
Very Good

  • Provider: BookCellar
  • Provider Rating:

    (1167) 92%

  • Ships From: Nashua, NH
  • Shipping: Standard, Expedited
  • Comments: May have highlighting or writing and wear to cover. May not include supplemental items like CDs or access codes. Over 1,000,000 satisfied customers since 1997! We ship daily M-F. Choose expedited shipping (if available) for much faster delivery. Delivery confirmation on all US orders.

$9.97

$3.95 shipping

Condition:
New
  • Provider: GreatBookPrices2
  • Provider Rating:

    (417) 63%

  • Ships From: Multiple Locations
  • Shipping: Standard
  • Comments: Please allow 4-14 business days for Media Mail delivery. Brand New, Perfect Condition, 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served

 

https://www.campusbookrentals.com/search.i?qsearch=9780393340730

RENT THIS BOOK NOW:

PRICE GUARANTEED FOR 45 MINUTES
Due May 15 $19.93
130 days (due May 13) $19.93
85 days (due Mar 29) $18.14
55 days (due Feb 27) $17.34
SELECT YOUR OWN DATE
...

BUY THIS BOOK USED:

$14.93

TOTAL PRICE: $19.93

 

https://www.bookrenter.com/the-lifespan-of-a-fact-d-agata-0393340732-9780393340730

RENT

$9.99
  • Due 6/2/2017
  • $9.99

List Price:

$17.95
Your Savings:$7.96
Total Price:$9.99
Add To Cart

 

 

http://www.textbookrush.com/browse/books/9780393340730

NewStarting from $15.50
Buy new: $15.50U.S. Edition

+ Add to cart

This item will ship on Wednesday, January 4.

$11.22  $17.95 | Save 37%

Format
NOOK Book – $10.99
Paperback – $11.22
Paperback – $11.22

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING

Get it by Friday, January 6 , Order now and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.

28 New & Used from $4.17

 

http://www.textbooks.com/Lifespan-of-a-Fact-12-Edition/9780393340730/John-DAgata.php?CSID=AU2WOMSZS2TQQATMKM2KTTSOB&TYP=SBJ&dHTxt=9780393340730&mHTxt=&CSID=AU2WOMSDO2OT3QQAMOOTOCSDB&PART=PRINT&TXT=9780393340730

below showing only the first 3 options:

Price

 

Condition Seller Comments
$7.00
$3.99 s/h
Used Textbooks.com
Columbia, MO
Ships Ground DIRECTLY from Textbooks.com for $3.99. Very Good Condition (Certified Used).Trackable expedited shipping options available.
$11.67
$3.99 s/h
Add to bag New Barnes & Noble.com
Various Shipping Locations, USA
Brand new, ships from the closest shipping location to your shipping address!
$4.17
$3.99 s/h
Add to bag VeryGood HippoBooks-DB
Toledo, OH
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!