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Subject: Help! I need multiple copies of titles for my classroom.
Date Posted: 7/28/2010 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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Hello--OK, so we know schools have no money and teachers have even less. I am currently trying to create classroom sets of particular titles for minimal cost--I've been going to garage sales and thrift shops. If you have copies of the following titles, could we trade books or something? Any other ideas?

Freak the Mighty, I am the Cheese, Walk Two Moons, The Giver, Bud Not Buddy, Bull Run, Rules

Thanks for your help!

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 5:13 PM ET
Member Since: 10/18/2007
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I recently bought a class set of books on ebay and it ended up being about $2/book!  Just go to their site and type in "class set" and the title.  There were a lot on there; I think they had "Bud Not Buddy" when I was checking for the title I wanted.  I've also gotten class sets (well, guided reading sets) by ordering books from this site over and over again.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 7/29/2010 5:15 PM ET
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Also, check Scholastic's website to see when they have warehouse sales in your state.  The books there are usually at least half off of the cover price, so you can get sets of paperbacks for about $3 each.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:41 AM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2010
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I don't have any of those books, however I wanted to suggest checking your local public libraries (if they have community-donated sales, as mine do), Goodwill (ours has a HUGE selection of books and every other Saturday it's 50% off everything in the store), and your local freecycle chapter and/or craigslist (post your want ad there). You can also search for 'teacher lot' and/or 'guided reading' on ebay for multiple copies

Good luck!

Subject: great ideas
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 9:46 AM ET
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Thanks for the excellent ideas!

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 8:47 PM ET
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I would put a post in Book Bazaar saying that you're a teacher and asking for a deal (3 for 1 or better) on these books.  They're fairly common books and lots of members might have them on their shelves.  I got class sets of some books last year this way... 

You also might want to try Ecampus.com.  They sell books really cheaply and sell them for even less when you order in larger lots (you have to call and negotiate, though).  Don't order used books from them, though...they can be anywhere from brand new to pretty bad condition.  Their new books are great.  I got all of my novel units for a course (about 500 books) for under $1000 a few years ago (the school paid, thankfully).