get money for your textbooks

on the long list of small details skam pays attention to 

isak’s textbook is used!!! it’s the end of the semester so it’s not going to look brand new!! and it’s a small detail but when you see students in movies and shows they often carry these books that look like they just bought them, like no matter what time of the school year it is? and this is the type of little things you’re not necessarily meant to pay that much attention to, it doesn’t just stand out on its own but it’s a combination of all these little things that just makes the characters that much more relatable 

This is funny, it shouldn’t be but it is. Happy Friday everyone! 

anonymous asked:

When is the best time to start ordering textbooks, considering shopping period and everything else? Any tips on how to cut costs? Thanks!

Unfortunately, by the end of every semester you will almost certainly feel like you spent too much money on books. That said, here are some tip$$$

  • Rent, never buy textbooks. You will never, ever read them again nor will you make your money back by selling them. 
  • Get used textbooks because, as I said above, it’s not like you’re keeping them or anything.
  • The libraries do have a copy of all textbooks that you can rent for a day. This does not guarantee that a copy will be available when you need it, though. 
  • DO NOT order textbooks until you are sure you are taking a class aka during shopping period. It may cause a hassle and long lines, but it’s better than having to deal with making a return. 
  • Look online to see if you can get something cheaper online than from the Brown Bookstore (you probably can). Keep in mind, though, that the mail line during shopping period is actually ridiculous.
  • Also, see if you can torrent your textbooks before you get to Brown - torrenting on campus will get you kicked off the university internet, but using torrented files is…only illegal if you get caught. Honestly, the entire educational system is designed to create a second class of citizens who are unable to access their right to education as a result of a lack of capital, so like, is it really morally wrong? Assuming the class is larger than 30 people, the professor probably won’t care and even if it’s a small class, most profs will allow you to use online editions if you ask. The only time they won’t is if they actually wrote the textbooks - since that means they’re profiting off sales. Here’s a Tumblr post by Obsessionfull about getting textbooks online: CLICK HERE.
  • Choose carefully which non-textbooks you choose to buy because if you later decide that you want to sell them the Brown Bookstore will give you basically quarters for them. 
  • A recently graduated senior has told me that she never bought textbooks because they were a waste of time and money. She graduated just fine. Take that at your own discretion. 

Sorry, I know this sounds like it sucks mainly because it does. Welcome to the college struggle bus!

benefficent  asked:

Hello, Frogman and friends. What tips or recommendations do you have for photographers thinking about selling their photos?

Kaitlin here:

The most important thing when it comes to selling your photos is picking an avenue. You don’t have to pick just one, certainly, but having direction will make it easier.

  1. Art Prints: This would be straight-up selling your photos for people to buy to decorate with. You can do this:
    Online: Join a site like 500px or Redbubble and upload your pictures to be sold. You have an online catalog that you can link to people or people can browse and buy from. The upside is you can link people to something when they say “do you sell prints?”; the downside is that if you’re trying to sell a lot of prints, you’re at the mercy of your own online promotion and people searching/finding your work.
    Offline: Getting a table/booth a farmer’s market or an art fair is a good way to have more eyes on your work immediately, make a personal connection, etc. The downside is that you have to have work already with you and mounted, increasing your overhead. Not all fairs charge for space, but many do, so that’s another thing to contend with. The option is more hands-on than the first, and has a greater chance of success—but it’s also a bigger risk financially.
    Dealing directly with clients: Finding interior designers, offices, schools, etc, is a great way to sell prints. My masseuse recently redecorated the entire suite they work out of and bought massive prints from me. I have other friends who are interior designers that when staging houses will buy prints of mine to put up. If you don’t know people (but really, any small business owner is a potential client), then Craigslist is FULL of people trying to find photographers to supply work and do deals. This also takes more legwork but you can really make your sales count.

  2. Stock Photography: This would involve joining a stock photo site and selling your work through there.
    Pros: Your work has a good chance of selling. Especially if you’re capitalizing on an area of photography that’s less filled-out, you have the potential to make a lot of money. I’ve known photographers who supplemented a major part of their income simply by selling stock photos.
    Cons: it does take the artistry out of it, so if you’re trying to make a name as an artist, this does run contrary to that. Also, some stock photo sites can be a bitch to join; you’ll submit your test photos, 7 out of the required 8 will get approved and you have to reapply; you’ll submit the 7 approved photos but a different person will not approve them… etc. It can be a pain, so really look into which stock photo site is for you.

  3. Licensing: Similar to stock photography, but kind of a happy medium between 1 and 2. It’s possible to remain more ‘artistic’ while licensing photos, which basically means “you can publish this and I get money.” Basically, you could be this guy, but for way less money, because the glory days of Windows XP are over.
    How? There are services you can sign up with. 500px Prime recently started a great licensing program. Anything you upload, as long as it’s within legal parameters, can be licensed. You make 70% of the royalties. It’s still in its infancy but I really like knowing that when I upload a photo, I have the chance to enable it. Anybody from advertisers to newspapers to textbooks could license your photo. You get money, and typically, you’ll get an artist credit.
    • You can contract with other artists. Finding local bands is a great way to license photos, because they like having them for posters, album art, etc. Also look at Craigslist to find people who are looking to license photos. Obviously make sure the terms are favorable, etc. But it’s a nice way to find that happy medium. I’ve licensed art before to friends who are in bands or who do podcasts and I always get credited, which drives customers back to me.

And most of all, just really promote yourself. I sell the most prints by meeting new people, saying I’m a photographer, showing them my website and them being like “Damn, this is great, do you sell prints? I need to decorate my office.” My business cards have different photographs I’ve taken on them and I make it interactive when I hand them out; if somebody mentions they like a place, I’ll find one of my cards that most matches it. Then they feel special, have some of my art in their wallet, and those people typically come and buy prints of that card later on.

Best of luck!

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