Nov. 29, 2011
-- LA JOLLA, Calif. (November 30, 2011) – SwoopThat.com, a free service built by students for students that integrates textbook price comparison shopping with course schedules, announced today their free student-to-student textbook exchange, which provides a platform for students to buy and sell books with other students at their school.
When searching for textbooks on SwoopThat.com, student-exchange listings appear next to prices from online retailers for direct comparison in one place. Students can meet on their campuses to complete the transaction.
“With the first semester winding down, students will soon be looking for a place to sell back their expensive textbooks, in order to get money to pay for new books for second semester,” said CEO and recent graduate, Jonathan Simkin. “On average, students spend $900 per year on textbooks, and textbook prices have been rising at twice the rate of inflation over the last two decades…and we’re offering cheaper solutions for students.”
SwoopThat has also expanded their course-search technology to now support over 14.2 million students at over 2,500 universities, colleges, and private high schools nationwide. Other updates to the SwoopThat site include: its filters, allowing users to filter by seller rating, book condition and type, and seller name; a one-click checkout option, allowing users to purchase all textbooks simultaneously;
and integrated shopping carts, which allows SwoopThat to build shopping carts on the merchant’s (i.e. Amazon) Web site.
SwoopThat is a service built by students for students with one goal in mind: save current students both time and money when purchasing textbooks. SwoopThat’s goal is to cut long lines, outrageous prices, uncertainty over which books are required for courses, and wasted time shopping for a deal on the Internet; SwoopThat does all of the hard work for students, and shows them every option available for their books, including new, used, rental, and digital versions. The site’s proprietary algorithms help students identify the cheapest places to buy all their books collectively, rather than one at a time.
For more information, please visit: www.swoopthat.com.