I avoided buying textbooks at all costs while in college. I knew I would only use them temporarily (if at all), and their high prices would have put a major cramp in my limited college budget.
I remember once discussing the issue with the dean of our business school. After bringing up my concerns, he asked me if I knew who the number one seller of textbooks on campus was.
I answered, “Amazon?”
He said, “No, the university is.”
While some students prefer to own their textbooks, there are other solutions. Check out Chegg.
Chegg allows you to rent textbooks and return them when you are done with free shipping. If I was going into college now, I would be using this.