There are few rackets more notorious than the legendary college bookstore. You have to buy them for an astounding amount of money, but when it comes time to sell them back, you get maybe ten percent of that. From huge tomes on computer sciences that cost a hundred and fifty dollars, to an armload of Shakespeare texts that will put a life-long bend in your spine, nobody comes away from the bookstore without some pain.
This person found a way to keep costs low – and, according to him, it’s not like anybody else was interested in the books. Sure, he had to pay some library fees, and that probably earned him the ire of the librarians, but while you’re in college you’re trying to find any way you can to save money, and this way definitely counts.
Getting a Free Pizza
Sucks to be those people, because they’re missing out on getting a free pizza. The person that was answering the phones, however, knew that he could make out like a pizza bandit, just by putting in his own number when those people didn’t want “the man” to have their number.
Yes, it seems kind of silly not to give the pizza place your number when they’re probably going to have your address, but they can do what they want – they just have to understand that they won’t be earning any free pizzas any time soon. Most places these days cost at least ten bucks for a large pizza, which means it wouldn’t take too long to earn yourself some free pies doing this.
It’s Time to Listen
Yes, this is a clever way to get out of buying CDs at full price, but it seems to be less of a loophole and more of stealing from this company. Still, it fits into the loophole area enough, and here we are. Even now, when you can listen to any music you want online on a variety of different platforms, physical CDs seem pretty cool.
They can’t be removed by the hand of a worker at Spotify or wherever. A bunch of CDs for a single cent sounds like a great deal, even if you’re just getting some mid-range music, that can still be worth it. Maybe there are some hidden gems on those discs. There might also be some really good picks, and all just for saying that you live in Africa.
Free Movies from Bezos
Amazon does a lot of things to try and keep you roped into the worldwide service. If you’re part of Amazon Prime, then you get even more – like this small offer for buying a bunch of things and choosing slower shipping times. You can get movie rentals, songs, or Kindle purchases, but one person found out that you maintain those bonuses even after you cancel the original purchases.
That way, you can sit at home and watch your free movie without having to do anything even so strenuous as getting up off the couch and going to the library. You know, the place where you can literally get a hundred movies for free for a week? Without having to pretend to order stuff?
Keeping Clothes Clean
Laundry is a surprisingly expensive thing to have to deal with while you’re living in an area that requires paid services. Tossing five bucks into the machines every other week becomes expensive fast, so why not game the system? Sure, this tactic is a little underhanded, since those companies run off of the money you give them, but they’re still offering a five-dollar credit to new email addresses, so sure, save some cash.
If you’re smart about how much laundry you do, you might be able to get through five dollars in a couple of weeks, but it also might only be enough for a single week’s worth of clothes. Of course, how much work is it making new email addresses every week? Not a whole lot, but is it worth the trouble?