SMCC student creates website to cut down textbook costs

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) -- It's familiar for any college student - a new semester means plunking down hundreds of dollars for the required books in their courses.

A lightbulb moment led one student at Southern Maine Community College, Saman Baghestani, to create a website with a database that connects students who have a book to sell directly with another student who needs to buy that same book.

Most students buy their books from a campus or private bookstore. When the course is over, they sell it back to a book buyer that contracts with the school for a fraction of what they paid and then the store turns around and sells it again as a used book. Baghestani says his way cuts out the middle man.

And in just two months time, with almost no marketing, he says they have 700 users on the SMCC campus and they have made over 2,000 matches saving students $25,000 dollars.

Baghestani is hoping he's about to get his big break in business. He has his eyes on the Boston market, a college mecca. He's about to bring advertising onto the website and start generating revenue to grow.


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