Why is ordering my textbooks from an online retailer risky?

Why is ordering my textbooks from an online retailer risky?
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We generally advise against using online and other non-university affiliated sources for several reasons. First, your shipment could be delayed, which could cause you to fall behind as the semester begins. Second, you can’t be sure until your shipment arrives that the textbooks you’ve purchased online are the exact editions specified by your instructors. Finally, the “lower” price you might pay online doesn’t factor in the added costs of sales tax, shipping and handling, or the hassle of returning a book purchased online.