May 10, 2006 08:00 ET Reports 24% Growth in 1Q06 Referred Sales to $2.2M as Students Seek Relief From Tuition Increases

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 --, one of the top three college-oriented price comparison sites on the Internet, had a record first quarter with referred sales reaching $2.2 million, a 24% increase over 2005. More than 350,000 students shopped BIGWORDS before buying online to get the best prices on textbooks, music, DVDs and games.

With college tuitions rising 5-10% annually, students and their parents are finding relief in comparing prices and buying textbooks online. BIGWORDS also reported a 14% increase in unique visitors and a sales conversion rate of 26%, sending 90,000 students to its affiliated online e-tailers, including Amazon,, Abebooks, Barnes & Noble, eBay, TextbookX, and many others. This resulted in a 27% increase in revenue to the company.

"BIGWORDS customers are highly focused when they come to the site," said BIGWORDS CEO Jeff Sherwood. "They know what they want and are looking for value. More than 75% are repeat buyers, testimony to the high degree of loyalty our service engenders. We have diligently pursued technology and interface design which provides the lowest prices in a very accessible way."

Students can shop the major online textbook, music, DVD and game vendors at which features the Uber-BOT™, a powerful pricing engine, that can find the best total value including prices, promotions and delivery terms for one or all of the items that a student requires. This unique service delivers average savings of $71 on orders of two or more items, and 1/3 of customers save over $100.

About BIGWORDS is a brand of BIGGER WORDS, Inc., headquartered in Annapolis, MD. Launched in 1998, BIGWORDS was the first online textbook retailer to recognize that campus book stores needed competition, and that college students deserved a break. BIGGER WORDS acquired the site in 2001, when the Uber-BOT was created to protect the universe from high textbook prices.

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