Rip-off 101 : How The Current Practices Of The Textbook Industry Drive Up The Cost Of College Textbooks
Too true… And what about the jerks who publish their own text-
books on campus with a flimsy spiral binding that get “upgraded”
every quarter and that the bookstore won’t buy back?!! Buncha crap.
Half.com – where I bought used textbooks for 50% off the bookstore price, and sold them back the next quarter for about 90% of what bought them for. I just wish I had known about it previous to my junior year.
Yeah, I love half.com (although in the last few years it’s kind of gotten overrun by businesses and most things aren’t even close to half of the list price), but I haven’t wanted to use it because for a lot of classes I never know if I’ll need the book until the class starts, and by then I can’t wait two weeks for shipping. But, I think I may start (well, with the one semester I have left) just buying the books I think I’ll need, and then if I have to sell one then I’ll still end up paying less than I would at UD’s bookstore.
Yeah, I was always without books the first two weeks of the semester – but that’s why you’ve got to be good at making friends, at least until your books arrive :)
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