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Almost $300 for one textbook. Right or wrong?
Posted 8/27/15 , edited 8/27/15
Let's say I have a friend *cough cough* who has a class and the textbook this friend has to buy is almost $300 plus tax. Let's say this friend's university is the only place to buy it physically, and even online it was well over $200.

This friend doesn't have only this one class either, they have four others that every textbook is worth at least $50-$150.



Is it right that college textbooks are so expensive? That this friend is spending roughly $1000 every 5 months to buy books he'll never use again. They rent, yes, but you still have to pay the price.

I say this is a problem.
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Posted 8/27/15 , edited 8/28/15
Wrong knowledge should be free.
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Posted 8/27/15 , edited 8/28/15
Pirate it like everyone else does. At least just get a stupid ebook version.



Textbooks are bullshit. They make new editions of a lot of math books just to move problem numbers around.

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Posted 8/27/15
You are not the only one. The costs seem to have risen faster than tuition prices have. I have a book that cost me about 200 when I bought it, and now the same edition sells for 300.
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Posted 8/27/15
What's even more annoying is if they change the books for the subjects every academical year so you have no chance to be able to sell the book back to other students.

They do have copies in the library but getting there before other students will be tricky and they only have a few plus the few put aside for reference only. If you're fortunate you'll have a library with 24 hour access. If not you're cursed.
Posted 8/27/15
Never bought a text book in my life. Lecture notes are enough
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Posted 8/27/15
Just below $300? Man.. I bought the book "Higher Mathematics for Engineers." It cost me $363.48 with tax! I have spent over $1100.00 this semester alone on books... and I need two more! Welcome to your senior year.
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Posted 8/27/15
Luckily the only $300 textbook I ever had to get lasted through 3 classes. However, I've had at least a dozen textbooks that were roughly $100 each. And towards the end my university started doing "university exclusive" textbooks, some of which weren't even bound. Even better are the courses that require you to get a subscription to the textbook's coursework in which you actually can't do any of the assignments without.
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Posted 8/27/15
Sounds like a racket to me.
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Posted 8/27/15
I thought they already charged you to go to university there.
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Posted 8/27/15

AiYumega wrote:

Let's say I have a friend *cough cough* who has a class and the textbook this friend has to buy is almost $300 plus tax. Let's say this friend's university is the only place to buy it physically, and even online it was well over $200.

This friend doesn't have only this one class either, they have four others that every textbook is worth at least $50-$150.



Is it right that college textbooks are so expensive? That this friend is spending roughly $1000 every 5 months to buy books he'll never use again. They rent, yes, but you still have to pay the price.

I say this is a problem.


Yeah it's pretty rubbish how expensive they make textbooks be for college students, but they got to leach off as much as they can sadly.
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Posted 8/27/15
Then how the researches are going to sustain the work of publishing not easy to find information then ah?
But then again 300 is worth 2 classes alone in one quarter of year in my collogue so its is overpriced.

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Posted 8/27/15
Three hundred dollars is pretty steep but I have your friend beat. I took Calculus I about six years ago and the college textbook for that was over six hundred dollars for new and about four hundred and fifty for used. I was eventually able to get it online through Amazon for a little over one hundred dollars (new).

The official term for it is "price gouging." Gotta pay all of those administrators' that track book sales salaries. Just wait until prices have to go up again to pay the people that are responsible for tracking the the book sales trackers books.
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Posted 8/27/15
It's fine for a new textbook, the problem is releasing a new edition every year with nothing new
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Yeah its ridiculous...As if college wasn't expensive enough.
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