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Almost $300 for one textbook. Right or wrong?
Posted 8/27/15
Yeah no. Tell your friend to buy a digital one.
Posted 8/27/15
That is outrageous. Knowledge sure is expensive...
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Posted 8/27/15
Textbooks are free for us.
Posted 8/27/15
It's ridiculous. Some of my Psychology textbooks have cost well over $200. I try my best to find everything through Amazon and that drastically lowers the cost, but sometimes I still have to fork up a certain amount of money because the required text book is not available online anywhere.

It's seriously not fair considering it's mostly already broke college students having to buy these things.
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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.


No. It's a complete scam and ripoff. Many books now you can't even buy used because they come with a 1 time use serial code that you use for the 'online resources' and tests that come with the book.

I can only assume that this (and increases in tuition) are a result of the lax guidelines and shoveling out of student loans. Because you know, more people going to school means more jobs.

My last 3 classes are costing around $750 - $800 in books out of pocket.
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Posted 8/27/15

Mrcreepday wrote:

Textbooks are free for us.


Which University do you go to?
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Posted 8/27/15

User256 wrote:


Mrcreepday wrote:

Textbooks are free for us.


Which University do you go to?


alot of European countries offer college education and books for free. america on the other hand charges for everything so the rich can get richer
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Posted 8/27/15
I do go buy certain engineering books to study at home with, and not have classes for. Hmm my calculus book from 22 years ago was about $80 and was good for calc 1,2,3 and had a bit of diff E q in the last chapter.

You get professors that teach a course that wrote the book your required to take for that course. They tend to be more expensive.
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Posted 8/27/15

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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.


No. It's a complete scam and ripoff. Many books now you can't even buy used because they come with a 1 time use serial code that you use for the 'online resources' and tests that come with the book.

I can only assume that this (and increases in tuition) are a result of the lax guidelines and shoveling out of student loans. Because you know, more people going to school means more jobs.

My last 3 classes are costing around $750 - $800 in books out of pocket.


that sucks most of my classes provide all the information for the course for free with the books optional. the books i had to get this semester cost me 70 bucks for 2 on amazon. my field is cis network administration. most of my classes are all cisco and they're the ones that provide the information. my non cisco classes books are all out of pocket

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Posted 8/27/15
It's a rip off. They only change a few things around so that you're forced to buy the newest edition. I remember my algebra class was like that. I already had a text book for that class from when my sister went there. I had to buy the newer version just because the last few pages were different. Pretty much all the problems and exercises were the same. That book cost me almost $200. That was a used book, too. The brand new ones were almost twice that price.

It's nothing but a scam so that colleges can keep getting even more money after they've already charged you with an overpriced tuition.

By any chance, is this "friend" actually you?
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Posted 8/27/15
I once had to pay $600 for a textbook while in college. Part the way through my tenure Barnes and Noble bought our campus bookstore.

It's a giant rip-off. If you can buy them use from ebay/amazon or rent them.
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Posted 8/27/15
wrong ofc

thankfully unless you're in a niche major, you can find most things online... either for super cheap or free
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Posted 8/27/15
Wrong. Make it all downloadable for a fraction of the cost.

Of course, the publishers want the money so that's not going to happen.

Student loans already have ridiculous interest rates, tuition is sky high, dorms are more expensive than other living arrangements, etc.
Posted 8/27/15
I don't believe textbooks are necessary for good grades. The lectures are suppose to give sufficient information to cover exams etc.

Scone hand or borrow from library.
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Posted 8/27/15

chosenmarksman wrote:


User256 wrote:


Mrcreepday wrote:

Textbooks are free for us.


Which University do you go to?


alot of European countries offer college education and books for free. america on the other hand charges for everything so the rich can get richer


I get all that. It even says on their profile that their from Norway. I'm pretty sure education is free in that country.

The real reason why I wanted to ask him was because I might consider moving to Norway in the future and I want to know if that would be a good University to attend. Small chance, but its always good to be prepared for anything you now?

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