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Almost $300 for one textbook. Right or wrong?
Posted 8/27/15
I want to move to Europe because of free college :/

I refused to buy a new book so I got old editions from ebay because they were very cheap but the professors didn't like it when I didn't have the edition they asked for. I still refused to spend more than $100 on a book so I asked some classmates to let me borrow their books, I went to a library and made photocopies of the books which it's so much cheaper than buying it.
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Posted 8/27/15
Wasn't there a bill that featured free community college that was purposed in the past?
Apparently it got veto'd and thanks to that, I am now experiencing the full debts of what college is really like.
first year of college here
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Posted 8/27/15
If I absolutely have to buy the book, I get the earlier editions. (Also try for the international editions) But if the professor posts the PowerPoint presentations and I take good notes, I'll forgo the book. If I have assignments from the book, usually the library has a copy that I can look at.
Textbooks are way too expensive.
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Posted 8/27/15

PruBenAzul wrote:

If I absolutely have to buy the book, I get the earlier editions. (Also try for the international editions) But if the professor posts the PowerPoint presentations and I take good notes, I'll forgo the book. If I have assignments from the book, usually the library has a copy that I can look at.
Textbooks are way too expensive.


^ This. I also use bookfi to get some books. As a graduate student, the greater majority of the "required texts" are upwards of $250, astronomical considering the added expenses of tuition, transportation, living, and the cut of viable working hours as a result of a demanding unpaid internship.
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Posted 8/27/15
its just the way this world is,
gas company's buy patents on may cheaper fuel alternatives and lock them away so no one ever knows.
doctors will recommend the more costly/well know drugs over cheaper(usually more natural) drugs too patients just because there paid by big names to do so
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Posted 8/27/15
Don't they have textbooks for rent now? Pretty sure at least. The rising costs are all the more reason to do well in school before you go to college. Earn a scholarship and you won't have nearly as many problems.
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Posted 8/27/15

Vertamitlu wrote:


PruBenAzul wrote:

If I absolutely have to buy the book, I get the earlier editions. (Also try for the international editions) But if the professor posts the PowerPoint presentations and I take good notes, I'll forgo the book. If I have assignments from the book, usually the library has a copy that I can look at.
Textbooks are way too expensive.


^ This. I also use bookfi to get some books. As a graduate student, the greater majority of the "required texts" are upwards of $250, astronomical considering the added expenses of tuition, transportation, living, and the cut of viable working hours as a result of a demanding unpaid internship.


YEP. EXACTLY.
I had a professor the other day ask me why I got the 13th edition instead of the 14th. I shut him down by letting him know that I work two jobs and I work at an unpaid I internship just so I can graduate this semester. Seeing that I just had to spend $700 on my car and pay tuition for a private college, and feed myself as an afterthought....a $50 book was more appealing than a $200 book that changed a couple of pictures around that probably had nothing to do with the information provided by the authors of that textbook.
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Of course it's wrong. The whole system is wrong. It's indentured slavery for completely impersonal and typically ineffectual education. On top of that, many schools will accept people who have little chance of succeeding at their majors just to take their money.

Oh, and for my lovely brothers and sisters from the grand ol' US of A, the affordable health care act is causing health insurance rates in my state to go up 20+%.

It's understandable to be angry.
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Posted 8/27/15
The two books I bought for my last semester came to 500 dollars, you tell me lol. Nursing classes are the worst I have seen, the amount of books they require and the price make me shudder.
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Posted 8/27/15

chosenmarksman wrote:


blind_fate wrote:


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



Nice and glad to hear it. I didn't have any issues with the Cisco stuff (cost of books / materials) myself and they also provided some pretty decent free learning stuff as well. Made getting the CCNA a breeze. I am an Information Security major (Information Assurance minor) and oddly enough... it's just electives that I have left to take that are robbing me blind lol.
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Posted 8/27/15

SanjiToYoite wrote:

Of course it's wrong. The whole system is wrong. It's indentured slavery for completely impersonal and typically ineffectual education. On top of that, many schools will accept people who have little chance of succeeding at their majors just to take their money.

Oh, and for my lovely brothers and sisters from the grand ol' US of A, the affordable health care act is causing health insurance rates in my state to go up 20+%.

It's understandable to be angry.


I was literally kicked off from my healthcare. And now I can't afford to have healthcare because obamacare makes it so that I can't afford it. Whooooo. But guess what? If I were to get knocked up by some random guy, I'd be able to afford it.
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Posted 8/27/15

PruBenAzul wrote:


Vertamitlu wrote:


PruBenAzul wrote:

If I absolutely have to buy the book, I get the earlier editions. (Also try for the international editions) But if the professor posts the PowerPoint presentations and I take good notes, I'll forgo the book. If I have assignments from the book, usually the library has a copy that I can look at.
Textbooks are way too expensive.


^ This. I also use bookfi to get some books. As a graduate student, the greater majority of the "required texts" are upwards of $250, astronomical considering the added expenses of tuition, transportation, living, and the cut of viable working hours as a result of a demanding unpaid internship.


YEP. EXACTLY.
I had a professor the other day ask me why I got the 13th edition instead of the 14th. I shut him down by letting him know that I work two jobs and I work at an unpaid I internship just so I can graduate this semester. Seeing that I just had to spend $700 on my car and pay tuition for a private college, and feed myself as an afterthought....a $50 book was more appealing than a $200 book that changed a couple of pictures around that probably had nothing to do with the information provided by the authors of that textbook.



"Hey professor, your elitism is showing. So sorry I haven't risen out of the shackles of proletarianism to join you on your high horse."
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Posted 8/27/15 , edited 8/30/15

Vertamitlu wrote:

"Hey professor, your elitism is showing. So sorry I haven't risen out of the shackles of proletarianism to join you on your high horse."


XD it's even better when they're one of the authors.
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Posted 8/27/15 , edited 8/30/15

PruBenAzul wrote:

XD it's even better when they're one of the authors.



HA. No doubt.
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First off I owe you a huge thank you. When I saw your post I was gonna mention how my ebook was still pricey..........I just now realized the Blackboard Book Store (my School library closed and now use this online book store) sent me the wrong book. They sent me the optional one which is $356.50 and it's the ebook. Great now I'm gonna have to fix that tomorrow and get the right book. At least they charged me for the one I am required to have. Though that one is $185 (not sure if ebook). The only good thing is that my financial aid does help me pay for my books, by giving me credit.

Well gonna have to get my book issue sorted out and I will not be a happy camper if I end up having to pay the $356 for the ebook when they screwed up.


Oh and I don't even think textbooks are being used anymore or as much. For my World History Class they sent me it in a "put in a binder" textbook. Guess they really don't want to help me out. That book....or well papers was $125.



Edit: Never mind I misread, though the online book store set it up as two separate books. Thanks Blackboard for the confusion. The $356 is for the hardcover and the $181 is for the E-book. Still if you ask me that's a lot for an E-Book. Also the "binder book" I still find to be pricey, I hope I can sell it back.
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