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Almost $300 for one textbook. Right or wrong?
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Posted 8/27/15
Last year, I didn't have to pay much because I was in a program that helped me get textbooks (wasted less than $100). This semester I'm on my own and I'll go for either buying used, renting, or PDF's.
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PrinceJudar wrote:

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.



Dude, you are still like my favorite person to see post. Your gifs are so winning.
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Yep its completely true. Though at a four year generally textbooks are cheaper. I spent about $300 a semester on books. In community college my shitty paperback book for health sciences(which was a combo of chem, microbio, and a&p for nursng) was $300 because it was "parts" of textsbooks combined into one and because the teachers made it. I always spent about $1000 on college textbooks from community college and could never sell them back
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That sounds like too much to me unless maybe it's a really big book for a really unpopular/uncommon subject.

I don't think I've spent more than 500$ on books in a single semester, but my major is fairly mainstream and I always have at least one class that doesn't require a text book.
Posted 8/27/15

megahobbit wrote:

Wrong knowledge should be free.

Exactly
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The book prices are outrageous these days.
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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.


College textbooks are probably the greatest scam I've ever known. Especially the professors or textbook companies who put out new books every year just so you have to buy them new...the worst part is that all they have to do is reorder the information a little bit and add in a few things and voila, they make thousands while poor college student cry.

There should be a law against this...
Posted 8/27/15
A stack of papers stuck together shouldnt cost that much sorry
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I paid $230 for my Calculus textbook the day before yesterday.
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PrinceJudar wrote:

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



I agree with this bs. Some profs are nice and let you use old eds, but the page numbers aren't the same, so it screws you over. But yeah they pump out a new edition, killing trees and wildlife just to make $$$$$$$$$ for no addition of knowledge or usefulness.
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Morally reprehensible, yes. Illegal, no. Can't fault them for trying to make money off the suckers students if the students are willing pay. If the class is wise, they can all pitch in, buy one book together and make copies of the pertinent pages for everyone who pitched in.
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If you cannot resell at a good price, try renting.
Renting textbooks isn't too bad at all. I'm renting my Psychology textbook for $16.

Also, only buy new if that is the only option.

Some professors know the hardships of buying textbooks and don't require textbooks (library copies, scans).

I think my costs were only $255 (subject to rise depending what else I need for Organic Chemistry) for everything I needed.

Also, ask around for PDF copies of textbook. I saved major money last year because I got a PDF copy of my Biology textbook.
Posted 8/27/15
Get an Arab friend and you're sorted.
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Use the library, get an old edition or
split the cost of one between friends, get the serial number from the cover and download a legal copy for everyone.
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