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Almost $300 for one textbook. Right or wrong?
Posted 8/27/15

sonic720 wrote:

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.


Exactimo.
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Posted 8/27/15
Gotta spend 300 dollars for that one paragraph on page 73.
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Posted 8/27/15
The price for textbooks are most definitely too much. Some of the textbook I need cost almost as much as the class, and some classes require multiple textbooks.
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Posted 8/28/15
College kids know the struggle, but yes this is a problem, it's ridiculous.
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Posted 8/28/15
I've been lucky this semester I was able to rent the textbooks I need for under $150.
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Posted 8/28/15
This is totally the cost of university textbooks right now. And we wonder why the "student loan problem" exists. This is a small part of the reason why our average student loan debt in the US is around $60k. Eff our higher education system.

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Posted 8/28/15

haikinka wrote:

Never bought a text book in my life. Lecture notes are enough


Right, except for when it is a university-custom textbook, and with homework due from it. I also have three courses where I have to register for online labs, the code for which comes from the book. Therefore no resale either.
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Posted 8/28/15

sonic720 wrote:

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.


Sup Sanic.

Back in the day, I got the bulk of my stuff by taking pictures of the book with a point and shoot camera. That was fun. Now the peeps have high pixel cameras with their phones. Time consuming, yes. Infringes in the copyright, absolutely. But, it's a workaround. It's an US system problem I guess. Though, what really grinds me is when the professors makes it a "mandatory" thing and doesn't use it very scarcely; for one, it's his/her book, and two, it's his/her book.

Though, I sometimes end up buying the book if I really like it. It's something. "LAWL"
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Posted 8/28/15
That money could be better used towards something other than a textbook.
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Posted 8/28/15
As far as pricing of books goes I consider it one of those things that you should of known about before you entered college. One does not typically buy a car if they can't afford the car insurance.

Long ago I had an English class that required a specific book and it had a test on it every class. I managed to pass every test and never bought the book. As long as you know the system and how to work it correctly it's enough enough to make it through all college classes. I also did the same thing with Chemistry and some of my computer sciences classes. Granted I was already working in that field at the time so I those particular books were not needed.
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Posted 8/28/15
Just download a ebook version
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Posted 8/28/15
For textbooks, you can ask your university's library to reserve a copy at the request of your professor.

I know my school has that option.
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Posted 8/28/15
HA HA HA!!!! I don't miss those days. Getting my BBA books was actually more expense than my MBA. I know some classes at the University of Texas allows for digital copies to rent for a semester. My buddies little brother is going there.
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Posted 8/28/15 , edited 8/30/15

User256 wrote:

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?



Yeah, I haven't gone to any University. But I'm pretty sure there are good Universities in Oslo.
(I don't need to go to a University to get a good paying job)
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Posted 8/28/15 , edited 8/28/15
If your friend is unhappy with the university system, he is under no obligation to attend. If he is unhappy with the capitalist system, he should vote Bernie Sanders.

But seriously though, as someone that paid his way through school working two jobs while living in a tent in a forest outside city limits, I see no problem here. If you don't want to pay it, don't. In hindsight, actually, that's what I'd recommend. Buy the earlier editions on the cheap and study yourself. The extra knowledge of professors can be helpful, but it's not worth, in my opinion, thousands of dollars. People talk about 'education' as though it's something that comes from schooling, but truth is, education can only come from you. Schooling is not for getting education -- it's for getting ceritification. If you want to learn, go to the fucking library. If you want to make $100,000/year, then understand that it's going to take an investment. That $300 book, apart from often being the culmination of years of research, is not just the price of the knowledge in it -- It's the price you pay for getting a professor to tell others "yeah, he's educated -- I checked."

If you want the certification for a job, then you're going to need to pay in -- and don't complain that they're being greedy when you're going to school for the same motive. On the other hand, if you're going to school for an education rather your greed, I suggest you say something along the lines of "fuck it" and quit. Buy your own books and study yourself.
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