Colllege Folks: Textbook Bullshit!

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  1. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    So, as usual I'm a little behind the curve getting my books, and went to the school bookstore and spent ~$400 for 5 books, one was $151, one was $85, and then $50, $50, and $30.

    On NPR the other day, I heard about Chegg.com, where you rent text books. Well my $150 Spanish book was only ~$60, so I ordered it and will return the one to the bookstore on the last day they accept returns. They also have a 30-return policy, and I might end up dropping the class depending on scheduling, so I might be able to have the book for the time I'm actually in the class, and then get a full refund on it if I drop the class, instead of having to spend $150 at the bookstore and not being able to return it once I know for sure about the class.

    For the $85 book, I found it used on Amazon for $6!

    Also, I just called Chegg about a question on my order, and with no waiting on hold, talked to a very helpful person, and was satisfied and off the phone in 3 minutes.

    Clif Notes: Check out Chegg.com, its sweet. Down with the bookstore!
  2. czechrboard tassia

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    you might consider looking for your books at your school or local library. i did this for all my gen eds since i knew i was never going to want to re-read a sociology or history book again.
  3. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

    Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb! Not Just Handsome

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    My professor over the summer (I have him this semester also, he's great) assigned us an economics book that was about 2 years old. It's basically all of the same information we'd get from a brand new book except w/o the thieving price. I got the book for about $2 on amazon. The shipping, which was $4, was twice the price of the book. This semester, he just posted the required readings online from old books he has.

    In my other classes, I spent $300+ on two books. Two book's that I'm sure I'm not really going to use the whole semester apart from one or two assignments. I don't understand why teachers don't just assign us a slightly older edition so we can save some money. I definitely need to get into the text book business when I get older. I'll be banking.
  4. ivanolo

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    Yeah, I spent $300 for a couple of books once. Then I realized I could get the old editions for almost nothing on Amazon, and I started doing that. I usually notify my instructors, and so far I haven't had any major problems.

    Speaking of BS, Roger LeRoy Miller and his textbook, Economics Today: The Micro View, are full of it. He doesn't cite the sources for his ramblings anywhere. If you're gonna try to make a point, at least back up your claims with a set of verifiable data.
  5. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    College text books are a complete scam, am I right? I mean, seriously. What fucking book is worth $150? They sell a shit load too, quantities of scale, etc. It's exploitation of students, plain and simple.
  6. demonizeZ

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    The books you guys get assigned in your collages. Do they have digital versions of the books? So you can just download the thing, and put it on e-readers or laptops. Be soo much easier every thing in one system.
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    bookrenter.com is also good.

    if you google coupon codes for them you can save close to 10% which can help cover shipping.
  8. braaains

    braaains gubble gubble

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    They're subtlety raping you too, don't worry :p Grants could be lowered by a lot if books didn't often cost about as much as tuition for the semester.

    I get most my books from half.com when I can. Or just use reserve copies in the library. But some classes you just have to have a current edition book in class :-\
  9. namelessentity

    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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    My old co-worker used to cut off the spines, scan the entire book to PDF, rebind the book with a coil bind and then sell the book used the next day. It made his books considerably cheaper, and all he had to do was carry his laptop to all his classes. This is obviously not of any use to anyone who doesn't work in a print shop, but it was still a cool idea.
  10. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    ive been getting away with not buying books in a lot of my classes, or buying an older edition. you're pretty screwed if they assign HW out of it. that was what sucked about EE the most - you had to buy every fucking book, and they were never available in pdf/whatever, or cheaply used. i usually was spending $800+ per semester. GAYAUGH
  11. 86mcss

    86mcss Devouring your Soul

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    amazon.com ftw

    One year I had 600 bux in books and returned them all because I found them used in perfect condition on amazon and paid a total of about 150 for them all shipped even!
  12. tweakmonkey

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    For most classes I used to buy the previous editions of books, etc. It'd work 96.3% of the time and I'd pay like $5 for a text book instead of $110.
  13. ninefivezero

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    They way the scam works, is the publisher keeps updating the book, usually with very minor changes, then won't sell the old books to the book store, from what I understand. That way the professor has to pick the new, expensive edition.

    Some times you can just use an old edition, and other times the book store will actually sell the older edition, but at the bookstore it is still a ripoff compared to online.

    And I don't think many, if any of the special text books would be in digital format, too easy for students to pirate, and that would really cut down on the text book profits!
  14. demonizeZ

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    That is what i think kids should do. With hand held scanners, you can just scan pages without hurting book. Make pdf of what ever, use OCR, so you can make completely editable book. Perfect to making side notes and ever thing. Share among the students, who pool the money to get the books.

    Return the book the next day in perfect condition and get full money back...
  15. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Damn it! I had never thought of that... :eek:
  16. Coleman

    Coleman fresh off the corner

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    I can only imagine how much money I've spent on books in the past 5 years in school. I have 2 bookshelves dedicated to just my college books. Most of them are really cool sounding and make me look really smart, though.
  17. tex

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    at all the schools down here, they have no problem assigning the previous version. They usually dont assign the new one until after 2-3 years at the soonest. you are just expected to find a used copy. I guess that is one thing to be thankful for
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    pdf textbooks!
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    I hear that. I spent $300 on just one class and that only bought me a 1/3 of the books!

    Bastards.
  20. mistawiskas

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    Geeze, medicine isn't the only scam around now the education ? That'll end up around a grand for one classes books?
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    I'm doing my Master's in politics in one of Canada's leading departments. I'm taking two MA courses and one PHD level course, as well as TAing. For my foreign policy course my prof put 90% of the material as scanned pdfs on WebCT, so that course cost me nothing. For the other MA course I spent maybe $175. For the PhD IR seminar, there are about nine books that you are required to buy. This excludes all of the journals you will be reading and books that you will need to take out of the library. I only bought those books because someday I might need them if I decide to do my Phd. For the course I'm TAing the department pays for all of my books.

    Silver lining is that the gov't saw I was a poor student and sent me a check for $150 just for text books.