The Book that Broke the Camel’s Back
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 17:09
With all the terrifying troubles that plague our world, there is one word that rises above as it strikes fear into the hearts of countless students: textbooks.
I am sure that I was not the only student who felt I was selling my life and limb to obtain a collection of books I am not even sure will be worthwhile. With the cost of tuition on the steady rise each year, I find it appalling that the school store squeezes all the nickels and dimes out of us with their outrageous prices. (By nickels and dimes I mean Jeffersons and Franklins).
Now I understand the principle of supply and demand—the whole “invisible hand” principle that takes me back to high school E\economics. The bookstore has the supply, and we are demanding it in hopes of a good grade. I get that the school needs to make money but there has to be a line drawn somewhere.
So, being the frugal chap I am, I decided to shop around. In my search I discovered that there are many different outlets that offer books for a fraction of the cost that our school store does. One being Amazon, which offers shipping discounts to students. Another was the Discount Textbook store on 12th Avenue.
Underlying the ridiculous prices that sneak onto our student accounts is the meager price we get trying to sell back our books. I remember last year, out of the $400 I spent during one of my semesters, I received $7.75 in return. Part of me wanted to look around for cameras as I awaited someone to yell, “You’ve been punk’d!”
I honestly would have had more satisfaction lighting them on fire and roasting some marshmallows. All in all, it looks like the only option we have as students is to shop around for the best price. Your wallet will thank you later.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.