Yesterday, I had a bit of a soap opera in getting a book for my next class. The prof stated that he had photocopied a few chapters of the book for us at a substantial savings. I had purchased the photocopy set weeks before at a cost of $27. Upon going to class, I find that he didn't copy the other 3 chapters (100 pages) of the book and thus recommended we get the book as a result. He stated that having all the chapters photocopied would have resulted in the photocopy costing as much as the actual book.
Apparently, copies of the book would be available through the library. My wife and I decided that I should probably just get the $150 book. So I went to the school bookstore late yesterday and they were completely sold out and had no date on when they would get additional copies.
The bookstore staff informed me that after class, there was a massive crowd who came in and bought the whole inventory in less than 20 minutes. The prof wanted us to use the 2nd edition instead of the latest release of the 3rd edition. The 2nd edition was no longer being made by the publisher. There were probably 40-50 copies of the book on the shelves as I recall when I first saw the book shelves. With 250 students in the class, there will be some very unhappy students.
Well, long story short, my wife suggested Amazon.com. I found the book there used for $22 and new for $45. I purchased the 2nd edition copy used for $22 and paid $6 to have it shipped to me in a few days. Why do schools choose to rip us off like that? I feel sorry for those students who paid full price for the book. My wife and I couldn't believe the price difference. Why do schools not give a price break?
u would think that with the volume they purchase with.. .that they would pass the savings onto the students. That was actually what I thought years ago when I first went to college. Amazon.com didn't exist back then so I was buying books from some bookstores that I knew about sold college textbooks at a 40% savings. Naive/uninformed college freshman continually get hit so hard with the high price of books. I'm telling you it's a scam!