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To: JoeSchem
How about your average $100 college textbook?
2 posted on 11/19/2001 6:10:56 PM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
I pay more for books than tuition here in Canada. $101 for a junior level marketing text!
6 posted on 11/19/2001 6:14:12 PM PST by Dat
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
At least the campus bookstore will buy them back for $2.50.
10 posted on 11/19/2001 6:16:21 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free; Dat
Yall are getting off cheap. My science texts cost $150 - $200 per book. It's such a friggin racket.
15 posted on 11/19/2001 6:18:09 PM PST by Lizzy W
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
because of the limited numbers printed.
21 posted on 11/19/2001 6:19:55 PM PST by RaceBannon
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
How about your average $100 college textbook?

That's because you are a captive buyer. You HAVE to buy the book. In addition, you generally HAVE to buy it at the monopoply campus bookstore, although that is partially changing with the internet.

27 posted on 11/19/2001 6:22:53 PM PST by Rodney King
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
How about your average $100 college textbook?

Ironically it is to a large extent the result of the explosion of the used book market.

Instead of being spread over 3-4 years, all the costs of a new book have to be recouped in one semester. After that, the used books take over.

The bookstores invest nothing in the production of a book, pay the students returning a book 1/3 to 1/2 the value of a new book, and then charge 3/4 of the price to new students buying it.

The author and publisher, who produce the book, get nothing from the sales of the used books.

Only the bookstores profit from this system.

35 posted on 11/19/2001 6:25:46 PM PST by DrNo
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
I work in the college store industry. Not only are publishers raising books far faster than the rate of inflation, they are bundling books with study guides and CD's and other material and marketing it as a value for the student. In reality this is just a way to stop the selling of used books as the extra material is only available as new from the publisher and if the instructor orders all of the bundle, the bookstore can't buy it back and sell it as used.
102 posted on 11/19/2001 9:11:11 PM PST by Sandshark
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
How about your average $100 college textbook?

I believe you. When my son showed me a price tag of a text book needed for one of his Physics classes was about $100, it seemed absurd.
That was 25 years ago, for a graduate level course.
I remmember most of my text books were under $10 (class of '59).

122 posted on 11/19/2001 10:14:22 PM PST by rightofrush
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free
$100 college textbook

Are you getting that used? :-)

I haven't spent less than $120 on a book in some time.

142 posted on 11/20/2001 8:16:24 AM PST by realpatriot71
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