There was a small article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how Costly Textbooks Draw Scrutiny of Lawmakers ($). Yes, textbooks are expensive. But, there was one practice that always irritated me to no end:
1. I buy a $75 textbook for a class.
2. I take care of the textbook so that I can sell it back at the end of the semester.
3. The semester is over. I take the textbook back to the bookstore, wait in line for 30 minutes and then get told that they don’t need any more of this particular textbook but they will take it off my hands for $5. Scam! Big-time scam. They were banking on the fact that I wouldn’t want the textbook, buy it back from me for $5 and then turn around and sell it “used” for $45.
Keep in mind that this was back in the day before the internet really took off. So, the bookstores basically had an on-campus monopoly. I’m curious: what do college students do now? Are there any good textbook exchanges or cheap places to buy books? Let me know so I can share them with my readers.