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Old 08-24-2005, 08:29 AM   #41 (permalink)
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What you save in textbooks now will be eclipsed by the money you miss out on when your English major is put to use
Can't buy me love,
Everybody tells me so.
Can't buy me love,
no, no, no, no.

I've accepted my fate.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:20 PM   #42 (permalink)
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FYI - the past thread on this is at http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthread.php?t=82568
[A moderator merging the threads, just a thought]

This is definitely something I won't be looking forward in a couple weeks when I begin my freshman year....
I hope brian's advice can work at a small college [of 1500 total] though it did work at my high school which had the same amount [I got school supplies too ]

I'll give an update when I get to find out how much I had to bend over for the books.

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Old 08-24-2005, 12:44 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I just read this:

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COMPUTER EXTRAS BLAMED FOR RISING TEXTBOOK PRICES
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that prices for college textbooks have risen at twice the rate of inflation for the past 20 years and blames the increase largely on the inclusion of items such as CD-ROMs that are routinely bundled with books. The report estimates that the average full-time student spends $900 a year on textbooks, a figure that the California Student Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)--long a critic of publishers--said echoes its own research. Merriah Fairchild, a higher education advocate for the group, said, "The findings of this report support what we've been saying for two years." Bruce Hildebrand, a spokesman for the Association of American Publishers, refuted the report, saying the average amount is closer to $600. Hildebrand accused CALPIRG of pressuring publishers to eschew newer technologies that can be of educational benefit to students. Fairchild said that in CALPIRG's research, 65 percent of faculty "rarely or never used the bundled materials in their courses." Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 August 2005 (sub. req'd) http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/08/2005081701t.htm
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Old 08-24-2005, 01:16 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Not only do the CDs make it so much more expensive (often upwards of 20$ extra for the CD), but when you go to sell the book back, if you don't have the CD, you take at least a 20$ hit on the resell value.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:35 PM   #45 (permalink)
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That sucks. I have a hard time reconciling $250 for a textbook.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:14 PM   #46 (permalink)
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The CDs are pretty much useless. I've used many books that included CDs, but none of my classes utilized them. Just another fucking excuse to make money.

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Old 08-24-2005, 08:22 PM   #47 (permalink)
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I just read this:
That's gotta be bull! That's just a really poor attempt to justify outrageous prices. The actual CDs cost next to nothing to make - and from my experience, not a huge amount of effort goes into the creation of the content either.
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:01 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Anyone care to guess how much this Stats book set me back?

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Give up?
Spoiler: 81.75 USD. For this ancient piece of crap!
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Old 08-25-2005, 06:17 PM   #49 (permalink)
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this one time in highschool they had an ebook of my textbook, online so i used to use that and not carry my book home, and then i dlded it and cracked it and could have printed it but i dont know if any college books are e books
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