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03/25/2009 05:59:41 PM · #1
Then you will probably find this funny.

If you have never sold back a text book you probably won't get it.
03/25/2009 06:06:22 PM · #2
just buy them used to begin with. let someone else take the ball beating...


03/25/2009 06:08:03 PM · #3
I know the feeling, oh so well unfortunately. Stupid latest editions!
03/25/2009 06:15:16 PM · #4
I am a used amazon.com book buyer. But that video is still funny.
03/25/2009 06:17:55 PM · #5
Originally posted by soup:

just buy them used to begin with. let someone else take the ball beating...


Yeah, that's great until the prof decides to switch books or go to the new edition...
03/25/2009 06:25:25 PM · #6
yeah - i've run into that before.

sometimes can make it work with previous edition - same info different page... but that's a PITA too...


03/25/2009 06:42:24 PM · #7
Originally posted by soup:

yeah - i've run into that before.

sometimes can make it work with previous edition - same info different page... but that's a PITA too...


I had one book that the ONLY difference was that the all of the quantities in the problems and examples had been converted from U.S. units to SI units.
03/25/2009 07:00:38 PM · #8
I spent $440 on textbooks just for this semester. During my entire program I have spent right at $1600 on textbooks (2-year program plus one year of prerequisite classes.) I sold back my prerequisite class books with the exception of the Anatomy & Physiology book, which was the most expensive book I have had to buy in the entire program. That book alone was $175 plus a $70 lab manual. I have kept all of my program-related books for future reference.

My school has a buy-back program which will give you up to 50% of the retail price as long as the book was purchased new the previous semester and the book is in near-flawless condition with no writing/highlighting in the pages. The good thing about some of my more expensive books in this program is that they are good for at least two semesters of class work, and one of them I used for three semesters.
03/25/2009 07:05:14 PM · #9
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

I spent $440 on textbooks just for this semester. During my entire program I have spent right at $1600 on textbooks (2-year program plus one year of prerequisite classes.) I sold back my prerequisite class books with the exception of the Anatomy & Physiology book, which was the most expensive book I have had to buy in the entire program. That book alone was $175 plus a $70 lab manual. I have kept all of my program-related books for future reference.

My school has a buy-back program which will give you up to 50% of the retail price as long as the book was purchased new the previous semester and the book is in near-flawless condition with no writing/highlighting in the pages. The good thing about some of my more expensive books in this program is that they are good for at least two semesters of class work, and one of them I used for three semesters.


much more generous than my school was. I don't know the exact percentages but I doubt it was more than 20.
03/25/2009 07:06:21 PM · #10
What I hate is when you buy the multi-hundred dollar textbooks and then don't open them the whole time you're in class. That's happened to me more times than I care.
03/25/2009 07:46:29 PM · #11
Worst thing that ever happened to me was with a math class. I registered, bought the book and then decided that I would take it the following semester at a different location. The professor said"just keep the book for next semester". Next semester I needed the 12th edition of that book. Cost me double.
03/25/2009 07:54:23 PM · #12
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

Originally posted by soup:

yeah - i've run into that before.

sometimes can make it work with previous edition - same info different page... but that's a PITA too...


I had one book that the ONLY difference was that the all of the quantities in the problems and examples had been converted from U.S. units to SI units.


The worst I had was that we all HAD to have the new version... They went out of their way to say that the old version would not be acceptable. Far as we could tell the old and new were identical (I got a credit using the old one :)) - never noticed a difference all semester... apart from the fact the new one had a new co-author and by some amazing coincidence it was the same name as the main lecturer.... Humm....
03/25/2009 08:21:14 PM · #13
I just completed a course I paid 300$ for the textbooks for and never once cracked them for more than reading 10 pages worth. Most straightforward waste of money, ever.

The big thing I hate is paying for textbooks even though you had taken the course, before, the previous year or semester and then been forced to buy completely BRAND new editions of the same textbook for an extra 120-200$! RAWR!

Message edited by author 2009-03-25 20:22:12.
03/25/2009 08:24:13 PM · #14
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

I spent $440 on textbooks just for this semester. During my entire program I have spent right at $1600 on textbooks (2-year program plus one year of prerequisite classes.) I sold back my prerequisite class books with the exception of the Anatomy & Physiology book, which was the most expensive book I have had to buy in the entire program. That book alone was $175 plus a $70 lab manual. I have kept all of my program-related books for future reference.

My school has a buy-back program which will give you up to 50% of the retail price as long as the book was purchased new the previous semester and the book is in near-flawless condition with no writing/highlighting in the pages. The good thing about some of my more expensive books in this program is that they are good for at least two semesters of class work, and one of them I used for three semesters.


I never sell my textbooks back. They, along with my notes, homework and exams are valuable reference materials should I ever need to brush up on a particular topic. I'm smart, but there's just no way to remember every detail of a subject like thermodynamics if it's not something you use all the time.
03/25/2009 08:25:03 PM · #15
This semester was my most expensive for books at $440. They implemented a new trick on us in the school bookstore also. ALL of the books we needed for the semester were shrink-wrapped together so we could not purchase individual pieces and get others elsewhere. We had to buy the entire pack new or buy all of it somewhere else.
03/25/2009 08:28:31 PM · #16
Yep, know the feeling
I have some of the best textbooks that were never opened. My $200 Aeodynamics one is a classic, and they changed the book the following year, so I couldn't sell it to someone for the next year. So now I have an Expensive book, that i will never open, on my bookcase, as I am a Structural Engineer..........

However there are the others I kept because they made a good reference. One I barely opened at uni, but now it is my most used text. A great book for just finding out little things that you need every now and then........
03/25/2009 08:41:26 PM · #17
Originally posted by soup:

just buy them used to begin with. let someone else take the ball beating...


Never! Used books are evil - usually cursed, filled with demons or used to bludgeon tiny kittens and baby seals. Not to mention that I only get royalties off the first sale... :-)
03/26/2009 12:11:12 AM · #18
Besides people have pooped while reading used books. That is just gross.
03/26/2009 12:30:44 AM · #19
Both of the universities I attended had a book "rental" program for undergraduates.

You took your schedule to the bookstore, they gave you your books. At the end of the semester, you turned them back in.

There was a fee worked into your tuition to cover it. It may have been more expensive, but it wasn't as painful.

The pain for me was when I was registered as a graduate student, had to take a couple of undergraduate classes and had to buy the books the rest of the class was getting to rent. The bookstore people were as cool about it as they could be though, they would seek through the stack and find me the newest/best condition one.

My little sister signed up to take a class at the local comm. college this semester. Got the book ($175 for a Spanish I book), then the class canceled. >:( I'm not sure if she got a full refund, or if they did the 15% buy back. I told her to keep it and sell it on amazon or ebay or something.
03/26/2009 01:39:05 AM · #20
Originally posted by Jason_Cross:

Besides people have pooped while reading used books. That is just gross.


I wouldn't waste my precious time reading while pooping. I get my bestest innovativest ideas while pooping. Thats precious time, i would never waste on books.
Sometimes i eat extra burger just to get little extra time for poop, ideas count you know.
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