Saturday, January 19, 2008

BYU Bookstore is in denial

I cut and pasted this paragraph from the BYU Bookstore website this morning:

Sticker shock
Textbooks are free for most students until they reach college. If their book buying experience is limited to paying $9.95 for a paperback, having to buy three or four $40 or $50 texts is a shock. After paying a substantial tuition bill, families are often unprepared for an additional $200 to $400 textbook expense each term.

$40 or $50 a book? Maybe if you're an English major (but then you're probably buying dozens of books, not just three or four). I seem to recall that most of my books were at least $80 a piece (often considerably more), and that I bought them used!
The $200 to $400 is also a joke (try $400 to $600), as is the "families are often unprepared" bit (my family certainly didn't pay for my books--I did).

Just thought that those of us who are thinking we miss BYU would be grateful that we no longer have to deal with some of their logic. Fond memories are grand, but the good old days aren't always as good as we remember them.

By the way, I don't think BYU's buying the following items back, but if any of you know anyone taking basic chemistry at BYU, we have some CDs they might appreciate (chem tutor, chem tutor II, and virtual chem lab).

6 comments:

Andywhere said...
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the masked mallard said...

Totally depends on the major. With Anthro I got by under $200 a couple of semesters, so maybe the $400-600 is a rough average? It was my Anatomy and Microbiology classes that had the most expensive books.

the masked mallard said...

Totally depends on the major. With Anthro I got by under $200 a couple of semesters, so maybe the $400-600 is a rough average? It was my Anatomy and Microbiology classes that had the most expensive books.

Tim said...

It was me that stated the $400 to $600, and the bookstore that said $200 to $400.
Maybe they should have said $200 to $600.

alison said...

I think my range was $150 to $250; John's was around $200 a semester. Maybe our books just didn't get as many new editions? I know my parents bought my books the first semester because they took me to the bookstore, but after that I was on my own...

Tim said...

Wow. I didn't realize how much more science majors pay for textbooks than anyone else.
Ouch.
One more reason science teachers should get paid more, I guess :)
(That and the supply/demand thing)