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Poll - Textbooks
« on: June 12, 2007, 05:32:22 PM »

Just curious.

How much was the average hardcover textbook back when you guys were in college?

On avg they run $120-160 new...for which I receive $40 when i sell back to the bookstore  Sad 

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2007, 05:36:21 PM »

I was in college more than a decade ago, and it was ~$60-$80/each for the big hard-cover ones.  But I definitely had a few that were in the $150 range, and, of course, a few (for literature classes and such) that ran no more than $10, used.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2007, 05:41:33 PM »

I was in college more than a decade ago, and it was ~$60-$80/each for the big hard-cover ones.  But I definitely had a few that were in the $150 range, and, of course, a few (for literature classes and such) that ran no more than $10, used.
yea LOL...as a science major I've got it tough.  most of my classes have separate lab textbooks which doubles it to ~$300 per class in textbooks.  i'd love to be an english major and buy a paperback for $10 per semester lol
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2007, 05:42:11 PM »

Hmmm, surely you could swipe someone elses books.

"Freelance Textbook Relocating" I think it's called... Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2007, 05:43:00 PM »

Hmmm, surely you could swipe someone elses books.

"Freelance Textbook Relocating" I think it's called... Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007, 05:47:35 PM »

I was in college from '92-'95 and then again from '99-'01. Prices for books really depended on the subject. My English Lit (major for most of my college career) typically ran anywhere from $8 to $80, the most expensive being my Shakespeare compendium which I think was ~$100. Science books were decidedly more. I think I paid around $120 for my biology and chemistry books. Math books varied, but you could usually expect to pay around $50-$70.

When I switched my major to business (bad choice) I paid much less per book, but typically needed more of them per semester.

I considered myself lucky if the class hadn't switched to a different text or a newer edition for the next semester and I could actually sell them back, even at a 75% loss.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007, 05:51:17 PM »

I must say that I'm having a bit of sticker shock in this arena also, $288.00 for 3 freakin' books, and the stupid beginning typing book cost $92.00...sheesh.  Shocked

My oldest daughter showed me a couple of web pages.

http://www.textbook.com
http://www.alibris.com

I guess they have really cheap (buy back?) books, as long as you have the title, the ISBN number and the correct edition you need.  I haven't checked it out yet though, I got started late and needed books now!
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007, 05:52:58 PM »

My English Lit (major for most of my college career)
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When I switched my major to business (bad choice) I paid much less per book, but typically needed more of them per semester.

Sounds like a good choice to me--although there was a brief period of time between 1999 and 2000 in which English majors were actually being hired as web developers.
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2007, 05:54:38 PM »

I'm remembering around $60 when I was in college ('90-'94).  I can't remember if that was new or used, though.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2007, 06:26:36 PM »

 $20-$45 depending on course and new v. used.

1983-88  B.S. Mechanical Engineering.

I thought it was outrageous back then. I can only imagine what it is going to be like in 8-12 years when my daughters go to college.
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Re: Poll - Textbooks
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2007, 06:44:37 PM »

Undergrad 87-91  as I recall, most were in the $30-50, although as a pysch major, we had a few inthe $90-130 range.

Grad school 97-99 texts were about $80 a pop, although my cost per credit hour at the private school was almost equal to one quarter in state tuition when I attended undergrad. Disgusted
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2007, 09:15:12 PM »

$70-$100 depending on course.
1987-91  B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

I can distinctly remember buying a quite slim organic chem lab text for $72 and returning it for trade-in at the bookstore.  They offered me the princely sum of $6 (no, that wasn't a typo -- I wrote SIX DOLLARS), and they had those texts selling used for $42.  (It should here be noted that I consider it blasphemy to write or highlight in or fold down the page corner of any book.)  I posted a 4x6 notecard on the wall outside the organic lecture, asking $35.  A student actually tracked me down in my lab to buy it from me not 20 minutes later.
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Re: Poll - Textbooks
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2007, 07:30:43 AM »

$75 to $100 for me from 1998-2002 in the Business college

I'd sell them back early most of the time to ensure they bought them back.  Then I'd redirect those funds to the black market pursuant my economic recovery plan. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2007, 11:50:27 AM »

97-01 ... engineering related (eng, math, chem, phys, etc)  typically pulled about 600-800/semester on a 4-5 course load so that's about $150 per course I guess.

01-03 ... engineering related (grad school)  typically pulled about 400-500/semester on a 2-3 course load ... so again somewhere in the $150+ range per course


never really sold much of any books back, but I know people routinely got on the order of 10 -15 maybe  20 (if pristine condition)% of sticker price only to see them marked back up to 80% of new price as 'used'

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2007, 12:04:45 PM »

87-91.  Around $40-$60 depending upon the book - but these were used prices.  New would have ran about $60-$90.

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