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i just spent $350+ on books

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by jonathan_matos5, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. that tulsa communist college must think i have a money tree in my back yard.:mad:

    i spent $354.74 USD on 5 used text books hopefully the education will be worth it, but damn that is some crazy con that the campus bookstore is running:p

    oh well at least i have all of the loose ends tied up for school to start with the exception of getting my hands on keys to a practice room.:hyper:

    now where did i put my old book bag:meh:
  2. I bought two books at uni, £55 a pop!

    I didnt buy anymore, as A i could afford them, and B they really werent needed.

    We take 6 modules a year in 1st and 2nd year, 4 modules a year in 3rd, and 4th is a bit wierd.

    But each module has 3-4 core texts! So bugger buying all of them!
  3. I get to spend all that money next week....I dont think it will be too bad...my first semester I spent ~$450 USD....that was rough...I try to look online first now....you can cut a great deal sometimes
  4. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Textbooks are generally expensive. I was faced with the prospect of buying a $400 textbook when I was doing my MSc. Fortunately my thesis advisor purchased it for me since he felt others in the group could use it as well.
  5. we have to take a number of general classes and a number of major specific classes to graduate but the only thing that dictates how we take them is the fact that certain courses are prerequisites to take the next class. im taking 6 classes this semester and in order to graduate in 4 years i need to take 7 plus the maximum course load for the summer. i am gonna go slow and steady and graduate in about 5 1/2 years
  6. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    feynman and hibbs? :eek:

    i generally hate buying textbooks at the campus bookstore, but i got my book package for french class from there. over $166. in contrast, i bought my advanced calculus textbook online for about $30.
  7. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    No, Wesson Tokamaks. It obviously has a limited audience. It's dropped in price about $80 since we bought it two years ago. It is pretty near impossible to find the new edition used. I have a "bootleg" copy of the first version that a post-doc in our lab who was from India gave me. Apparently it's common there because $400 US is about eleventy-million rupees there. He told me that their library could only afford subscriptions to a couple of physics journals at the institution rates. A lot of the profs would have subscriptions to a couple of journals and they'd pass them around.
  8. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006
    Welcome to the school life. :meh:

    I paid between $200 and $300 every quarter for books last year-it sucks, but there are ways around it.

    Like Amazon, and private sellers at school...
  9. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    please tell me your sercrets .:confused:

    I just paid $800 for my wifes books for 3 classes.

    just so happens all 3 classes required books that are new , never used before at her school. hmmm...
  10. Chipsonfire


    Jul 20, 2007
    Socorro, NM
    I don't plan on spending more than maybe $100 this semester. But I've known people to (foolishly) pay over $900 USD. Some people just don't know how to do this whole college thing :meh:
  11. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    u got it easy, mine are over $1000.
  12. Mines not quite what yours was, but three of mine were 450 and I have yet to buy my most expensive book...
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Its not the bookstore it's the publishers. The Textbook publication field is a racket...take it from someone who's office is in a university bookstore. The markup on Textbooks is well below standard retail and the publishers put out new editions and packages extremely frequently to block both the consumer and the store from buying and selling used.

    The worst are science and math or any technical related fields...lately we've seen books/packages come in above 200 bucks.

    Good luck finding stuff online...I hear horror stories all semester from students who purchase on ebay, Amazon used, etc only to find out their book didn't have the required CD, or workbook or isn't quite the right edition, then they have to re-buy the package. A lot of times the books also come too late for that exam or paper too.
  14. I will be spending at least 500 on books.

    However, I will also need to spend a crazy amount on circuit boards, resistors, wires, soldering tools, some weird sound card oscilloscope, and thats not even half of it!

    Oh well, at least those will be more fun to play with than books.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I feel your pain , bring them to justice ! :mad:
  16. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA
    Maybe you should...
  17. i shall do my best to master the classes i take.:bassist:
  18. Yeah, book prices are ludicrous.

    Being an English major, a lot of what I have to pick up for my classes is thankfully readily available at bookstores, so I can get it cheaper. :)
  19. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    HAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! Awesome.
    My standard semester book cost was between $450-$650. Most were always covered under my scholarship, but it still amazed me what they charged for these things, and how little was offered in return at the end of the semester, or how often new editions would come out so the old ones were useless.
  20. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    Having dabbled on the other side if this, remember that a lot of books have small print runs - 2000 copies is pretty standard in my field. The publishers hope to sell most of those in two years.

    2000 copies at $50 a copy is only $100,000. Take off the sales markup, distribution, printing and warehouse costs, typesetting, editing, maybe even something left over for the author(!!!), and there's not much left. It takes a couple of years from start to finish to bring a project to the shelves, so that cash has to pay a lot of salaries...

    Of course there are always the "standard" texts which were written years ago and are just cash cows, but most texts sell FAR less. I'm surprised they don't cos more!

    I think the most expensive book i have was about $160, but I've got plenty over $100. It just gets worse as you specialise more - volumes go down, costs go up. Real "textbooks" are pretty cheap compared to the real "specialist" texts.


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