Textbook Prices Continue to Increase

For those of us who have been through college, we know the pain that is required reading. Each class gives us a list of what we’re reading for the semester and we then drag our feet to the campus bookstore to purchase the items. 

I have literally cried in the campus bookstore, because of how stressed I was at all of the books and their prices. I’d get to class without buying a book and the professor would say we needed it, and then we wouldn’t use it at all, or I would buy the book and then would never open it. You can never tell with textbooks, because it depends on the professor.

You’ve bought the book, you sort of use it throughout the semester, you go to resell the book and….

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How does that work exactly? You pay a certain amount for the book in the first place, you’ve barely touched it the whole semester, you want that money back, and they low ball you! 

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With the total price of college already being expensive, the added burden of textbook prices has increased over the years. According to a study done by CollegeBoard, Books and Supplies take up a large percentage of fees for college undergraduates. For a public nonprofit four-year institution, Books and supplies take up about $10,138 of the budget, while a private four-year institution has about $11,516 spent on books and supplies. 

That money spent on books and supplies alone is outrageous. At the mercy of a good education, we had to pay an arm and a leg just for reading material. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88 percent and housing at school (excluding board) increased 51 percent.”

These prices alone could deter anyone from going near the campus bookstore. I’d definitely advise buying your books at a used bookstore, or even borrowing from a friend who took the same class. You can always find other people in Facebook groups who are selling their used textbooks for lower prices. Good luck out there! 



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