Fed up with high textbook prices

By Staff Writer
September 23, 2005

Jerry Zurek

The high cost of textbooks is a problem for not only Cabrini but students across the country. The cost of textbooks constantly makes you wonder if gaining knowledge is worth so much money per semester.

Although no one holds a gun to your head and demands that you buy books from the Cabrini bookstore, it is so much more convenient to do so.

Why don’t you try to reduce your book fees by using a cheaper source? Because I don’t think it’s worth it to pay $11 for a book you could get atcheapbooks.com or amazon.com for five dollars less.

I’m not sure about all of you, but I can’t continue to afford to go to Cabrini if I’m continuously indebted to the bookstore for so much money for textbooks every semester.

I actually got a summer job to help pay for some Cabrini expenses, but I noticed that basically what I made is what most students will be paying for books for one semester! This thought infuriated me because I know many Cabrini students need help to pay for tuition and they work so hard and still have nothing at the end of the day.

Most of my friends in fact would rather not have a book for class at all than waste $500 which they don’t have.

I’m not blaming any of this on the bookstore staff, but I think the bookstore should look into other companies for books because this is becoming a major problem.

I’m not one of those people who likes borrowing books from others so I have to buy all the textbooks, and I love giving that money to this school, but I can’t continue to do that because, like most college students, I have less money than a stock broker after a stock market crash.

Lessening this cost could put more money towards tuition and other necessities and less to companies who overcharge broke college students for books.

Companies charging us students so much money makes about as much common sense as it does when credit card companies send credit cards to students who are unemployed, expecting to receive their money from some invisible resource.

So I urge all of you, if you are relentlessly under anxiety because of book expenses, to utilize the technology we are blessed to have at our fingertips and look up inexpensive sources or you will proceed to give yourself and your families a much unneeded headache.

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