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New post 08 Jul 2009, 12:32
So, I have lots of time to catch up on my readings while i am on my vacation and I came up across this NYT article from few weeks ago.

We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/business/05ping.html

Apparently, there's a site that rents you textbooks. After browsing through, I cam eup with conclusion that the fee for renting each textbook for the semester equals to (give or take):

Net of { USED Textbook Purchase Price - Resell/Salvage Value }

So, anyone else think this is a good idea in bschool to rent textbooks rather than buying them?
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New post 08 Jul 2009, 13:15
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So, I have lots of time to catch up on my readings while i am on my vacation and I came up across this NYT article from few weeks ago.

We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/business/05ping.html

Apparently, there's a site that rents you textbooks. After browsing through, I cam eup with conclusion that the fee for renting each textbook for the semester equals to (give or take):

Net of { USED Textbook Purchase Price - Resell/Salvage Value }

So, anyone else think this is a good idea in bschool to rent textbooks rather than buying them?


I've been choosing just not to buy them in the first place :) I've found that professor's in class notes and course packs have been much much more helpful than any textbook.

After my first quarter accounting class where I read one chapter in the book and never used it again, I've basically ditched textbooks.

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New post 09 Jul 2009, 10:43
It.... it.... it sounds like.... a Library?
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New post 09 Jul 2009, 12:11
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It.... it.... it sounds like.... a Library?


Hmmm... the last time I took a book out of the library, they didn't charge me 80% of the books value. :wink:

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I've been choosing just not to buy them in the first place :) I've found that professor's in class notes and course packs have been much much more helpful than any textbook.

After my first quarter accounting class where I read one chapter in the book and never used it again, I've basically ditched textbooks.


I did this during my undergrad. Unless we were working on problems out of the textbook or the book would serve as a good reference in the future, I never bought them.

I never bought the text book until it became very apparent I could complete the course without it.

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New post 09 Jul 2009, 12:59
3underscore wrote:
It.... it.... it sounds like.... a Library?


an expensive one too :shock:

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