The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 7, 2002 Page: 3 of 8
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The Rambler February 7, 2002 3
Textbook prices stir emotions
I know most college students are
like myself: Always short on cash and
also the first to get to the bookstore
after the last used book for class is
The cost for college textbooks has
reached mythical pro-
portions with most cost-
ing $50 to $ I (K) each.
It is inevitable that I
will be forced to "max
out" the credit card and
possibly even refinance
my car to pay for the
next trip to the book-
This semester I hit
the store early intending
to buy two books that I
needed before the used selection was
gone rather than suffer the costs of
buying new ones on next week's check.
When I located the books I need-
ed, the used ones were already sold, I
ran a quick mental total on new texts
and came up with $164.
My first impulse was to throw
them in Boston Harbor and start a rev-
olution. The second was to call Gov.
Perry, every politician and newspaper I
could locate and demand an investiga-
tion on collusion.
But in reality I just put the books
back and walked out the door.
Bookstores and publishers are
gouging us. I'm getting poorer every
semester and I am tired of it.
This American capitalist student is
revolting against the publishing estab-
lishment. I refuse to pay outrageous
prices for textbooks any longer.
Last semester I bought a textbook
at Barnes & Noble in Arlington
because the campus bookstore was sold
I also noticed it was about $2
cheaper. Not earth-shattering savings,
but I knew I had at least one brick and
However, my first thought was to
look intoAmazon.com on the Internet.
Amazon.com is not a books only
website so I had to search for the text-
book link. When I found the textbook
page 1 still had to link to another page
to get to used books.
The book was available new, in
stock and near enough in price to the
However, there was also a
notice that shipping usually took
seven to 10 days. Or in plain
English, "more money please."
Then the real problem showed
The used editions weren't at
Amazon. They were being
advertised by Amazon for three
individual subscribers to
Amazon's "marketplace sellers'
__ Not for me. I want a cheaper
book, not another problem.
I slipped back onto the Internet
express lane, took the next exit and
cruised into the Barnes & Noble web-
The site was simple to navigate
with a clear link for college textbooks
on the homepage. Jt dropped me
directly on the search engine which
pulled all the information on new, used,
store location, shipping time and spe-
Both books were available used.
B &N offered free shipping with multi-
ple orders by UPS two-day air.
No third party involved, no extra
shipping cost, nothing to devalue the
simple buyer and seller transaction.
The books were returnable if not satis-
fied with the transaction.
1 bought the whole package in less
than five minutes. And I had an e-mail
confirmation thanking me for my busi-
ness in my mailbox when I signed off
So the revolt is a success. I have
two "new" used textbooks, I saved $54,
and it was all tax-free.
Ain't capitalism great?
Bill Barnes is a junior majoring in
mass communication and is a contributing
writer for The Rambler.
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Harold G. Jeffcoat. Publisher
Mrlanie Manning editor in chief
Donna Hanex. new \ editor
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l)r Marian Haher. Advi
Jose Valde:. managing edito
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Time shouldn Y confuse students
What time is it'.' This
is a question I've been
asked far too often around
If you're like me and
have a wristwatch, you
wall clocks around campus
for the correct time, you'd
probably think you lost sev-
eral hours of your life.
That's how I felt dur-
ing my first weeks at
Wesleyan last year whenev-
er I looked at the clock in
the computer lab in EJW B-
24. 1 don't remember what
time it had on it then, but I
know it wasn't correct.
As of last Tuesday, it
continued to display the
wrong time. The hands
were frozen at 11:25.
It's safe to assume it
still displays the same
One thing is certain,
that clock will only be
right twice a day.
The same can be said
for the clock in the Quad,
only it's frozen at 8:07.
Adding more confu-
sion to the time quandary
is the double-sided clock
located on the first floor
of the McFadden Science
It works, but it shows
two different times and nei-
ther one is correct.
I've found only a
handful of clocks that have
the same time as my trusty
Two are located in
Financial Aid and the
Registrar's office. They
have to keep those dates
and records in harmony
with the government you
College is confusing
enough with homework,
essays and deadlines to
meet without worrying if
one is trapped in an episode
of The Twilight Zone.
It would be nice if the
university found a way to
synchronize every clock
with the correct time, but 1
guess that's just wishful
thinking on my part.
Until that day arrives,
I'll continue to give the
correct time to those who
If not, I'll just direct
them over to the third floor
of the Administration build-
Jose Valdez is a senior
majoring in mass communica-
tion and is the managing edi-
tor of The Rambler.
Thumbs Up to the evening security crew, who responded to blown
electrical fuses at Wade Hall two evenings in a row, despite rain, sleet
Thumbs Down to Dora's. This week, breakfast diners were faced with
cold fried eggs. Aren't there some kind of standards that determine the
acceptable temperature for cafeteria food?
Thumbs Up to the women of Alpha Xi Delta. While your blue cups
stuck in the chain link fences around campus may seem reminiscent of
high school, can anyone remember a time in life where spirit was a big-
ger part of students' lives than in high school? Besides, it is far prefer-
able to the posters which are shedding glitter all over the elevators and
Thumbs down to housing, for allowing Quizno's to close early when
there are still students who want to eat. If the university doesn't close
because of snow, neither should you.
Thumbs Up to SGA and student life and the Rams cheerleaders for all
the work that has gone into the planning of Homecoming week.
School Spirit might not be alive and well at Wesleyan, but all of you
keep the life support connected.
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Manning, Melanie. The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 87, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 7, 2002, newspaper, February 7, 2002; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253267/m1/3/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Wesleyan University.