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School Book Scam

January 12, 2009 - Heather Ziegler
College students across the country are screaming at the top of their voices UNFAIR and I can't blame them. Each semester they pay hundreds of dollars -sometimes $100-200 per book- for books that cannot be exchanged and if they can be returned at the end of the semester, they are pretty much worthless. Speaking from experience, some books our son sold at WVU were never even opened in class but he got only a fraction for them at sell-back time. And the worst offense is that they change the books year to year so you CAN'T resell them. It's a racket and someone should be ashamed of themselves for this self-serving practice. I have heard that many professors help publish these books so they are in fact padding their own pockets when they insist on these books for their classes. One student said a professor had them tear out on page from a book, sign their name to it and turn it in to him. They never used the book the rest of the semester! This is just wrong. Readers, have you had similar experiences?


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