I start TODAY at a local University to do my pre-reqs, and when I purchased my books this week I was floored to see how much they had went up (I thought) in 12 years since I have been in college.
When I was in college before, if I paid $50.00 for a book, it was steep...but everything that I was buying was $120, $150...My NON-NURSING books are over $500 for FOUR COURSES.
So, when I got home, I started doing a little online research by ISBN number (which will ALWAYS ensure you get the exact same book and edition).
Guess what? I wasn't crazy...the books at the college bookstore were DOUBLE about any price I found on the internet.:angryfire
Now, granted, I have always known that college bookstores were a little more expensive...this was mostly limited to 10 to 15% or so. To me it was worth the convenience. But DOUBLE???????
It's too close to class for me to order them online for this semester, but I have 6 semesters left, and they won't get another dime out of me.
My advice: SHOP EARLY AND SHOP AROUND!!!