and pissed off with myself for not buying said textbooks earlier!
Rant alert if you have ever seen one, so if you are in a happy mood, close the browser and walk away.
Assignment season at the moment and unfortunately I have left things a bit late this semester. Last semester was tough, the budget is tight and frankly I am exhausted. With all that said there is still one or two things that puzzle me. The prices of textbooks are fascinating!
I needed to buy a total of 6 textbooks this semester. That is over and above the fees paid to UNISA as a student of the university. As you can imagine, the variance in prices are enough to piss me off when we are talking about S I X textbooks. For demonstration purposes I will refer to one of these textbooks.
I have used a fairly cheap textbook for illustration purposes, namely: Managing E-Commerce in Business (how ironic)
The easiest way for me to compare prices is by surfing the net. Kalahari and Takealot for started, the second hand e-bookstore on Unisa’s website and then the smaller stores in and around my area:
Van Schaik: R546.00
Protea Bookshop Online (New): R543.50
That is R200!
R200 variance on one textbook. I need to buy 6 textbooks. Is it me to is this simply ridiculous? I understand things like overhead costs and market-share. I understand the fact that Kalahari and Takealot has a much bigger reach that the smaller bookshops in and around Pretoria. But man alive! Are they even trying to stay competitive?
If it weren’t for the fact that I can’t wait 4-7 working days for this specific textbook, I would be buying it from Takealot/Kalahari. But I can’t. So I will spend an extra R200 on this textbook. But beware – I will be conducting a second investigation into the prices of so called second hand textbooks sold by one of the above mentioned suppliers. And if my findings are what I am certain it will be, I there will be follow up post.