Welcome to Rye Country Day's Economic Blog. Here you will find perspectives by students taking Economics at Rye Country Day School. It is meant to be a forum where students can openly express their ideas and take positions on relevant economic issues. I urge everyone to participate in presenting their own ideas in an open manner so that we can all learn from each other. Regardless of whether you are currently taking Economics, everyone is invited and encouraged to comment on articles and get involved. Feel free to e-mail me, Alex Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org , with comments or suggestions.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Featured Entry - Varsity Books Alternative
The month is August and we have just spent the last three months relaxing (hopefully) and enjoying the summer. However, the dreaded RCDS envelope arrives mid-August to remind us that summer's almost gone. We are given the list of classes that we will be taking and also given detailed instructions on how to access Varsity Books and order books that we need for each class. Due to us still being in "summer-mode" it is almost impossible to resist Varsity Books appealing and simple website that fogs the reality that we are paying inflated prices for textbooks. A simple Googleing of the names of the textbooks you need will lead you to finding the same textbooks, brand new, for a LOT cheaper. Now the question is does RCDS make a profit with their "monopoly" with Varsity Books? I would be inclined to say yes, as students do not even receive a list of the books they need but rather they must log on to Varsity Books just to know exactly what books they need. Most likely, even if you were planning on Googleing the textbooks and finding the cheapest prices, after visiting Varsity Books it is almost impossible to resist clicking "Add to Cart" and taking out your parents credit card. Due to the fact that the list of books each student needs is only available through Varsity Books, RCDS creates an image that Varsity Books is the only way to order books. This is absolutely not true and I have been ordering books through various sources each year (Amazon as well as Half.com- an affiliate of EBay). Should RCDS change its policy and send a list of books needed for each class in the mail with the class list, people would certainly look at other options of buying books. I urge everyone to take a look at other sources besides Varsity Books when it comes time to order new books for next year or next semester and show your parents how economics helped you save money on your textbooks.