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#1 Posted by Senile_Kyle (85 posts) -

Why does the government allow textbook companies to sell overpriced textbooks!!!! Example, Prentice Hall's Deitel and Deitel programming books. They have two main series, the "How To Program...." and the "....for Programmers" series.  The "How To Program..." books are always $100+ new, however, the "...for Programmers" books are all only $35-$40.  Both series feature paperback books, and 1200-1500 pages.  I don't know about you guys, but, $100+ is way too much for a paperback book, I think $35-$40 is right.
 
Here's the problem I have, both series have the same amount of pages, give or take.  The "How To Program..." books are aimed for college courses, while the "...for Programmers" books are not. So they jack the price for the "How To Program..." books because they know college students are gonna be forced to buy them. 
 
This is ridiculous, Obama should be fixing this problem instead of trying to find who's ass he should kick for the oil spill problem.

#2 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Since when does the government have anything to do with capitalist prices? 

#3 Posted by Yummylee (20571 posts) -

I dunno, though all oi gotta say is noice avi, Guvner.

#4 Posted by Mono_Listo (430 posts) -

"Free" market.

#5 Posted by DCFGS3 (1054 posts) -

Have you not met Capitalism?

#6 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

For one semester of my marketing course, I was expected to buy a text book for £80. I didn't and the only hinderance it caused me was that I had to photocopy a page from the back that had a case study on it meaning I essentially saved £79.85.

#7 Posted by Kallim (36 posts) -

Why on earth would Obama have anything to do with the price of a text book? If the company is abe to sell it for such a price, then there's nothing to stop them from doing that. If the price is unreasonable, then people wouldn't buy it and the price would naturally drop. That's a pretty fundamental part of your country's economic philosophy.

#8 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2901 posts) -

You are absolutely correct. The government should ban multiple exclamation points.
 
I blame Obama.

#9 Posted by Danbo (191 posts) -

The joys of the free market mechanism.

#10 Posted by Jazz (2046 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" I dunno, though all oi gotta say is noice avi, Guvner. "
Cor Blimey Guv, you ain't 'arf wron' there
#11 Posted by Jwkokosmakroon (158 posts) -
@Kallim said:
"Why on earth would Obama have anything to do with the price of a text book? If the company is abe to sell it for such a price, then there's nothing to stop them from doing that. If the price is unreasonable, then people wouldn't buy it and the price would naturally drop. That's a pretty fundamental part of your country's economic philosophy. "

The flaw in your theory is that certain college courses require you to buy the book...... 
#12 Posted by RankRabbit (394 posts) -

I agree that new books are overpriced but it has nothing to do with the government. Best route to take is look for used ones on half.com or abebooks.com, websites like that, or look for international versions, they are usually cheaper.

#13 Posted by ToadRunner (277 posts) -

Wait, so you want the government to dictate the price of all goods?
 
Thats not how capitalism works...

#14 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

'scalled a monopoly

#15 Posted by ahriman22 (2747 posts) -

Wrong country to complain to, especially about this.

#16 Posted by subrandom (114 posts) -

The best they could do is judge a text book company as a monopoly and then rule that they are engaging in anti-competitive practices. That's the best you could do, also welcome to college where people have been complaining about this for years and then after 4 years no one cares anymore.

#17 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Wouldn't that be the opposite of what the government normally does?

#18 Posted by GIVEMEREPLAY (821 posts) -

If only the government solved all of my problems for me. Truly then I would be as happy as people who live in countries where the government fixes prices, like Venezuela and Cuba. 

#19 Posted by TomWhitbrook (434 posts) -

When I was at university, the answer to this thorny little problem was called a "library". If that failed, then the used book shop down the road rarely disappointed.

#20 Posted by Burns098356GX (1366 posts) -

Because they have bigger things to worry about? Like that oil spill, ever heard of that?

#21 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6270 posts) -

Capitalism.

#22 Posted by kaaaaaaahn (341 posts) -

the goverment shouldnt be able to tell people what they should set there prices at. die commie basterds

#23 Posted by Blair (2471 posts) -
@Senile_Kyle said:
" This is ridiculous, Obama should be fixing this problem instead of trying to find who's ass he should kick for the oil spill problem. "
You're wrong on so many levels.
#24 Posted by ch3burashka (4902 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
" Since when does the government have anything to do with capitalist prices?  "
This. Unless either company has an unrestricted monopoly, Obama, or more accurately, the government, can't do shit. Besides, the oil spill is a wee bit more important than the prices of textbooks. I'm not sure if this is a real thread or a troll thread.
#25 Posted by asonunique (30 posts) -

No one is sent to a collage to gain an education, only to pay for one. 

#26 Posted by ThatFrood (3360 posts) -

Because people like you are outraged at every hike in the price of tuition, despite rising standards and greater upkeep costs, so universities and professors are forced to find alternative sources of income?

#27 Posted by actionTACO (498 posts) -

The ~*~Free Market~*~ triumphs again.

#28 Posted by Th3dz (332 posts) -

It's not a high price for knowledge dude! Besides the Deitel books are great! Well worth the money!

#29 Posted by august (3811 posts) -

The government should levee a tax on excessive exclamation point use.

#30 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6375 posts) -

Since when does the government have any authority to dictate the prices of textbooks? Im not sure if the OP has ever heard of capitalism before. If the prices are too high then don't buy it and look somewhere else.

#31 Posted by Organicalistic_ (2954 posts) -
@Senile_Kyle: at my school they are free, why the fuck does the us gov allow the distribution of cloned meat, because they have no common sense.
#32 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -

That book is still sitting on my desk right now. The book is pretty decent, and it comes with a cd of all the source code, so that you can modify. Yes, all of them are horribly over priced, but I at least still use the How To Program books. I can't say that for all the other CS books I have.

#33 Posted by mrhankey (695 posts) -
@Senile_Kyle: 
I paid $200 for my Russian Language book for my russian classes while my friend paid $450 for his chemistry book...that was first semester...start buying previous editions on Amazon...the new editions do not have much.
#34 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1782 posts) -

Also, how different are those for programmer books? They probably leave out a lot of detail an explanation.

#35 Posted by AlwaysAngry (2924 posts) -

i think dat everyting in life shuld jus b for free

#36 Posted by TheGreenBastard (31 posts) -
@subrandom said:

" ... welcome to college where people have been complaining about this for years and then after 4 years no one cares anymore. "

^ That. 

Text books are expensive. Who'd'a thunk it.
Photocopying and libraries are your friend. But if you *really* want the book (like to look nice on your bookshelf and make people think you're clever) then second hand book sales can help.
#37 Posted by zombie2011 (4941 posts) -

pssssh........ $100 is chump change. 
 
My Manufacturing Processes book cost me $320.

#38 Posted by one_2nd (2359 posts) -

You're in college?

#39 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Because it's none of their business.

#40 Posted by Ironbunny (51 posts) -

i think school textbooks are so overpriced because most people buy them used, therefore they get less profit. That said, you too can just buy the book used and for less.

#41 Posted by Computerplayer1 (991 posts) -

I paid $800 for textbooks covering 5 courses last semester. One accounting book was $240.
 
Don't be too concerned about it. Learn to live with it like the rest of us lol.

#42 Posted by damnboyadvance (4054 posts) -

I'm sure Obama has better things to do than fix the price of textbooks, even if he doesn't do anything at all.

#43 Posted by Diamond (8634 posts) -

It's not really a free market because schools choose what books to use and you have to pay up.  If the system is corrupt (which is probably is) the book maker pays the school.
 
Broken system, but the government does have bigger fish to fry, and it doesn't really have the power to do anything about it anyways.

#44 Posted by Senile_Kyle (85 posts) -

I understand this is a free market economy, but this is total rape.  And the comparisons of those books were just examples, my specific college programming courses don't use those books, but I know of some schools that do.  
 
Also, Obama has made the comment that people shouldn't go to school because they can't afford it.  If Obama can force car manufacturers to have a specific highway miles per gallon by whatever year it is, why can't he step in and do something about this???  Also, I said, he should work on this, instead of trying to find who's ass to kick for the oil spill problem, so what if he finds somebodies ass to kick, what good is that gonna do, that's not going to stop the fact that there is oil spilling into the ocean at .5-4.2 mil gals per day.   And ya, look at that range, there's your first problem, get fuckin scientist in there so they can determine that.
 
Anyways, I still think $100 for a paperback book is too much, but I would be more accepting of it, if the same publisher/authors, didn't have other books of the same magnitude for cheaper, like 60% cheaper, because it targets people who aren't forced to buy it for a college course.

#45 Posted by Azteck (7447 posts) -
@SuperfluousMoniker said:
" You are absolutely correct. The government should ban multiple exclamation points.  I blame Obama. "
But  my opinion is very important!!!!!!
#46 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2826 posts) -

This must be a joke topic.

#47 Posted by Godzilla_Sushi (1084 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic said:
" Since when does the government have anything to do with capitalist prices?  "
Are you kidding?
#48 Posted by TBird13 (107 posts) -

Funniest rant ever. 
While we're on the topic of demanding things, I would like each textbook to come with an indentured servant (named Thadius is it's a boy, Ilithia if its a girl) to carry my books and turn the pages for me.   

#49 Posted by IIChristian89II (243 posts) -
@Senile_Kyle said:
" Why does the government allow textbook companies to sell overpriced textbooks!!!! Example, Prentice Hall's Deitel and Deitel programming books. They have two main series, the "How To Program...." and the "....for Programmers" series.  The "How To Program..." books are always $100+ new, however, the "...for Programmers" books are all only $35-$40.  Both series feature paperback books, and 1200-1500 pages.  I don't know about you guys, but, $100+ is way too much for a paperback book, I think $35-$40 is right.  Here's the problem I have, both series have the same amount of pages, give or take.  The "How To Program..." books are aimed for college courses, while the "...for Programmers" books are not. So they jack the price for the "How To Program..." books because they know college students are gonna be forced to buy them.   This is ridiculous, Obama should be fixing this problem instead of trying to find who's ass he should kick for the oil spill problem. "
im pretty sure an ocean full of oil trumps your money troubles...
#50 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

...the threads here aren't as fun anymore.  x.x
 
What the hell does this have to do with the Federal Government?