new, used, or write-off?
Not much going on in lawschool-land, other than getting ready to wait a month and a half for our grades. Since I had to be near school, I stopped by Book Horizons to get next semester's books. Their prices for new books were slightly lower than efollet's online prices, and I like to support local businesses when I can.
"So," they asked, "would you like new or used books?" Last semester I bought mostly used ones and saved a few bucks, but I soon regretted my choice, despite the savings, because I was constantly distracted by the previous owner(s)' multicolored highlightings and (frequently) inane comments on the margins. "New books, this time," I answered.
To my amazement, the owners of the bookstore began to make fun of my decision. "Hey, rich boy wants all new books." "Big spender, isn't he?" When I went to pay, the lady took exquisite pains to carefully stack them, because, as she said, "you are spending so much money on these books that I wouldn't want anything to happen to them." I paid $318.81 of my lender's hard-earned money (this covered crim pro, con law, and contracts) and walked out, but kept thinking, WTF? Wouldn't they prefer to sell the new ones?
I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes, as my friends are happy to point out. Only after I drove away did I realize that not only do they probably make more money on the used books than the new ones, but that they are probably stuck with whatever used books don't sell because they cannot return those to the publisher. And that they probably carry tens of thousands of dollars in old, superseded editions, books that will never ever ever sell, destined for a landfill.
With that last thought Schadenfreude set in, and I decided to buy new books for as long as I remain in school.