Latest Diablo 3 News
DiabloWiki Updates
Support the site! Become a Diablo: IncGamers PAL - Remove ads and more!

I am still stewing and I need SD to help me complain

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by zodiac66, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    I am still stewing and I need SD to help me complain

    I finally bought my anthopology book. It was a couple weeks late arriving from the
    "publisher" to the bookstore. I use the term publisher loosely.

    This company specializes in providing text books to universities based on what text they want included/excluded from the book. Let me elaborate on how wonderful this is:

    1. There is only half of a book. Anthropology is divided up into 4 main components and somehow the linguistics section is missing.

    2. Not only is it half a book, it is not bound. It is looseleaf with a three hole punch. So, I had to not only buy the book but something to house said loose papers.

    3. The quality of the paper is akin to the cheap paper you buy at Office Max.

    4. About thirty pages of text is clearly copied. They are in black and white whereas the pictures should be in color. I also have a few blank pages in there.

    I paid over 50 bucks for this monstrosity and I am not happy (that is not including the binder I had to buy).

    I so want to complain and let them know from a student standpoint, their service sucks.
     
  2. Sokar Rostau

    Sokar Rostau IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Messages:
    3,142
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Are you sure you're talking about a textbook and not a course reader?

    I bought a course reader for ~$30 for my Media Ethics class and it has 200 photocopied pages from about 20 different journals and books. I don't have an issue with it because the pdf's were put on webCT and I couldn't be bothered printing them out (it would have cost the same). It was a huge time saver for me especially when I discovered that the relevant chapeter from a book I needed for my final essay was in the reader, saving my arse because some bastard hasn't returned it to the library yet. At least mine was produced by the university and was bound.
     
  3. Yaboosh

    Yaboosh IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Messages:
    5,401
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    347
    I have 300 pages of reading to do for this coming week for one of my classes, and it is all copied from various sources. The main problem is the quality. It is so blurry that upon printing, it is nigh impossible to read. So not only do I have a huge amount of research to read through, that is already ridiculously hard to translate into english, but the actual text is ridiculously hard to read. Stupid class.
     
  4. Amra

    Amra IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2003
    Messages:
    7,255
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    472
    You should complain. That sounds so unfair to you.
     
  5. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    12,940
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Lots of professors do this to save on cost. The whole book may have run you $150 or more, which probably also would have brought you here complaining.

    I've had professors do this, and I appreciate the fact that they saved me $100 on a book I'd probably sell back to the bookstore anyway.
     
  6. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Anthropology would NEVER come close to your price.
     
  7. PatMaGroin

    PatMaGroin IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    4,846
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    466
    That book probably would've gone for 150 USED if it were complete, I'd be thankful for the cost, but I can definitely see where you're coming from with the quality.
     
  8. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Oh no..my biology book was only a bit over 110 bucks. No LER class has that expensive of a book.
     
  9. PatMaGroin

    PatMaGroin IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2004
    Messages:
    4,846
    Likes Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    466
    My physics book was 140 used, Calculus was 120 used, my computer class was 110 used.

    So far I've spent more on books than I have on tuition (scholarship).
     
  10. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    12,940
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Bwah? A simple Amazon search of Anthropology text books from high price to low price returned quite a few expensive books - over $150.
     
  11. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Not for an intro class.
     
  12. superdave

    superdave IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
    Messages:
    12,416
    Likes Received:
    75
    Trophy Points:
    472
    sorry...i am ranted out for the night...i spent the afternoon accusing proctor and gamble of providing terrorists with WMD's...they of course are denying any involvement with terrorist cells in canada...i think they are going to send me coupons for free chips if i shut up. :jig:

    http://forums.diabloii.net/showpost.php?p=4808910&postcount=9039
     
  13. Bortaz

    Bortaz Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2003
    Messages:
    11,312
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    0
    $140 used for General Biology, plus $98 for a new lab manual.
    $92 for Microcomputer Apps book, plus $64 for Office 2003 manual.
    $128 for Lifespan Growth and Development book.
     
  14. zodiac66

    zodiac66 IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,966
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    467
    I am complaining about the quality for the price.
     
  15. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    12,940
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Now, I'm just going out on a limb here, but I'd assume the price is so high because the professor has pulled material from more than one source and has to pay royalties or whatever to the authors of the sources used.
     
  16. superdave

    superdave IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
    Messages:
    12,416
    Likes Received:
    75
    Trophy Points:
    472
    the angle i would use is the late delivery....tell them you don't need it anymore because that part of the class is finished...if it was me i would just run the thing though my photocopier(it has a sheet feeder and a collator)...make a dozen copies and sell to my classmates for 1/2 price....yes i know you can go to hell for copyright infringement. :devil:

    it can't hurt to see if you can get some $ back...wait until there is some nub kid working and put the fear of zodi into him. :evil:
     
  17. Yaboosh

    Yaboosh IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Messages:
    5,401
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    347
    Regardless of any differences here, I think we can ALL agree that it really blows having to pay this much for a shoddy product. Textbooks are all overpriced, especially if you use the university bookstores.
     
  18. Bortaz

    Bortaz Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2003
    Messages:
    11,312
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Especially when they continually change "editions" each semester, and won't buy the old ones back from you, after shafting you with the price in the first place.
     
  19. AeroJonesy

    AeroJonesy IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    12,940
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    467
    Agreed. Textbook prices blow in general. And I'm sitting next to a bookshelf with 8 law textbooks, 1 law supplement, and 12 engineering texbooks.

    I'd rather have my $2000 back...
     
  20. superdave

    superdave IncGamers Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2004
    Messages:
    12,416
    Likes Received:
    75
    Trophy Points:
    472
    i was cheap(poor actually) when i went to university...i usually made due with the previous year's text...i found out the hard way the first semester that their buy back policy was a joke.
     

Share This Page