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For a while there I didn’t think I was going to get into the accounting class I wanted. I signed up for the waitlist as soon as I could, but even after the tuition deadline nobody was dropping out. Apparently people signed up for a 200-level accounting course are able to manage their finances well enough to cover tuition. Imagine that.

Earlier this week, checking on the waitlist, I grumbled “They’ve got enough people waitlisted to fill another class.”

I wasn’t the only one who noticed that; a day or two later I got a notice that a second class had been opened and the waitlisted people were all signed up for it. Woo hoo!

So I went off to buy a second textbook. I’m already signed up for a history class, just because it looked interesting (and I was afraid I wouldn’t get the accounting class, so I wanted to take something). My history book was $170 at the bookstore ($130 used); I rented it from for $60.

My accounting book? That one costs $211 at the bookstore ($158 used). I searched and found a (new!) copy for under $60.

Same books, half the price. Why do I feel like the textbook market is a bit of a racket?

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