By Anonymous - United Kingdom - Aberystwyth
Today, after waiting two weeks for an email with my online textbook access code, it still hadn't arrived in time for my quiz tomorrow, so I ended up spending most of my money on the expensive physical copy. Not long after I got back home, the email finally arrived. FML
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  JMichael  |  25

That's how they get you. Wait till the minute you crack and pay an excess amount of money for a book you're going to use for 1 semester and then they come through.

  Fuaaad1994  |  31

That's why I prefer just looking for the PDF files instead, I normally only need a few pages of the textbook and I'm not going to fork out loads of money for it.

  SammyS2012  |  21

especially ebook versions of textbooks! theres no manufacturing cost, and yet, many times, theyre even more expensive than the print!

OP, next time, call the company you purchased the online access from. they can manually send you the email if there is a long delay, ive done it beforw

  BrotherPhil  |  32

The cost of making the physical product is only part of the cost, even with shipping, etc - most of the production cost is in labour, licensing, etc. This has to be spent whether they print or offer downloads, and specialist books have smaller print runs to spread the cost over. The prices are still the sort of ripoff you only get in a seller'a market, though, and journals are even worse.

  fantasyworld  |  37

It's better to look on Amazon for textbooks. For book buy back they gave me six dollars for one textbook and they didn't take a couple books for some reason. College textbooks are ripoffs.

  QuixoticFox  |  12

#15, Just shop around for the best price while renting books! I rent most of my books I have no intent ever using again, but do have the option to buy at the end of the term if needed. It is far more cost effective as long as you do not go directly through the school. Third party is best in this case!

By  cricketsins  |  36

I would've contacted Customer Support a lot earlier in reference to the email. If it makes you feel any better, most of the time you can get a refund if you haven't taken the plastic off the book.

Personally, I think renting used books is the way to go.