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Old 08-05-2006, 04:36 PM
Jacqueline DiLorenzo
 
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I have another question, haha.

I was looking at drewbooks.com, and it doesn't seem like any of the textbooks that are being sold are the correct editions I need, according to the bookstore. Is there really a big difference between 1 or 2 editions of the same textbook? In other words, would it matter if I bought the 6th or 7th edition ('cause it was cheaper) when I was supposed to get the 8th?

Also, is the bookstore correct in listing only one book for Intro to Psychology?
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:08 PM
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I wrote an email to the OC about a month ago and they said it's probabaly a good idea to wait and buy books after you get to school and that way ur moved in and know for sure what books you need.
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:48 PM
Dia O'Neil
 
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hrm...i'd stick with the edition listed, sadly enough. with fields like soc and psych and anth, especially, you're going to have lots of new field data and case studies in the newer editions - especially when the publishing dates are five and ten years apart. i know it's painful, but check out amazon and ebay and half.com and you SHOULD be able to find the books for at least slightly less than the cover price.

as for waiting, there are pros and cons to that strategy. pros - sometimes professors change what books are needed, and you don't want to end up buying more than you need. this hasn't ever happened to me, but i know people it has happened to.

cons - if you wait TOO long, the cheap books will have all been scarfed up and you'll end up paying full price anyway. or they won't arrive until a week or two into classes, and in many classes, you'll need all your books from the first day onward. i prefer to start early and grab all of my books for ridiculously low prices. and remember - when you're done with them, you can always sell them [but NEVER to the bookstore unless you want to be royally ripped off]. also, rest assured knowing that, unless you're going to be a science major, prices for books generally go down the higher level classes you take. intro level classes want you to have textbooks that cost a fortune - upper level classes generally require one or two $15 novel-length books. as with many things, it gets easier as you go along
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:33 AM
Jackie DiLorenzo
 
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hrm...i'd stick with the edition listed, sadly enough. with fields like soc and psych and anth, especially, you're going to have lots of new field data and case studies in the newer editions - especially when the publishing dates are five and ten years apart. i know it's painful, but check out amazon and ebay and half.com and you SHOULD be able to find the books for at least slightly less than the cover price.

What iiiiiiif... I needed the 7th editon of a sociology book, and online it's going for $40 (used), yet the 6th edition is $7? Haha...

ETA: who can we email about bookstore-related queries?

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:20 AM
Dia O'Neil
 
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What iiiiiiif... I needed the 7th editon of a sociology book, and online it's going for $40 (used), yet the 6th edition is $7? Haha...

ETA: who can we email about bookstore-related queries?

painful, isn't it? :-/ i mean, you can always try your luck and just tell the professor you were sent the wrong edition, and hope that he/she understands and says it's okay, or that you find someone who will share, or that it's not THAT different. but i'd say that, since it's a soc book, there will be a lot of differences between them, and you WILL use it often [unlike in, say, a comp sci class where the book costs about $80 and you NEVER use it...glad i got a good deal on mine]. remember, it's only $7 because no one uses it anymore :-p

as for bookstore queries...i'm not really sure. it's probably on the bookstore site somewhere? you could probably find someone here to answer it, though. the bookstore's pretty predictable, heehee.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:07 PM
Jackie DiLorenzo
 
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painful, isn't it? :-/ i mean, you can always try your luck and just tell the professor you were sent the wrong edition, and hope that he/she understands and says it's okay, or that you find someone who will share, or that it's not THAT different. but i'd say that, since it's a soc book, there will be a lot of differences between them, and you WILL use it often [unlike in, say, a comp sci class where the book costs about $80 and you NEVER use it...glad i got a good deal on mine]. remember, it's only $7 because no one uses it anymore :-p

as for bookstore queries...i'm not really sure. it's probably on the bookstore site somewhere? you could probably find someone here to answer it, though. the bookstore's pretty predictable, heehee.

I need the ISBN number for a book called Muhammed... I searched it on Amazon and got, oh, five trillion results. Also, the 3rd edition of a book that's listed doesn't seem to exist... and another book I can't find anywhere.


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Also, it's going to be a pain in the ass if the pages are differently numbered which they probably are. I started buying my books, all on half.com, and ive still spent about 140 on three books.... thank you science classes....

Go half.com. I'm at around $140 on 8 books... which is truly awesome. But yeah, good point about page numbering.
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:24 PM
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I used Amazon. I saved a bit of money. But some books I got from the bookstore
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Old 08-05-2006, 07:43 PM
Dia O'Neil
 
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see above post. only use the drew bookstore as a last resort.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:56 PM
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Should we wait to get our books when we are in orientation or should we go to Drew with them in hand?
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