“On my campus, there are students who’ll buy a psychology textbook that’s selling new at the bookstore for $160, buy it online for $26 and sell it back to the store for $69. A lot of kids are making it a cottage industry.”
— Student Eric Cope of South Central College in Faribault, speaking in a student-leader seminar today on textbooks.
(OK, I’m not sure whether that was a case of arbitrage, but work with me here.)
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.