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Are Students Being Priced Out Of a Higher Education? [White Paper]

Posted by Dean Asher on 6/22/16 5:00 AM

Whether they like it or not, students are most likely going to need their textbooks if they want to be as successful as possible in their pursuit of higher education. But with the costs of both tuition and course materials rising exponentially above the rate of inflation, are students able to afford to be successful? According to figures from the United States Department of Labor and, from 1986 to 2014, overall inflation rose by 115%, but tuition and fees increased by 365% and college textbooks have gone up by 82% in just the last 10 years.

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6 Dream Upgrades for Modern College Stores

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 6/6/16 4:00 AM

Have you ever thought about what you'd include in your store if you could buy and install whatever you'd like? Maybe you'd start with a security upgrade, or perhaps you'd want a brand new POS - it's up to you! If you haven't, check out this list and see if there's anything you might want to add to that wish list of yours. Check out our list

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Educate Faculty about Adoptions [Marketing Materials]

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/24/16 1:30 AM

When faculty members submit their adoptions on time (or early), your students have more opportunities to save when they purchase their course materials the following term. To make it easier for you to communicate the important role your faculty play in the price of textbooks, we've rounded up a selection of the free resources we've created over the past couple of years. Browse the materials below and simply click on each image to download each item or set.

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Campus Marketplaces: Beating 'em by Joining 'em

Posted by Dean Asher on 1/13/16 10:00 PM

We've all been there. You hear rumblings about a new website or service advertising itself on your campus as the latest, best and only student-oriented, free marketplace for selling books, apparel and other items directly to other local students.

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Spread the Word on Student Savings

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 7/1/15 10:37 AM

You and your staff know all the ways you try to provide cost-savings in the bookstore. But do your students or the campus? Probably not. Maybe they have some vague idea, but rare is the student that is fully aware of all the ways you help them save and has not bought into the myth that college bookstores are wildly overpriced. So with that in mind, we want you to get out there and educate them; show them what they don’t know!

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Show 'em Why to Buy at the Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on 4/7/15 11:00 PM

You go out of your way to make sure that you give your customers a wide range of affordable merchandise — including providing a variety of ways to buy the course materials they need.

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Hack Into Savings

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/1/14 3:30 AM

From guaranteed buyback to renting books to providing everyday supplies, there’s a ton of things your store does to make life easier for students. But when students need a handy tip for an everyday problem, more and more are turning to the web for a certain type of advice.

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WCC Bookstore Helps Make Textbooks More Affordable

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 3/16/14 11:00 PM

When students think of their college bookstore, many simply see dollar signs, thinking only of the place they go to spend money on textbooks. So, as collegiate retailers, you have to work extra hard to change that perception. Waubonsee Community College Bookstore recently came up with a contest that helped prove their dedication to affordability.

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Columbus State Community College Promotes Textbook Affordability

Posted by admin on 11/10/13 10:00 PM

In recent years, the rising cost of textbooks has caught the attention of everyone from government agencies to the media. But, college stores have been taking action against the issue for years, ensuring they offer the lowest prices possible to their students. Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has been at the forefront of the movement, doing all that they can to provide the best value; and they have faculty, students, administration and, of course, bookstore staff members, involved in the effort.

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Forty-Niner Shops Plays Defense with Price Match Guarantee

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on 9/9/12 11:00 PM

There’s no doubt that students are savvy shoppers. In fact, comparing textbook prices has become an increasingly standard practice and the most proactive college stores have responded with more competitive pricing. Taking that commitment to transparency even further, Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., is now offering price matching during rush this fall.

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