Volume II, Issue 1           Monday, February 16th, 2004           Florida State University - Panama Student E-Zine

The FSU Used Book System
By Tomas Garcia

Photo by Elysia Beech

     The first time I entered the FSU Campus in PanamŠ I noticed the presence of various announcements in the boards around the building. Back then I didnít bother to read the information in the papers clipped to the board, but soon I would pay attention to every one last of them as I searched for used books.

     Any student of the FSU will have noticed the exorbitant prices of the books. Buying books whose price is $120 for your Liberal Arts program isnít exactly the best investment. After all, many of the books students buy to satisfy their Liberal Arts Program are never going to be used again. This is especially true after the student decides on a major, since the Liberal Arts Program is just a broad compilation of general and basic subjects.

     Soon, however, I discovered that some students went as far as photocopying books in an effort to reduce the cost of their college expenses. The price of the books affects the students: it is a fact. But how does it affect the administration? And on what basis does the university determine the price of books?

     Professor Giaconda Davis suggested the price of the books affects the administration in the same way it affects the students. The bookstore loses customers due to the resale of used books, the photocopying of books, and the arrival of new editions, which render the older editions useless. She advises the university to develop a system through which the bookstore can resell student books. In this system, the bookstore would work as a middle-man between students.

     Professor Davis idea isnít farfetched. Professor Langoni has realized that the price of books are extremely high, so he has figured out the best way to deal with the administrationís losses and the losses of the students is the resale of books in the bookstore. He explained that the high prices are the result of bookís price and the high transportation fee. When books are resold, there are no transportation fees, although it might well be that the bookstore would need more personnel to control the pricing of used books.

     Professor Langoni has started to make plans to rearrange the bookstore system. We can expect the used books system to be implemented within a couple of semesters. Maybe the arrival of next Spring will bring the renewed hope of cheaper books to a new generation of students hungering for knowledge at a reasonable price.

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