Accepted Profiteering

I have to buy books for my classes this week.  Because of a work schedule, I’m only doing two classes at the moment, thank god, because otherwise my textbooks would bankrupt me.  It’s looking like Abnormal Psych and Biology will cost me about $300 for books.  Used.  As in, not new.  As in, somebody else paid more.  As in, these books have been sold, resold, and possibly resold prior.  As in, somebody before me spend the $150 asking price for a used copy of a book that somebody prior to that spent $180 on new.  

I’ve given up on torrenting things.  I pay for movies, music, and all that fun crap.  I like the artists I buy from and want them to keep making more music that I can enjoy.  I want them to be successful, financially, so that they don’t feel they have to give up their dreams and seek another line of work to make ends meet.  I want them to know that there are people who want to support them financially for their creative output, so I put my money where my mouth is. 

That said, this kind of extreme profiteering makes me wonder if there’s the same amount of torrenting going on for school books as there is for music and movies.  Do people trade in knowledge the same way they do in entertainment?  I could understand why.  If I had a full schedule, the cost of my books, per semester, could easily reach $1,000.  This type of shit almost makes me want to pirate shit again.


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