OSU makes it easier for students to compare textbook prices

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Oregon State University bookstore

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jeff Burrow dreads the beginning of a new term.

"About each term I spend around $400 to $500 on textbooks," he said. "My heart just drops every time I look at that screen seeing how much I have to pay."

And he's not alone. "In the past, I've spent $500 to $600 dollars a term on books," said student Allie Spathas.

But now the Oregon State University Beaver Bookstore is making it a little easier for students to find the best deal.

"They can see the prices that we have for new, used and rental books as well as prices for other online marketplaces like amazon marketplace or half.com," said bookstore CEO Steve Eckrich.

He said Oregon State is one of a handful of schools around the country with the price comparison technology.

Students can go to the bookstore's website, look up the textbook they want to purchase.

"What it's designed to do is give a price transparency to our students here at OSU," said Eckrich. "So that they can see the prices that we have for new, used and rental books, as well as the prices for other online marketplaces like Amazon marketplace and half.com."

Burrow said he's used the new program and likes it. "I think it is convenient I mean just compare prices and save money."

And if another place has a cheaper price? "That's fine because what we're trying to do is really get our students the lowest price," said Eckrich.
 
The bookstore also offers another new low cost option for students, textbook rentals.

"They have to go on through our website. they can do their rental transaction. Our partner ships it to them, they return is back to us at the end of the term," said academic materials manager James Howard.

Burrow agrees it's a good way to save a buck.

"This term I rented and i saved about $120 renting a textbook, so it's really helpful," said Burrow.