Volume 93, Issue 99

Wednesday, April 5, 2000


NEWS

Rez move-in day up in the air

BookStore hops on the used book bandwagon

Students get pat on the back

Kissel to school Ottawa as CASA president

Western professors celebrate excellence

Council chooses new benefactor of funds

Western to talk MRI

Microsoft appeals U.S. court ruling

Bass Ackwards

BookStore hops on the used book bandwagon



By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

The BookStore will now be buying and selling used textbooks in an attempt to increase its service to students.

Starting tomorrow, the BookStore will be providing a buy back service for students, said Gail Murray, course books manager for the BookStore, which is owned by the university.

This service would allow students to sell their used books to the BookStore for 50 per cent of the original price, providing the textbooks were in good condition, Murray said, adding the BookStore would re-sell the textbooks to students for 75 per cent of the cost.

"The students have requested this for some time," she said. "It's a good thing for students."

Murray said the idea of a buy back program has been around for some time and was announced to the University Students' Council in February of this year.

"We were a little bit shocked," said Renate Wald, manager of the Used Book Store, which is run by the USC. She said the UBS has two services for students. One is a buy back service and the other is consignment, which allows students to sell their textbooks at their own price, but with a small fee to the store.

Wald said the BookStore's new service would result in competition between the two stores which are located across from each other in the University Community Centre.

"We were a little surprised. It's in our opinion it's in contravention to our agreement [with the university]," said SzeJack Tan, USC president. "I'll be following up with [Western's VP-administration, Peter] Mercer."

Tan said he hoped the university could live up to the agreement, made when the UCC was expanding. The agreement outlined which services the USC and administration could provide for the students, he said.

"I'm hoping [the BookStore] will stop the whole business of buying back books," Tan said.

Mercer said the USC and administration have a difference of opinion about the new service. The BookStore suggested this service, as there was no previous one in place, he said, adding there was therefore no violation of the agreement.

"We thought the agreement was clear with the university," Wald said. She added the UBS has had the option of buying back books for the past 20 years but the service was not over-emphasized, as the consignment option allowed students to make more money.

"They don't know what goes on in our operation," Wald said, of administration.


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