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Quantum v. Coop


I am writing concerning the “Where to Buy Textbooks” chart that was published in the Aug. 29 issue of The Tech. There are two corrections you should make in the listing for Quantum Books. First, we carry EECS, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Business, and other texts. Second is the comment regarding price which states “comparable to the COOP after discount.” Here are a few examples of significantly lower prices on new textbooks:

McMurry’s “Organic Chemistry with Study Guide & Solutions Manual Bundle” (ISBN 0-534-62481-2),
List price: $145, Coop price: $155, Quantum price: $138;

Atkins’ “Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight” (ISBN 0-7167-5701-X),
List price: $151.55, Coop price: $139.75, Quantum price: $99;

Atkins’ “Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight” package with student study guide and solutions manual,
Coop price: $177.00, Quantum price: $144.20

While it is true that the differences may not be this great on all items, these are certainly substantial enough to warrant a short walk down the block. And even $2.00 to $5.00 a book on other items can add up over a semester’s worth of books. If I could give a message to the students it would be this: Comparison shop, and compare values online and in the neighborhood. You may need to invest a little extra time but there are definitely bargains to be had if you take a little time to check things out.

June Kapitan

Quantum Books

[Ed. note: A correction in the Sept. 2 issue addressed the types of books sold by Quantum.]