August 24, 2004

I need a Magic 8 Ball

The thing about dilemmas is that they are occasionally paralyzing, especially if there is a flow chart of alternatives to consider. Take this semester's classes, for instance. It turns out that the class I did so poorly on this summer is not listed as an elective in one place where one can find the online catalog and requirements, but is listed in another place where one can find the online catalog and requirements. So should I take two classes this semester, or only one (which is all I need to complete my electives if this summer's class counts)? Then there's the textbook thing. The College bookstore charges WAY more for used copies than Amazon.com does. But since used texts from Amazon don't come from Amazon but from the sellers, how can I be sure that I'll get the 13th ed. rather than the 12th ed.? Plus, this late in the process the school bookstore probably doesn't even have any used copies anymore, so I'll have to cough up the whole $130....per book! And then there's the whole crystal ball thing--If I had one, I'd never have signed up for this summer's class to begin with, so while optimistically I think I can handle two classes this Fall, what if there's another unexpected work-related disaster that effects my school work?

So I need to email my advisor, who may not even be my advisor anymore since he was promoted to Dean of Something Or Other, and see if he thinks that the summer class counts....

I know from experience that whatever decision I make will be the wrong one (and even if I elect to pursue the opposite of what I have decided in order to make the right decision, it will turn out that, in that case, that the original decision was the right one and the opposite was the wrong one) so I'm pretty much screwed.

Posted by Susie at August 24, 2004 11:45 AM
Comments

I was just skimming 'till I got to the 'screwed' part. Did I miss something? ;)

Posted by: Ted at August 24, 2004 02:15 PM

I've had nothing but good experiences ordering texts online... what I usually do is copy down the ISBN numbers off of the books I need, and then toss them into BestBookBuys.com - though the best deals usually do point to either Amazon.com or Half.com.

Just a couple of examples - I got a $120 math text for $25, and a $60 art text for $8.
Definately worth saving the cash, and if you need the books quick, it seems most sellers offer to upgrade it to priority shipping for a couple dollars more.
(BTW, this is also a great way to sell the books when you're done with them - you can usually make more than the bookstore would buy them back for, while at the same time letting somebody else in turn buy them for cheap).

As far as the wondering if you should take a chance on there being another "work disaster" that will cause you to miss classes, personally I think you should just take your chances and go for it - don't let the "what if"s keep you from your goal :)

Posted by: S at August 24, 2004 09:25 PM

Geez, now my head hurts! I've made it through many classes with the previous edition - no biggie, do it! Never pay bookstore prices!

Posted by: Rich at August 24, 2004 11:09 PM

As long as you get a good screwing out of it, it can't be ALL bad ;-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 25, 2004 12:26 AM

I go through Amazon for all my school books and have never had any trouble with them. They all list the edition so there shouldn't be problems with what your getting.

It's amazing the price difference, as S mentioned above.

And since none of my classes are on campus I don't have to make that trip to campus just to buy a book.

Posted by: Machelle at August 25, 2004 08:03 AM

Well, Half.com had my text for $5 cheaper, but it was such a nightmare trying to check out (no, I don't want an ebay membership, thank you!) that I went back to Amazon and paid the extra 5 bucks... I hope I get it by Monday!

Posted by: Susie at August 25, 2004 12:46 PM

OMG - you don't use Ebay? :O

Posted by: S at August 26, 2004 08:54 PM