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Competitive textbook pricing helps UA students pinch pennies

Competitive textbook pricing helps UA students pinch pennies

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Aug 26, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Monday, tens of thousands of University of Arizona students will head to their first classes toting their most expensive accessory: Their textbooks.

UA estimates each student spends around $1,000 each year on books. Some students try to save money by purchasing books online through retailers like Amazon.com.

But UA Bookstores is fighting to keep its customers with its low-price guarantee.

"If they see it at a lower price than what our current price is at the bookstore, they can buy it from the bookstore, bring the receipt in to us, and we'll give them the difference back," Chris Schaffer explained.

Students can search for their textbooks on the bookstore website and see real-time pricing for that exact book online in the search.

The bookstore hopes the convenience will keep customers in-house and help students and their parents save a little money.


Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.