THe Chronicle’s View: Chance for Students to Save Money

How do you spell relief?

According the Associated Students of the University of Utah, the answer?found on 1,300 strategically placed posters and 10,000 flyers around campus?is “b-o-o-k-e x-c-h-a-n-g-e.”

The concept of the book exchange has been around for quite some time, and the idea that one can thrive online for U students holds enormous promise.

Though this nascent service cannot replace the Bookstore overnight, the online book exchange will provide students with a viable alternative.

The system will allow students to sell books for more than the U Bookstore pays, and buy books for less than what the Bookstore designates as the price.

The translation for those not well-versed in economics? The book exchange will save students money.

In light of the impending tuition hike, as well as the continual financial struggle of the average student, it will behoove the student population to take notice of the signs around campus.

However, they’ll need to keep a keen eye, as always with ASUU’s efforts, to navigate their way to the book exchange that ASUU’s advertisements boast of.

The signs, generously plastered across campus, mislead observers.

The Web site that students need to go to in order to participate in the exchange is written in minuscule letters at the top of the signs.

In a font that is decidedly twice as large is the name of the Web site that sponsored the endeavor. This is not the site for the book exchange.

Inevitably, there will be other glitches in the process of initiation and sustaining an online book exchange.

There is the looming threat of online fraud, not to mention the possibility of a transaction failure from one student to another.

However, if students are aware of these hazards, the benefits of the online exchange will outweigh the disadvantages.

The mention of buying school books sours any conversation. However, by capitalizing on this new opportunity, U students will lay the foundation for a service that will be a staple in the U students’ book-buying future.