Textbook Controversy

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

One e-mail is stirring some controversy between two competing bookstores on and off the East Carolina Campus.

Wanda Scarborough with Dowdy Student Stores at ECU says an e-mail was sent to university professors from competing company, beat the bookstore, claiming Dowdy did not have chem 1151 lab manuals in stock. However, Scarborough says the lab books were indeed in stock. She says beat the bookstore intentionally put out this false information in order to boost sales.

Scarborough says, in fact two shipments of the lab manuals were sent to dowdy around the time of the email. Owners of beat the bookstore did not want to go on camera, but told WITN's Audrey Washington off camera, that a staff member did send the email.

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  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    yes they are a ripoff especially when the manufactor bundles them and your instructor does not use the other books in the bundle.
  • by re: ecu student Location: eastern nc on Aug 21, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    same here! i think at the end of it my books totaled close to my tuition! tuition was 572, and books were 525! its stupid!
  • by ECU Student Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    All I know, either way textbooks are a rip off. I bought four books for a total of $492.00
  • by confused Location: eastern nc on Aug 21, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    so this is news why? im SURE this happens ALL the time...just now time are hard and the company speaks out about it.

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