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Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University Students Assn. Volume 40 Number 2. Feb 7 1977

Discontent over Bookshop

Discontent over Bookshop

Dear Sir,

Further to Richard Bohmer's complaint concerning the Victoria Bookcentre.

We encountered similar problems when buying History book — extra books on the list which are not required.

Worse still many of the prices are higher at Victoria Bookcentre than at Whitcoulls (which also gives 10% discount on most texts despite the fact that this was Not mentioned in the Orientation handbook [censorship?]).

For example, a German text (correct publisher available at Whitcoulls for $1.25 less 10%) was selling at Victoria Bookcentre (different publisher) for $9.10 less 10%!!

The Victoria Bookcentre was ostensibly estab-necessary for the course, we will be pleased to prices. Obviously the profit motive has overshadowed this aim and they are now intent on ripping us off. Or the students, by the students for the students????!!!!!!!

Alison Steel,

Lloyd Jenkins,

Sue Hirst


Dear Editor,

Concerning Victoria University of Wellington's famed bookcentre, I was amazed and extremely annoyed to find my textbooks separated into little piles of "German" and "non-German" texts by the cashier. Subsequently a 10% discount was taken from the "non-German" books, whilst I paid full price for the German ones. Considering the high price already because of importing costs, I don't see why we students should be forced to fork out the whole sum when asked, the cashier mumbled something about an "agreement with the importers" — very vague. Whitcoull's obligingly still give 10% discount. Something must be done — at least an explanation, a satisfactory explanation is necessary!

J. Hounsell.