Rise in bookstore prices come at students expense

By jacob kowalski • September 23, 2016 • 6:05 a.m.

Over the summer Barnes and Noble took over operation of the UConn bookstore, which had been the UConn Co-op for over 40 years.  The student body was assured that the prices of books would not rise with this change, and this has held more or less true for the fall semester. However, what many students have noticed is that the price of many other items has increased. Items from school supplies to UConn apparel have increased across the board.

    When the UConn Co-op was here, their prices were determined by operating costs alone. The Co-op was nonprofit, and so their prices were not intended to augment paychecks but rather pay the cost of running the store. Enter Barnes and Noble, a large for-profit corporation that has to pay to rent the physical building (the Co-op did not). It should be no surprise that prices were increased to meet these new parameters. The change in textbook prices would have been met with scrutiny and a likely backlash, while the prices of other items would not be seen as being of equal importance.