The Course Book Rush is Coming! 10 Insider Tips for Shopping at Book Culture:

August 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again!

Okay students — here it is:

Ten Insider Tips for Shopping at Book Culture during Rush:

To help you navigate the course book buying process, we’ve gathered these handy tips that should help to ensure a successful shopping experience when you visit the store:

1). The Keyword: Professor’s Last Name!
Forget about course numbers! Don’t worry about authors! The most important piece of information you can walk in our door with is your professor’s last name. As long as your professor ordered from us, we’ll be able to tell you what books you need and where they are.

2.) Surf the Web: Visit Book Culture Online Before You Buy
Want to know what books your teacher has ordered? Just hop on the web and check out our online course book section, where you can browse all our course listings. We update this information daily during rush.

3.) Successful Searching: Finding Your Way Around the Store
There are a lot of books in our store. How exactly are you supposed to find your course books? First of all, we keep course books separate from the regular sections. Secondly, we organize them by department and, within that, alphabetically by professor’s last name, the all-important keyword! For our purposes, we group some departments together (for instance, you’ll find SIPA classes in our Political Science dept. and writing classes in English). We put up lots of signs to help direct you, but it can still be confusing. So, please ask for help! We have a team of friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find your books.

4) Save More Than Time: Hunt for Used Books First
Know where to look to save money while you shop. We stock as many used course books as we can get our hands on. Look for used copies right next to the new copies under your course listing. Also, check out the stacks of used course books on the stairs – you might find just the book you need. You can save a lot of money getting used textbooks, but get them early. The used books go fast and once they’re gone, we can’t easily restock them.

5.) Seek…and If You Don’t Find: Ask For Help
If you find your class shelf, but the book you need isn’t there, don’t despair, and don’t leave! Ask a staff member for help. We may well be able to rustle up a copy for you. You never know – we might have a carton of that very title just being unpacked. If we’re really out of stock, we can give you an idea of when to expect it in and now you can even sign up to be notified when it arrives.

6.) The Red Card: Receive an Email When Your Book Arrives
If we don’t have your book in stock, we’ll email you when it comes in! Just grab one of the new Red Cards, fill it out and give it to a staff member or drop it in the designated box. We’ll contact you when the book comes in. We are always looking for ways to provide a higher level of service – and we hope that our new Red Card notification system will make it more convenient for you to come back to Book Culture for all your textbook needs.

7.) Crowd Buster: Shop Early
The crowds won’t descend until the first day of classes (September 2), so — to avoid long lines at the register, do your shopping during the long-weekend before classes begin. Shelves will be the neatest they’ll be all semester, and you’ll find a fresh and eager team of booksellers waiting to help. There are also select quiet times, even during rush — If you’re a morning person, come by at 9:00 a.m. when we open, or in the evening between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.

8.) Remember Our Return Policy
Full refunds will be granted for course books for the Fall Semester, in the same condition as purchased, with a receipt until 09/16/2008. After this date our standard policy of 10 days from date of purchase for store credit only will resume.

9.) Fast Cash: Don’t Forget Buybacks!
Remember how you can earn cash! Sell your books back to us at the end of the semester (or at any other time) and receive up to 25% of the book’s retail value in cash or up to 40% in store credit. The more books you sell us the more used books we’ll have available to students in the future.

10) You Are Making a Difference: Shopping with us is smart.
By shopping at Book Culture to shop you: a) Save money on shipping costs and shop tax free for your textbooks; b) Minimize your carbon footprint and reduce fossil fuel waste involved in shipping books that are bought online; c) Ensure that the neighborhood’s economy remains strong by choosing to shop local; d) Keep the Columbia community vibrant and unique by supporting our independent business.

Thank YOU for your support of US.


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