The Great Books vs Beer Debate
September 22, 2003: it's September and a new academic year is beginning. Students across the county are setting off from home, and while many will have planned their finances sensibly for the new academic year, consciences are about to be tested by the most difficult of academic quandaries.
New research revealed today by the Amazon.co.uk Books v Beer survey shows that when budgeting their finances for the new academic year, students plan to spend a staggering £311 million of their annual income on textbooks to support their studies--seemingly reflecting the conscientious nature of the UK's student population.
However, the reality is very different; figures reveal that what they actually spend on textbooks is over £176 million during the academic year and Amazon.co.uk's research highlights that £135 million of book money is actually siphoned off by pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars in student towns throughout the country.
In what social commentators have identified as the growing phenomena of "Beer Pressure" amongst students, the survey reveals that the average student is spending 43% of their planned book money on booze and going out. One in 10 students say they end up spending no money at all on books and only 12% confirm that they will spend all the money they had planned to on textbooksThe End to the Debate?
Modern technology has provided a solution to this student dilemma. The Marketplace service at Amazon.co.uk (www.amazon.co.uk/marketplace) enables students to buy second-hand textbooks cheaply and to earn cash by selling their old textbooks when they are no longer needed.
Based on average figures, Amazon.co.uk's Marketplace service can save students around £100 when buying all recommended items on their reading list second hand. This is the equivalent of:
Second-hand textbooks that are in good condition normally sell for around 67% of the original book price, so students can raise significant funds by selling their old textbooks on Amazon.co.uk's Marketplace service.Political Poll
Amazon.co.uk's survey also showed that students are outraged at the cost of their student study. A staggering 91% of students in the UK believe the cost of textbooks should be subsidised by the government. However, only 28% of students would consider voting Tory, even if they paid towards textbooks.Full Findings of the Great Books vs Beer Debate
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