Bookstore rewrites cash policy

By Rene Bodack

The University of Calgary Bookstore no longer pays cash for used books from students; the money is instead transferred to the student’s account making it necessary for students to bring a debit card when selling books.

Bookstore manager Brent Beatty said the change is a reproduction of the system at other Canadian universities and is meant to increase the safety and security of students. He mentioned the money could also be transferred to a credit card, but debit cards are preferred. The policy comes into effect in April.

The Bookstore buys back used books in a corner desk in the basement of MacEwan Student Centre. Books accepted at the Bookstore are bought back for 50 per cent. Those needed at other Canadian universities yield 30 per cent and others bought by American wholesalers earn 10-30 per cent, added Beatty.

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