Discount Textbooks will be closing its doors, after the owner posted a note on the store’s door earlier this school year announcing the closing.
According to the sign, the store would be closed until further notice. No explanation was provided.
Discount Textbooks was located on Cherry Street next to Mexico Viejo, right across from campus. Kade Rexwinkel, former Discount Textbooks employee and USD graduate, said he doesn’t feel like enough students took advantage of the discount store.
“Honestly I just don’t think everybody knew about it,” Rexwinkel said. “I also just think every brick and mortar bookstore has probably been affected by online textbook sales.”
Cody Senn, senior political science major and former discount textbook employee, agreed with Rexwinkel and said that the store saw competition with new one book ordering options such as Chegg and Amazon. However, he said the store often offered huge sales on textbooks and said not enough students took advantage.
“There was sometimes discounts up to $50 or more dollars difference,” Senn said. “On top of the price discrepancy, the discount bookstore was more honest about what was needed for the class and what was recommended based on the staff’s personal experience, since most of us were students.”
Senn said he is sad to see the textbook store close and said he believes USD is losing a valuable resource.
“The textbook store was run like a well-oiled machine by the manager, I’m sad to see it go,” Senn said. “Besides working there I’ve also gotten my textbooks there since my sophomore year and I saved a lot of money while doing so.”
According to the sign the store will open temporarily in December to allow students to return their rental books, however no dates were given.
Discount Textbooks was also contacted for this story and did not respond in time for publication.