NC State students save big with tax-free online textbook orders
Posted August 4, 2012
Updated August 5, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — Saturday was day two of North Carolina's sales tax holiday, and many people got their 7 percent savings on school supplies without stepping foot in a store.
At the North Carolina State University bookstore, where one textbook can run $200 or more, buying books during the tax-free weekend can add up to double-digit savings.
Larry Sampson, a senior applied mathematics student, said he saved $37 on a $553 textbook, for example.
The bookstore makes it easy to save. An army of staff are filling online orders – which are eligible for the same great savings – for students to pick up before they start classes later this month.
"It's definitely worth it," said manager Anthony Sanders. "We've saved students, generally each year, over $100,000 just on textbooks."
They estimate filling about 7,000 online orders this weekend, a figure that bookstore director Pat Hofmeister would like to see grow.
"If you look at enrollment here – we have close to 30,000 students taking classes here – and 7,000 is a small percentage of that," Hofmeister said. "I'm always surprised that more students don't do it."