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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Curriculum Purchasing Poll

As
I was reading a homeschool board today these questions popped into my
head. I am asking them for no reason other than that I am curious. I am
like Curious George, but I am not a monkey. If you care to answer, please post in my comment section.

Here they are:

1. Do you purchase most of your curriculum online through catalog companies or locally?
2. If you purchase locally, do you buy from a homeschool store or do you buy from big chains like Borders, etc.?
3. Do you buy most of your curriculum at a discount or do you pay full price?
4. Would your buying habbits change if money was not an issue?

I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Warmly,
Kate


8 comments:

3FoldCord said...

We don't use curriculum really, not a packaged one. I get stuff here and there but mostly make up my own stuff.


I have gotten some things at a homeschool booksale and from Veggisource and from Barnes and Noble Clearance. And Iuse the local school supply store in town.

adegrasse said...

1. Do you purchase most of your curriculum online through catalog companies or locally? We purchase many things from catalogs and via the internet on used boards.


2. If you purchase locally, do you buy from a homeschool store or do you buy from big chains like Borders, etc.? I buy some things from Borders. There is only one small curriculum store in my area and their selection is limited so I don’t go there unless in desperation because they normally do not have what I want....UGH!


3. Do you buy most of your curriculum at a discount or do you pay full price? Discount of course, we have a VERY limited budget for our materials and I have to choose wisely. We have to purchase a membership to a larger library system each year too, our local library is very limited and we can’t afford to purchase all of the books we use so I have found that is the best way to go and we add it into our budget each year.


4. Would your buying habits change if money was not an issue? ABSOLUTELY! I would purchase NEW books (for a change). I considered joining a charter school program because they were offering money but we couldn’t use Christian materials for core subjects SO I did not join. It was not worth the cost. I wish money was not an issue for anything in our lives.


Anissa

Anonymous said...

Patty in WA

KimInOn said...

I occasionally buy from local vendors, but the Canadian vendors are really expensive. I have compared and even with the exchange, it's cheaper for me to buy from CBD or Rainbow Resources. I use Rod and Staff, so I have to buy from someone who carries it, so I usually buy it at a convention. I'm sure I've paid mega bucks over the years with shipping, so I try and place as few orders as possible.

Donnabooshay said...

1. Do you purchase most of your curriculum online through catalog companies or locally? On-line. Ebay....direct company...phone call...

2. If you purchase locally, do you buy from a homeschool store or do you buy from big chains like Borders, etc.? We have a homeschool store in town.

3. Do you buy most of your curriculum at a discount or do you pay full price?

I love when I can buy at a discount but it doesn't happen all the time.

4. Would your buying habbits change if money was not an issue?

Oh baby! I would buy so much more than I buy now!!!

But my girls are doing just fine with what we can afford....

But it's nice to dream :o)

Anonymous said...

Okay Kate... curiosity killed the cat and I have never blogged before so this might be a dangerous thing!!


1. Do you purchase most of your curriculum online through catalog companies or locally? I never buy locally because the though of shopping with six children is not a positive one when you have to think beyond what's for dinner. So all my shopping is done on line.


2. If you purchase locally, do you buy from a homeschool store or do you buy from big chains like Borders, etc.? see above.


3. Do you buy most of your curriculum at a discount or do you pay full price?

That is a good and fair question. I think it is only fair to pay people for thier expertise. If I am looking through Veritas Press and use thier ideas I feel that it is fair to pay them for it. If I get the idea from a discount source of course I buy it there. If a friend of mine tells me of a great idea she has then I look for the cheepest way to impement it if I think it would do well in my homeschool. Half of sales is knowing your product and educating others how to use it. If you are looking and asking the most expensive gig in town because you like their results but then taking thier advice to buy elsewhere (which is how they get paid for their superior knowledge) that IS a form of stealing. (my opinion)


4. Would your buying habbits change if money was not an issue? I don't know. I have found that money is always an issue. I have friends in ALL financial brackets and money is always an issue. Money should never be an issue where right and wrong are. Right and wrong is always an issue.


thus end my initiation to the world of blogging


Tamara

nnjmom said...

I buy about 99 % of my curriculum online. I live in a very small town north of Spokane, Washington, and although we have a small Christian book store, they don't carry any curriculum. The only exception to this was when I found a teacher's manual for Bob Jones Math 3, which my daughter will be starting in September, and snatched it up for $5 at a kids clothing consigment shop.


I buy a lot of our stuff used off of Ebay. We have a very small income for a family of six, and this is the only way we can afford some of the things I buy.


If money was not an issue, I would buy direct from the authors/publishers. I believe these people should be honored for the time and knowledge they have given to their products -- we just can't afford to do it at this time. I would also buy many more books instead of checking them out from the library.

GogoMama said...

1. We try to support local businesses when we can, but also order outside. We're also huge fans of the local library.

2. We have a couple of wonderfully personable small businesses in the area which we try to patronize. Borders seems so cold.

3. Full price? What's that? lol. When we buy used, we try to send the author a small amount for what they would've gotten had they made a sale. Hopefully that encourages them to keep writing while giving us a bargain.

4. I don't think they would change very much if we were millionaires. Little things like buying the most recent Saxon edition instead of an older one, maybe. Beyond that, probably not too much difference.


One place I have gotten several books from is the Paperback Swap. It's free (except postage). www.paperbackswap.com