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Among the things I get to figure out in the next few days is this particular problem:

Is it more expensive to drive to Maryland, get the books I left behind, and return to Indiana, or to buy new copies of the books?

Moreover, the problem has a corollary:

If it's more expensive to buy new copies of the books, is the cost difference worth the time it would take and the difficulty of digging through all of my books to find the ones I need?

I really should have thought of this when I was there three weeks ago. In my defense, I not only thought I already had these books in Indiana from when I moved out in August, but also didn't know that I was going to be needing them.

Date: 2006-01-19 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] longstrider.livejournal.com
Do you have anyone in Maryland who could mail them to you? Unless it's a LARGE number of books that would almost certainly be cheaper.

Date: 2006-01-19 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] telerib.livejournal.com
If he mailed us some keys, yeah, that could work...

Date: 2006-01-19 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edg.livejournal.com
Well, except that I don't actually know where the books are. (I thought they were here! But I've been through all my boxes...) So not only would I have to mail you keys, but you'd have to root through about two dozen boxes and two fifty-gallon tubs to find maybe ten books...

Date: 2006-01-19 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drydem.livejournal.com
mileage-about 575, for the sake of a round number. 1150 round trip.

Gas mileage-depending on the gas mileage of your car, it will take a variable amount of gas
30mpg-38 1/3
25mpg-46
20mpg-57 1/2

Gas cost-In Bloomington, Gas is currently around 2.30 a gallon, depending. Assuming this is a rough average cost, the cost of gas is this.
30-88.17
25-105.80
20-132.25

Oil Change-1150 is slightly over 1/3 of the mileage for a recommended oil change. Assuming an oil change costs 40 dollars, this adds about 15 dollars to the cost.

Time-I can't put a price on your time, but this is effectively 2 days, given that the drive is about 8 hours, and rest is recommended. During that time, productivity is limited, so that is something to take into account.

In all, assuming that these books are a) not exceptionally expensive and b)possible to sell used, I would recommend not travelling.

Date: 2006-01-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edg.livejournal.com
That was pretty much the conclusion I came up with, too. It bothers me a bit, because it's essentially a battle between Spending Less and Being Less Wasteful, but in the end the former wins out. And, like you say, I can sell duplicates to other students who need them, so it's not really waste, and I get to help someone else spend less too...

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