Is this scummy?

One of my classes requires me to buy a textbook. Okay, that’s fine. You can even buy the ebook.

You need the book to log into the website – each book comes with a unique code. If you buy it second hand, you can’t log into the website. That website gives you a test – a very, very basic test, it seems. If you pass the tests on the site, you can score 30% for your mark – but if you fail, you still get 15%.

If you don’t buy the book you don’t get that 15%. You get 0%.

Now, ignoring the value of the book, that feels very very suspicious.


  1. Yes.

    Yes that is scummy.

  2. Does the professor or one of their colleagues benefit from the purchase of that book?

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