The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 4, 1980-Page 9-C
Record, book stores joust for student $$
,Local bookstores prepare
for chaotic fall rush
By NICK KATSARELAS
Given the cultural and academic atmosphere of
Ann Arbor, it's not surprising to find its streets lined
with a rich mixture of bookstores. In the campus
area, there are over two dozen text, trade, used,
ethnic, religious, and adult bookstores to serve the
needs of about everyone.
But for the freshpersons-as well as the rest of the
students-there is little time to visit any but the three
main text bookstores which services the needs of un-
dergrads and graduates: Follett's, U-Cellar, and
FOLLETT'S IS LOCATED on the corner of S. State
and North University. Textbooks are indexed by sub-
ject areas in the basement of the store. Although it
traditionally does not do as much business as its two
competitors, Follett's prices either rival or beat U-
Cellar's as the lowest.
Aside from the textbooks, it has a modest supply of
greeting cards, stationary, office and art supplies,
fraternity and sorority cups, mugs, pins, and in-
signia; tradebooks and clothing.
Although the permanent location of the U-Cellar, a
non-profit organization, is in the basement of the
Michigan Union, the ballroom on the second floor ac-
ts as a temporary store to accommodate the vast
crowds during September and January book rush.
The lines are longest here, and the book-rush set-up is
cleraly designed to expedite the process of selecting
and buying. -
BUT AS SOON AS the basement store opens after
book rush, the U-Cellar has a good selection of not
only textbooks, but also trade books, greeting cards,
records, and sundries.
Ulrich's has a good stock of arts supplies, Michigan
regalia, and a complete upstairs area of featuring
prints, wall posters, and lithographs.
LACO'S BOOKSTORE on S. Univesity, does a
specialized business in law and medically-related
The expense incurred after book purchasing is of-
ten highest for freshpersons, and it is not unusual for
it to exceed $100. Of course, the aforementioned cost
is just for textbooks and then there are the notebooks
(college, wide, or narrow ruled), folders (with or
without pockets); pencils, pens, erasers, bulletin
boards and thumbtacks, tape, study guides, manuals,
and answer booklet. This is sure to make mincemeat
out of that spending money so gratiously "lent" to
you by Mom and Dad.
There is a wide variety of bookstores in the city to
keep the mind stimulated if the course books aren't
doing the job. The city has plenty of trade bookstores.
Border's on S. State has one of the largest selections,
but if large selections baffle you, then there is Com-
munity Newscenter on S. University and S. Forest, its
sister on E. Liberty, and A Periodical Retreat on S.
State, for those with tastes out of the ordinary.
BUT THERE ARE also a number of stores dealing
in used books. David's Books, for instance, is a quite
popular bookstore on E. Liberty. David's has a vast
collection of all kihds of books, from cheap fiction to
the rare, old, and expensive.
Some of the used bookstores concentrate in a par-
ticuilar area, like Michigan history, first editions,
and 17th through 19th century, signed, and
photography books. Aside from David's, there is
Wooden Spoon Books on N. Fourth, Bill's Bindery on
E. Liberty, State Street Bookshop, and West Side
Book Shop, on State St.
Ann Arbor also has its share of adult offerings: The
Fourth Ave. Book Store and Danish News Store, fur-
ther north on Fourth Ave., both do a vigorous
business in pornographic material. The Blue Front
Cigar Store, on State St. and Packard, also carries
adult publications among its book and magazine in-
Smith & Roberson.........
Curso Basico de Espanol
Law of Mass Communications
Nelson & Teeter ............
Lenninger .... ............. .
Fundamentals of Physics
Halliday & Resnick.......
Reason and Responsibility
Lipsey & Steiner ..............
A comparison o f book prices:
Com petition hot for bucks.
of m asic-loving studen ts
By TOM MIRGA
The stereo system maintains a respected, often
hallowed position among the traditional college "
student's possessions. The student's record and/or t
tape collection, which in many cases represents a ". "
sizeable investment, is equally revered. P,.
Fortunately for Ann Arbor audio afficianados, the
local area teems with record and tape shops. A per-
son taking a casual stroll near the central campus
area can't help but bump into one with every few
The following is a layman's guide to record and
tape buying in Ann Arbor..
Aura Sounde & Enterainment, 540 E. Liberty
Aura Sounde, which sits atop the Burger King
restaurant on the corner of Liberty and Maynard .. M
S eets, maintains a well-stocked selection of rook, +
classical, jazz, country and western, and instrumen- F
tal albums. Most records that list for $7.96 are sold
here for $5.99; with $5.99 to $6.99 the typical price for a
single album. The shop will exchange all albums A "
regardless of whether a buyer can produce a sales Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
,lip or not, for eithey the same album or a different IN THE COMPETITION for the record-buying dollars of 'U' students, Schoolkids
one at the -same price. Records, located at 523 E. Liberty, is among the most popular.
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Discount Records (two locations),
300 S. State & 1235S. University
Although Discount's two locations are situated at
opposite ends of the campus areas from each other,
both shops offer identical goods and services.
Discount also offers a selection of cutout albums
(records out-of-print for a long time), domestic and
import singles, record cleaning supplies, and tapes
aid cassettes. Discount maintains an open return
p6licy, and will special order hard-to-get albums and
deliver them within three to six weeks.
Schoolkids Records, 523 E. Liberty
The isles at Schoolkids are rather narrow, cus-
tomers generally have a whale of a time keeping out
of each other's way. But square foot for square foot,
Schoolkids possibly has more to offer record buyers
than any other shop of its kind in town, and is
generally regarded as the students' choice. The store
carries well-stocked selections of' practically every
sort of recorded music imaginable, with the excepl
tion of classical and ethnic albums. The cutout bins in
the back of the store offer buyers some very good
deals at $2.99 a crack. Schoolkids, the area's sole in-
dependent record shop, imports many records
from overseas and offers buyers Ann Arbor's best
selection of punk rock 45 rpm singles.
Schoolkids Tapes, 514 E. William
A few years ago, the owners of Schoolkids Records
decided their Liberty Street location was getting too
cramped, and therefore moved their tape and casset-
te operations to a new location. Rock, jazz, soul and
disco make up the bulk of the selection, with prices in
the $5.49 to $6.49 range. Schoolkids Tapes also carries
a wide selection of rare and out-of-print albums, as
well as imported punk rock 45 rpm singles at reduced
prices. The store will accept all defective tapes in
return for a credit on further purchases.
State Discount, 307 S. State
State Discount's main order of business is the
selling of items like shampoo and Dr. Scholl's Foot
Powder, but the store offers a well-rounded selection
of albums to boot. The record collection basically
consists of rock, pop, and jazz recordings, with a
smattering of country and western and soul albums
as well. Prices generally run $1.00 to $5.00 less than
manufacturers suggested retail prices for albums,
placing most single albums in the $4.99 to $5.99 range.
University Cellar, Michigan Union Basement
The Cellar, which formerly boasted of a wide-
selection of recordings, has recently limited its
record selling operation solely to classical recor-
dings. Selections aren't as wide as those of other
shops, but prices are much lower, with single albums
generally running $5.00 apiece.
Wazoo Records, 2095. State
Wazoo is Ann Arbor's only "used record store."
The procedure here is very simple: gather your old
albums together and bring them in. Once in the shop,
a salesperson will judge your records on the merits of
their physical condition and demand (meaning a
scratched up version of Tom Jones' Greatest Hits will
not bring as much as a mint condition recording of
Jimi Henrix's Band of Gypsies). The shop will pay
$1.00 to $2.50 for albums in good shape. Wazoo will ac-
cept practically all rock, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass,
classical, and comedy recordings. Due to the unique
method of acquiring new Mock, Wazoo does not offer
a well-stocked selection of-all verformers.