Trimester 1 Rush, 2013 — What to Know About Getting Your Textbooks from Vic Books

zombie textbooksVic Books’ “Rush” period covers the first two weeks of the new trimester.  In its most basic terms, Rush is 10,000 transactions over 10 days by students chasing more than 22,000 textbooks and student notes.  As you can imagine, things may get a bit frantic.  Here’s the basic information you need to make your Rush experience run smoothly.

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogFor Kelburn Courses:

Until March 15, all undergraduate textbooks and student notes can be found at our Pop-Up Shop located in the Memorial Theatre Foyer in the Student Union Building. All post-grad textbooks are at the Main Shop in its new location in the Easterfield Building. Web order pick-ups for Kelburn can also be found at the Main Shop and its the place to be if you want to bring in your old textbooks for buybacks (make sure to check that they are on our buyback list before you come).

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogFor Pipitea Courses:

All textbooks and student notes used in courses taught on the Pipitea campus, as well as all on-line orders where you have specified  “Pipitea pick-up,” can be found at our Pipitea Campus Shop, located on the ground floor of Rutherford House (23 Lambton Quay, across Bunny Street from the Old Government Building).

General Tips:

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogFor On-Line Orders:

On-line purchases are processed in the order they are received.  If you have requested to pick up your order from one of the shops, please wait until you are notified that your order is ready before coming in.

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogCheck your Course Codes and Book Lists:

The more you know the better. We have lists of textbooks for each course available but if you don’t know your Course Codes (the four letter subject abbreviation plus 3 digit number that designates each course for enrolment), we won’t know what books you need.

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogEftpos & Prices:

Please check your bank balance before you come in for your books. If your eftpos card is declined we won’t put the books on hold for you. It’s harsh, we know, but over the years it’s proven the best way to keep most students happy.

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogTiming:

Most students turn up to buy their books on the hour, just after one of their classes has finished.  As a consequence, the lines can be a bit shocking at these times.  If you’re able to hold off until 20-30 minutes after a class has finished before coming in for your books, you will find the process is much speedier and amazingly less crowded.

VicBooks-circle-blue for blogSecond-hand Books:

We buy Second-hand books at both the Main Store (Easterfield Building, Kelburn Campus) and at the Pipitea Shop (ground floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus) between 9.30am & 11.30am, and again between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. See our list here. We never do buybacks at the Pop-Up Shop, ever.

And don’t forget:

If you need a sugar high to make it through the first weeks back, there will be $1 lolly mixes just about everywhere.

Rush Prep, What to Know

vicbooks’ “Rush” period covers the first two weeks of the new trimester.  In its most basic terms, Rush is 10,000 transactions over 10 days (half of those in the first 3 days) by students chasing more than 22,000 textbooks and student notes.  As you can imagine, things can get a bit frantic.  In order to make it easier for everybody, here is the basic information you need to make your Rush experience run smoothly.

For Kelburn Courses:

All undergraduate textbooks and student notes are at the Pop-Up Shop located in the Atrium opposite the Hunter Lounge.  All post grad textbooks are at the Main Shop located on the top floor of the Student Union Building. Web order pick-ups for Kelburn can also be found there and you can bring in your old textbooks for textbook buybacks too.

For Pipitea Courses:

All textbooks and student notes used in courses that are taught on the Pipitea campus as well as all online orders where you have specified  “Pipitea pick-up” are at the Pipitea Shop located on the ground floor of Rutherford House on the Pipitea Campus (23 Lambton Quay, across Bunny Street from the Old Government Building).

General Tips:

For On-Line Orders:

On-line orders are processed by our warehouse staff in the order they are received.  This is the busiest time of the year for these staff members so orders may not be processed on the same day. If you have requested to pick up your order from one of the shops, please wait until you are notified that your order is ready before coming in. If you arrive in the shop the same day you have placed your order, chances are very good that we will not have it ready for you yet, especially if the stock has to be accumulated from more than one of our shops.

Check your Course Codes and Book Lists:

The more you know the better.  We will have lists of textbooks for each course on all of our stores’ notice boards but if you don’t know your Course Codes (the four letter subject abbreviation plus 3 digit number that designates each course for enrolment), we really can’t help you.  It may seem obvious, but bringing a copy of your course schedule with you is the best way to get things sorted.

Eftpos & Prices:

Please check your bank balance before you come in for your books. If your eftpos card is declined and you discover you can only afford two of the four books you need, you might find yourself disappointed when we won’t put the remaining books on hold for you.  This could be a problem if we sell out of the text before you can get back in to buy it.  This is a harsh rule but over the years it’s proven the best way to keep the most students happy.

Timing:

Around midday is the worst time to come into the shop because it’s when most people turn up to buy their books.  As a consequence, the lines can be a bit shocking.  If you aim for early in the morning or later in the afternoon you will find it amazingly less crowded and, likewise, less stressful.  The first three days (Monday 28th, Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd) will be the craziest.

2ndHand Books:

We buy 2nd hand books back from students at both the main store (top floor, Student Union building, Kelburn Campus) and at the Pipitea shop (ground floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus) between 9.30am & 11.30am, then between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. See our list here. We never do buybacks at the Pop-Up Shop.  And definitely not during midday. Never ever.

And don’t forget: If you need a sugar high, there will be $1 lolly mixes at the tills.

Rush: A Textbook Mosh Pit

Rush: A Textbook Mosh Pit

Rush is the first two weeks of a new trimester. In its most basic terms, Rush amounts to 10,000 transactions over 10 days involving 22,000 textbooks and roving packs of stressed-out students.  Frantic is just one F word used to describe it. Here are some tips to make your Rush experience easier.

General Tips:
At the Kelburn Campus? All under-grad textbooks & student notes are at the Pop-Up Shop – located in the Atrium opposite the Hunter Lounge, click on the map:

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The Pop Up Shop is open from on these dates, at these dates:

9th – 13th July, 9am to 5pm.
16th – 20th July, 8am to 6pm.
23rd – 26th July, 9am to 5pm.

Our last day will be Friday the 27th of July, from 9am to noon (after which normal service returns at the Kelburn campus shop).

All post-grad textbooks are at the Main Shop located on the top floor of the Student Union Building. Web order pick-ups for Kelburn, as well as textbook buy backs (see list) also happen there.

Down at Pipitea? All things Pipitea related are at our Pipitea store. It is a small but powerful store, much like Yoda.

Pop Up Shop at 12:37pm

Timing is everything… Visiting any of our shops around midday is like walking into a mosh pit, just without music, drink or drugs. Thus, not fun. Aim for early morning or later afternoon and you will find it remarkably less crowded.

On-line purchases are processed in the order they arrive by furiously efficient workers. If you have requested to pick up your order, please wait until you are notified it’s ready before coming in. Otherwise disappointment may ensue.

What course am I doing? Bring your course codes. Seriously. Our clairvoyant quit last year so we can only know what is knowable. We’ll have course lists of textbooks at each store but if you don’t know your Course Codes we may just stare at you blankly.

I’ll be back in a minute… Please check your bank balance before you come in to buy your books. If your eftpos card is declined we won’t put the books on hold for you. It’s harsh, we know, but over the years it’s proven the best way to keep most students happy.

2nd Hand Books We buy 2nd hand books back from students at both the main store (top floor, Student Union building, Kelburn Campus) and at the Pipitea store (ground floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus) between 9.30am & 11.30am, then between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. See our buyback list here. We never, ever, ever do buybacks at the Pop-Up Shop. The last day we accept buy backs is Friday the 20th of July.

If you’ve read this far then here’s a logistical treat: we put the latest 2nd Hand stock in the Pop Up Shop first thing in the morning and then around 3pm in the afternoon. So if you want those special deals, best to do your hunting around then.

Plus, as ever, there will be $1 lolly mixes everywhere.

Rush: Tips From the Veterans

After checking with the veterans of many a Rush, here are some tips for a better, cleaner and less clogged textbook buying experience:

Rush Map for vicbooks' Shops

Where?: All undergraduate textbooks are at the One Stop Shop. All post grad at the Main Shop. All online order pickups at Student Notes. Click on the map on the right for where these places are.

Check your Course Codes and Book Lists: It seems pretty obvious, but knowing what books you need and which courses you’re sitting is vital. We have lists on our notice board in all the stores but if you don’t know your Course Code, we really can’t help you.

Eftpos & Prices: Check your bank balance before you pick your books. If your eftpos card is declined and you discover you can only afford two of the four books you needed, you might find yourself disappointed when we won’t put the remaining books on hold for you. Which might be a problem if we sell out before you can get back to buy it. This is a harsh rule but over the years it’s proven the best way to keep the most students happy.

Timing: Around midday is the worst time to come into the shop. Everyone tries to buy their stuff then. If you aim for early in the morning or later in the afternoon it will be amazingly faster and less stressful. 10, 000 Students in just a few days. The queues alone can be murder. The first three days (Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th) are the craziest.

2ndHand Books:

  • We buy 2nd hand books back from students at the main store (top floor, Student Union building) between 9.30am & 11.30am, then between 2.30pm & 4.30pm. See our list here. We don’t buy them back at the One Stop Shop. At all. Only at the main store. And definitely not during midday. Never ever.
  • We take down the latest 2nd Hand stock we’ve bought to the Main Shop first thing at in the morning and then around 3pm in the afternoon. So if you want those special deals those are the better times to visit the One Stop Shop.

And don’t forget: If you need a sugar high, there will be $1 lolly mixes at the tills. Plus don’t forget that we’re running our Popular Penguin Promotion with Prizes and Stuff.

Rush: the beginnings…

We have no idea if other parts of Victoria University, or the English-speaking world, dub the opening couple of weeks of semesters with the moniker ‘Rush’ and, right now, we don’t care. No one on staff is sure of the origin of the term, our best guess is it being of American origin, but again, here, in the trenches, there’s not much caring going on. Not much at all. Because we’re quite focussed. The kind of focus people have when they suddenly spy an angry battalion of soldiers charging at them.

Right now, within the bookshop, it’s all about the many thousand students preparing to storm the walls of our store. Someone observed, moments ago, that the government usually provide riot police for this sort of thing. We’re going to have to make do with intravenous coffee.

Rush, in its most basic terms, is 10,000 transactions over 10 days (half of those in the first 3 days) by students chasing more than 22,000 textbooks and student notes (not to mention needing over 1,500 bic pens and other assorted stationery items).

That’s a lot of people needing a lot of things from just a few of us. Which is why we build a temporary store especially for the occasion.

So things can get quite tense around here at this time of year.

Despite all that, it’s actually quite a lot of fun. The sort of adrenaline fuelled fun you don’t want to have more than twice a year, but fun nonetheless.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be describing what’s going on at the store, the best ways to navigate it, and explanations for why we look so haggard towards the end of the second week. We may even beg for mercy but feel free to ignore that, we’re probably just teasing.

Unlike most other university pursuits there isn’t a test at the end of it (well, not one of ours at least), but there will be a few competitions and quizzes in the middle (for starters see our Popular Penguin Paperback Prize Pack Promotion). Prizes can be won, sympathy garnered and knowledge gained. Keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook page for details – we’ll be running separate quizzes pretty often through our Facebook page (and, of course, supplying all sorts of vital information everyone needs to lead a complete life. So don’t be shy, sign on up).

More to come…

Popular Penguin Paperback Promotion

We’re running a competition for 15 gift packs of Penguin stuff through the first few weeks of second semester. Buy any Popular Penguin (all priced $12.95) and go into the draw to win. See below for details.

And remember, students automatically get 10% off any general book.

Win Penguin Prize Packs! Including Penguin posters, shoulder bags, wrapping paper, mugs (including free coffee from vicbooks’ Espresso Bar) and Popular Penguin books.

Buy any Popular Penguin title between July 5th & 23rd, fill out the entry form and be in to win 1 of 15 prize packs.

Check out the full list of titles here.

Plus, Join us on Facebook for extra prizes, competitions, store updates and all sorts of bookish information!

Draw closes Friday 23rd July, with winners drawn on Monday 26th July. Proof of purchase will be required to claim prizes (either keep your receipt or enter the receipt number on the entry form).