Oh pequods. Each semester students are made to purchase these collections of texts for their classes. This can be particularly painful if a pequod is required in addition to textbooks, and I have had many-a-class for which the textbook cost has been substantially raised because of this.
When I took ECO 101 last spring, a pequod was prepared for the class, but the materials were also available online, which gives students the option of choosing how to acquire the required readings. And that's the way it should be.
Alas, many classes still do not provide their materials online, requiring students to purchase these books, and the complaints each semester are undoubtedly routine. You can find out more about the scandalous pricing at pequod here.