The new Susie’s Store in Stamper Commons, built this past summer to replace the Bookshelf, does not seem to be as convenient as students had hoped. While the store supplies materials for different classes as well as groceries that can be purchased with flex points, the inflated prices might make the inconvenient alternative, a drive to Wal-Mart or Staples, worth it for students.
For example, the store carries the black foam matte boards required of all graphic design classes. At Susie’s, one 20x30x3/16” board costs $9.41. In comparison, a 5-pack of the same boards from Staples sells for $20.99 plus tax, which means they cost just under $4.20 per board. This is a much better deal than at Susie’s.
Similar to class supplies, the groceries are also overpriced. Half a gallon of Prairie Farms-brand milk costs $4.76. This is nearly double the price of a gallon of the same milk at Wal-Mart or HyVee, which sells for $2.39.
When asked why the Susie’s Store is so overpriced, the manager explained that the store does not buy enough items to get the cheaper bulk price that stores like Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee do. They have to buy them at retail price and mark them up to make a profit.
The only products at the store that don’t have dramatic markups are the clothing and accessories. Athletic shorts with a Stephens College logo are $22.95, compared to a similar pair of shorts at Dick’s Sporting Goods, which cost $24.99 plus tax. This is a reasonable price for shorts to show Stephens spirit, but for those in search of simple athletic shorts, a higher price will have to suffice.