The Price of Paper Memories

To buy or not to buy?

That’s the question surrounding this year’s yearbook.

Though the prices have stayed the same, $59 in the fall, $75 in the spring and $85 plus tax on distribution day, the number of books sold has taken more than a 11 percent hit.

Last year, 1,140 yearbooks were sold and this year 1,000 were sold by this point.

Students must decide whether they want to purchase a yearbook. Photo credit to

Out of nine students polled, five have purchased a yearbook and four haven’t and don’t plan on it.

Freshman Lauren Swinehart said she is buying one because she “likes the idea of a book of memories.”

Sophomore Megan Schlegelmilch said, “I like how you can always have [the yearbook].”

Among the students not purchasing a yearbook, the reason seems to be unanimous – money.

“They’re expensive, I’ll just wait and get one my senior year,” said junior Jenna Waite.

Junior Lars Andersen said, “[The prices] are kind of high. I don’t really see the need, it’s like ransoming your memories.”

“No, I’m not getting one because the price is too high,” said sophomore Mikayla Herbert.

“They’re pretty expensive and [a yearbook] doesn’t matter to me,” said sophomore Logan White.

Douglas Anderson, a Penn Manor art teacher and the head of the yearbook, attributes a small part of the decrease in yearbook purchases to the constant change in class size, though he attributes the majority of it to the economy.

“It’s a pricey book, but I think people want something tangible for down the road,” Anderson said.

“I think [the price] is extremely high, what about people who can’t afford it?” said Schlegelmilch.

“Of course I’m getting one, it’s a yearbook,” said freshman Julia Norton.

Sophomore Aaron Sellers said, “They’re pretty expensive, but I’m still getting one.”

“I think they’re a bit pricey, but it’s a memory,” said sophomore Kierstin McDonald.

One solution would be making the yearbook completely online (much like Penn Points), but neither Anderson nor students find that to be a favorable option.

“I don’t think [sales] have gone down because of technology. I don’t think the yearbook will go online, five years from now, technology we have now might not be accessible,” Anderson said.

“I wouldn’t like that, I hate technology,” Waite said.

“That might be a little lame. The book’s there so you can have it,” White said.

“Maybe both [a book and online],” said Schlegelmilch.

Only time will tell the fate of the yearbook.

By Sarah Schaeffer

3 thoughts on “The Price of Paper Memories”

  1. I don’t think $59 is asking too much for a years worth of memories. Plus, you can figure out the names of the strange people that you always seem to pass in the hallway.

  2. Yearbooks are pointless for every1 but the seniors. So i paid the high price and im not complaining

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