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.
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