For this 2022-2023 school year, Moroccan families are increasingly turning to second-hand textbook sellers.
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On the occasion of the new school year, Moroccan families jostle in front of vendors’ displays to buy, at half price, already used textbooks. A way to lighten the burden of costs. We went to several markets, in Casablanca, Fez and Oujda, where vendors reported a high influx.
Labhira market, in Casablanca
It is in Souk Labhira that the Casablancais buy second-hand textbooks, at half price, in particular those whose children continue their studies in private schools in order to succeed in financing all the school needs of the children.
In the old medina, some sellers of these second-hand schoolbooks report a large crowd. Interviewed by Le360, they report that the prices of private school textbooks have increased.
“It is not the prices of textbooks intended for public education that have soared, but those of books intended for private education and school supplies. This increase in prices depletes the citizens’ budget. That’s why they prefer to buy second-hand books,” said a vendor in the Labhira souk.
Joutia market, in Oujda
While the start of the school year is in full swing and soaring prices are hurting the wallets of Oujdis, they are heading to Joutia in Oujda to get all the textbooks.
“The activity ignites during the start of the school year. Many families go to this souk to buy used books at an affordable price,” said a seller, adding that there is a shortage of imported school books.
“The prices of textbooks from private education establishments remain expensive compared to those of public education,” said a seller interviewed by Le360, who explained that private schools impose new editions on parents every year. Result: the portfolios of low-income families are running out of steam.
Lidou Market, in Fez
In the heart of the medina of Fez, more precisely at the Lidou market, purchases are going well at sellers of old school textbooks. A favorite destination for Fassi families who want to stock up on used books at low prices, especially in the current context, characterized by soaring prices for school supplies.
Interviewed by Le360, some buyers explained that they go directly to the seller to give him the manuals of the old program, plus a sum of money, before taking those of the new program in exchange. According to them, it is much less expensive compared to new textbooks sold in bookstores.
With regard to the sale prices of second-hand school books at the Lidou market, the sellers specify that they are experiencing a drop of between 50% and 70%. While the prices of certain books, which are almost rare on the market, remain subject to supply and demand.