A Stillwater staple is saying goodbye.
Hall of Fame Book Trader, which is located at 120 W. Hall of Fame Ave., is permanently closing after operating for over 20 years. This store was known for selling new and used textbooks, allowing students to sell back their textbooks and having the latest Oklahoma State/Stillwater High School spirit wear.
Jeff Nett, the owner of Hall of Fame Book Trader since its conception, said his store is closing because it’s getting more difficult to sell textbooks.
“They don’t really use any textbooks anymore,” Nett said.
When a small business like this ceases operations, many people attribute it to big corporations such as Amazon or Walmart. Nett said while those companies played a small role in his stores closing, it was the convenience of bursar and textbook codes that had the biggest factor.
“Although Amazon has played a factor, it’s the all inclusive that has killed us,” Nett said. “There is no freshman books, they don’t have to buy any books at all anymore. It’s all just charged to their bursar account, they get a code and they have access.”
While there’s no official closing date yet, Nett said the store will officially close in about three or four weeks. Until that day comes, the store is selling everything at 40 percent off in an attempt to clear everything out.
Throughout Hall of Fame Book Trader’s long run, it grew to local prominence thanks to its proximity to campus and prime location on one of Stillwater's busiest streets.
Some Stillwater residents, including OSU freshman Brodie Myers, can’t believe they won’t see this store on Hall of Fame Avenue anymore.
“As a lifelong Stillweigan I absolutely hate to see it go,” Myers said in a tweet. “HOF Book Trader is just as much a Stillwater institution as say Eskimo Joe's and the university itself.”
While some people are sad to see the store leave, others are happy that online textbooks are becoming the new norm. According to a study from Investopedia, online textbooks are often times 60 percent cheaper than their print equivalent. One Twitter user, Josh Oliver, said he’s glad Hall of Fame Book Trader is gone because their prices became too high.
“Really going to miss [Hall of Fame Book Trader] ripping me off,” Oliver said in a tweet. “Truly hate paying the reasonable prices the internet has brought me.”
While this new phase of online textbooks may have ended this business, the Nett family still plans to stick with its roots. Nett said his family doesn’t know what their next business ventures will be, but they’re definitely staying in Stillwater.
“We’ve got some ideas, but no plans,” Nett said. “Nothing that’s really stuck yet. I’ve lived in [Stillwater] forever. I came here for college in 1980 and I’ve been here since; so no, we won’t be leaving."