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This company sells school supplies, textbooks, sportswear, clothing and other gifts.

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Factors that raised the rating for University Co-op include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

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0 Customer Reviews on University Co-op
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: December 01, 1970 Business started: 06/01/1896 Business started locally: 06/01/1896 Business incorporated: 07/02/1925 in TX
Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. George H Mitchell, President
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. George H Mitchell, President
Business Category

Books - New General Merchandise - Retail Mail Order & Catalog Shopping Sportswear - Retail

Alternate Business Names
University Co-operative Society

Additional Locations

  • 2242 Guadalupe St

    Austin, TX 78705 (512) 322-7005

  • 2246 Guadalupe St

    Austin, TX 78705 (800) 255-1896 (512) 476-7211

  • 255 E Basse Rd Ste 528

    San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-3293

  • 2902 Medical Arts St

    Austin, TX 78705 (512) 472-6156

  • PO Box 7520

    Austin, TX 78713


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  • (800) 255-1896(Phone)
  • (512) 474-8159 (Fax)
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Complaint Detail(s)

10/29/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: The University Coop has a very odd return policy. They do normal 7-day returns on textbooks until the 12th day of classes, at which point they do no returns on textbooks at all. I bought a textbook on the 12th class day and asked the cashier if I would be able to return it the following week. I was wondering this because I was considering dropping the class. The cashier said yes, but when I went on the wednesday of the next week to return the book, I was refused a refund because it was after the 12th day of class. I was never notified of this horrendous return policy at the time of purchase; in fact I was informed otherwise.

Desired Settlement: I would like a full refund for my purchase. The price of a textbook is a lot of money for a college student and it is sad that a student oriented store is so keen on extorting students bureaucratically.

Business Response: Dear Mr. ********: 

I sincerely
apologize for your negative experience at the University Co-op. This is the
first time I received information about your complaint through BBB, or our
employees. As a 117 year old business owned by students, faculty and staff of
the ** ******, we are committed to provide the best possible service and
quality merchandise to our members and customers.

our textbook return policy, I take your word for being misinformed by one of our
employees and will give you a full refund for your purchase.   

Please come to Guest Services in
the textbook area (basement) of the Main store and bring a copy of this e-mail
(or display on your phone) along with your book and receipt to receive your refund.

Please call me at the number
below if you encounter any issues.  

My office is located at *** ** **** ****** **** ***** **** ** *** ****** and I welcome you to stop
by. I would appreciate the opportunity to apologize to you in person, as well
as to try to explain to you why our textbook return policy is by no means a way
to extort from the students bureaucratically.


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