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How much are you willing to pay for training materials?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Arroryn, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I ask after making quite an astonishing sale on Amazon. An Info Security book I bought some time ago (and never read) has just sold on Amazon for £100. One book. One reasonably slim book.

    I know I didn't pay that for it; maybe investing in books has a future ;)

    But this lead me to think... how much would you be willing to pay for knowledge? What's the most you personally have spent on a singular book for knowledge?

    My own was the MS Press book for the MCDST and I think I paid £25 for it which still felt like quite a lot at the time.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    I usually spend around $25-$40 per book, but I buy like 3-4 books in one shot... so that ends up costing more than $100. Also maybe a little off topic, but I was seriously considering paying $2200 for the vSphere course until I found a cheaper solution.
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
  3. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    I have paid up to £50 per book before (I once spent over £200 on books in Foyles on Cisco and Microsoft certification studies).

    To give you an idea on how much I spend on books.

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    These are my current physical books, I also have a number of these duplicated in Kindle format as well.
    One image is my VMware shelf, the other is my Microsoft and Cisco shelf.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  4. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    Very nice shelves! :)
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  5. Sparky
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Probably £25ish tops for a book now but did buy some Transcender tests (£80) when doing the MCSE.
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  6. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I've got 100+ computer books at £25-30 a piece, bought few for as much as £50.

    I've paid for professional courses from £1000-£2000.

    Paid for webcasts for around £200.

    Also took a degree and HND which cost a few £££.

    Mostly I now take free online courses.
  7. Stevie.f

    Stevie.f Bit Poster

    I love books, especially the ones that come with a pdf version. It's even better if the book comes with any software! I've happily paid up to £45 for books.

    When I was at uni I started doing the CCNA in a classroom (it was done through the university so it was broken into four sections), and I paid £150 for each part of the course. It was well worth the money because I had enough of an understanding of the networking that I could ask the tutors questions and properly explore the subject. Some people in that class had no prior knowledge of networking, and I don't think they got anything out of the class at all as they were too busy trying to figure out the basics. I would happily pay much more than that for a classroom course if I really needed to know a subject in depth, but generally books work for me.

    I've spent around £40 on Groupon for an online course. I mostly bought it to find out what online training would be like.I found that it was better than books, but looking at the full price that a lot of courses are sold for, I'm not sure that I would ever pay that.
    Certifications: BSc (hons) Comuter Networks, CompTIA Cloud Essentials

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