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suz's picture

Used Cook Books (post #62959)

I haven't bought a cook book in some time as I started using the internet on a regular basis.  However after reading the posts about Mediterranean Fresh, my mouth started to water and I began to think I've been missing something.  After going to Barnes and Noble today and looking through it I became convinced I must have this book!  So I went on to Amazon and saw that they reduced the new price but also sell used copies at an even lower price. I have never bought a used book and am therefore wondering if any of you have and if it is something you would recommend doing.


Edited 8/27/2008 3:05 pm ET by suz

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #1 of 42)

The used books are terrific. Most are close to new (if that is their rating. As you've seen, I'm sure, the shipping is $3.99.  I didn't spring for "FRESH", but did get one of her other Mediterranean books.  I have bought some for as little as a penny + shipping.

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suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #2 of 42)

Thank you for such a quick response, looks like I will be getting a new/old book.

Rae's picture

(post #62959, reply #3 of 42)

I buy used cookbooks from Amazon. Last week I bought Martha Stewart Cookies for $8 and that is probably the most I've paid. I also sell used books on Amazon. If I haven't used a cookbook in awhile I sell it. Like you I get most of my recipes from the internet.

Jean's picture

(post #62959, reply #4 of 42)

I buy most of my cookbooks used. Only rarely have they disappointed. I wouldn't have the library I do if I had to pay full price for them.



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suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #5 of 42)

$16.24 plus shipping is starting to sound expensive! although the retail is $30 plus tax.  Which brings up another question, is there tax on buying used books from private individuals? 

Rae's picture

(post #62959, reply #6 of 42)

No sales tax.

BoofyQ's picture

(post #62959, reply #8 of 42)

Re: sales tax:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468512&#which

If you're buying from the Amazon Marketplace, there is no additional sales tax. (If the seller is required to charge it, it will be built into their price.)

However, Amazon and some if its merchants DO charge sales tax depending on your shipping or billing address, depending on the item.

suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #9 of 42)

What an interesting link. 


My book is on its way and I can hardly wait.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #10 of 42)

You need to look at the final price, of course. There are many times there will be used books offered at a lesser price, but on very new/popular titles, chances are it will end up the same price as the Amazon "new" price when you add shipping.  Sometimes it is free shipping if you buy $25 qualifying purchase.

Gretchen

 

This is eligible for free shippping.


Edited 8/27/2008 5:33 pm ET by Gretchen

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suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #11 of 42)

With shipping I paid $20.23.  Not a bad deal.  There was a time I would have paid Barnes and Noble full price plus sales tax.  Although being on this site costs me money as the temptation to buy becomes so great as I see it I'm saving money as I will no longer pay full price thanks to all of you.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #12 of 42)

And don't forget Jessica's Biscuit.

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BoofyQ's picture

(post #62959, reply #7 of 42)

I *only* buy my books used on Amazon now... the deals (and quality) are too good to pass up! I do check the seller's rating first though and balance price vs rating.


Edited 8/27/2008 4:26 pm ET by BoofyQ

LuciaK's picture

(post #62959, reply #13 of 42)

I've purchased and sold books on Amazon Marketplace and had very positive experiences. My advice would be to read the description carefully and remember that condition is everything. Cookbooks seem to get a lot of abuse - stains, broken spines, etc., so beware of the condition description. I've had only minor problems with sellers, and those problems include dust jackets not sold with the book, book club editions being sold as first quality and remainder marks not noted in descriptions.

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Lee's picture

(post #62959, reply #14 of 42)

I've purchased numerous books through Amazon's Marketplace sellers, cookbooks included, and have yet to be disappointed.  Some of them are brand new with virtually imperceptible flaws.  The condition of the book has always been as described.  Go for it.

Adele's picture

(post #62959, reply #15 of 42)

Ditto what everyone else says.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

roz's picture

(post #62959, reply #16 of 42)

I also recommend used book stores. From your profile, you live in NYC, and one of the great cities for used books. Whenever we go to a large city, we always go to the used book stores. Unfortunately, I always find something!

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Marcia's picture

(post #62959, reply #18 of 42)

I didn't realize she lives in NYC. There is the Strand and Kitchen Arts and Letters...I'm green with envy.

Heather's picture

(post #62959, reply #17 of 42)

I've ordered lots of used and OOP books from Amazon and have always been pleased with their condition and prompt shipping. Some of them appear brand new, some just a little worn. It's a great way to shop!

I'm going to be meeting Georgeanne Brennan next month and I just got a perfect copy of her OOP Potager from Amazon for $8.95 + 3.99 shipping.

Edited to add that the last sentence should have said "through Amazon" rather than "from Amazon"--the book actually came from Jessica's Biscuit.


Edited 8/28/2008 11:51 am by Heather

suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #19 of 42)

  Perhaps I'm still jet lagged and a bit slow! but both you and Gretchen have mentioned Jessicas Biscuit, I'm not familiar with what you are referring to.  Is this the same Biscuit who posts?  Also what is OOP? 

Marcia's picture

(post #62959, reply #20 of 42)

Not Heather, but Jessica's Biscuit is now www.ecookbooks.com and usually has a 40% discount from list price on new cookbooks as well as clearance prices on others. Free shipping over $25.

I don't know what OOP is, either.

Forgot to say Jessica's Biscuit has nothing to do with "our" Biscuit.


Edited 8/28/2008 12:09 pm ET by Marcia

suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #21 of 42)

Thank you for the Jessicas Biscuit explanation.  I will check out the site.

Heather's picture

(post #62959, reply #22 of 42)

Sorry, OOP = Out of Print.

Marcia's picture

(post #62959, reply #24 of 42)

Thanks for that - I should have realized.

suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #25 of 42)

Thanks!

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #23 of 42)

That's the book I got for DD who is "doing" a potager garden. It is really working,even in her first year.

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Heather's picture

(post #62959, reply #26 of 42)

Good to know. We are doing a slow-food program at our garden club in September and Ms. Brennan is our speaker. I really look forward to meeting her.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #27 of 42)

Wow, lucky you!!

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Heather's picture

(post #62959, reply #28 of 42)

I'll report back.

suz's picture

(post #62959, reply #29 of 42)

I received my new/used cookbook yesterday (Mediterranean Fresh) and I would like to thank all of you. As per your good advise I took a chance and bought used on line.  If I didn't know I wouldn't know that it was not new. 

Gretchen's picture

(post #62959, reply #30 of 42)

Where did you buy it used, and how much, if you don't mind my asking.On Amazon the used and new price would work out the same. Thanks.

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