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What do you think of Book Clubs???

Roxy's picture

Hello all!


I was thinking of joining one of those cookbooks clubs as the deal seems to good to be true.  Plus, I'm a cookbook lover & collector...and would love to save some $$$.


But a friend of mine advised me that the book quality isn't the same...


Can anyone tell me what the difference is?  And if it's even worth signing up?


Looking forward to hearing what you think! :o)

dixie's picture

(post #62648, reply #1 of 32)

I belong to 2 book clubs and enjoy both. Maybe the quality isn't the same, but I just don't notice. I apparently don't know the difference as I buy books only to read and buy a whole lot of books used. I like used books.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62648, reply #2 of 32)

I have joined the Good Cook a couple of times and the deal is just too good to miss.  I find the quality fine.  I think there are regular book clubs that may have different quality books, but I can see no real problem with it.

Gretchen

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TracyK's picture

(post #62648, reply #3 of 32)

At least with the Good Cook, it's exactly the same books that you'd buy in a bookstore. There aren't too many publishers that bother making different "book club" editions of books anymore, particularly cookbooks as they are quite expensive to produce.


Welcome to CT, by the way!


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deejeh's picture

(post #62648, reply #4 of 32)

I'm a member of The Good Cook in Canada, and the cookbooks I've purchased from them are identical to the ones in bookstores.


deej

UncleDunc's picture

(post #62648, reply #5 of 32)

I think most book clubs are a scam perpetrated against people with Attention Deficit Disorder. But if you have the mindfulness to send in the cards in a timely manner for the books you don't want, then you can get some pretty good deals.

TracyK's picture

(post #62648, reply #6 of 32)

Or you can call them and ask to be removed from the card-mailing process, at which point you receive the mailings but do not have to respond in any way. They simply do not send you any books unless you order them.

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #8 of 32)

Thanks everyone for your input!


It sounds like the quality is just as good as the stores...


I was interested in the good cook which a few a you have mentioned and I haven't heard any horror stories yet! :o)


UnlceDunc not too worry...the good cook has an option to reply to them via email if you don't want a selection.  So no messing around with mailing replies in time...


Now I've just got to choose which ones! Ha!  


 


 

Gretchen's picture

(post #62648, reply #24 of 32)

The e-mail return is really really good.  And, if a book gets delivered and you didn't want it (even if it is your fault!), just mark "return to sender, didn't order" and take it to the PO.  Don't open and look at it.  Actually it was that maneuver on my last membership that prompted a letter FROM them begging me to go on the "you don't have to reply --you tell us when you want to order  list".
The introductory offer of 4 books for $1 each is good but don't overlook the fact that you can order one more at half price.  So, when I joined, I ordered 5 books that were $35 each, one more that was $17.50 and the total with shipping (aye, there's the rub) was about $34.  And I have only one more book to buy.  I do call that a good deal.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #25 of 32)

Yeah that it a very good deal.  I haven't decided on which books yet though...


But when I order I'll be sure to take a look for that extra book at half off! 5 books...yes you can't go wrong with that.  I think the membership that I'm looking at require me buy 3 more books in 2 years.  I'll have to double check on that.


I'm not sure if I need to start a new string or not...but any suggestions on which books to choose!!??? 

Gretchen's picture

(post #62648, reply #26 of 32)

Just take your love of cooking and get a good library.  At one time I ordered Baking With Julia, and a bunch of others. This time I wanted Ming, Jacques Pepin's "Fast cooking" (can't remember the name), Frank Stitt's Southern Table (a BEAUtiful book with great recipes).  Anyway, you can't really go wrong.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #28 of 32)

Yeah I guess your right...


I've been trying to search around and see what others have purchased recently...and of course their thoughts!  That helps...


But as you say...you can't go wrong.  All of us have a title or too we've been wanting to buy or others we're curious about.  Either way I love to read the books as much as I do cook with them.  The luscious photos and interesting anecdotes I always find interesting! 

sarahendipity's picture

(post #62648, reply #29 of 32)

For Canadian e-bay sellers, go to ebay.ca. You can also modify the search to only show items located in Canada. Canada Post does not have the cheapest shipping rates, so sometimes it is a better deal from the US. I've bought a few things from e-bay and never had a problem. The only bad thing is the waiting for shipping from the US. Around the holidays it can be 3 weeks+!!!


 


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UncleDunc's picture

(post #62648, reply #12 of 32)

>> Or you can call them and ask to be removed from the card-mailing process ...

You can tell how long it's been since I belonged to one. None of the ones I ever belonged to offered that option.

TracyK's picture

(post #62648, reply #17 of 32)

They don't publicize it! Someone here told me about it and I called and asked. They switched me without a problem.

Squirrels are just rats in cuter outfits.
       -- Carrie Bradshaw

MadMom's picture

(post #62648, reply #7 of 32)

Or, you can just tell them you know me, and they will never even process your application.



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Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #9 of 32)

Hey there MadMom...


Sounds like you had a bad experience...


Care to indulge me?

MadMom's picture

(post #62648, reply #10 of 32)

To make a long story not so long, I sent in a card included in a magazine, with my choices, etc.  Two, three weeks went by, and I heard nothing.  Finally, after about 4 or 5 weeks, I called them.  No record of my registering.  They would be happy to take all the info by phone.  I registered again.  More time went by.  No books.  I called again.  No record of anyone having talked to me, no record of my registration.  I tried one more time.  By this time, one of the books I really wanted was no longer available, but I tried anyway.  It's been a few years, and I still haven't heard from them.  I think my experience is somewhat unusual, though, because a lot of people love them.  Just don't tell them you know me.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #11 of 32)

Oh my! Well, maybe they had you confused with someone else?  Or the customer service rep who helped you needs some more training! yikes!!


If you ever think of trying them out again...you can try the website...it may be more reliable and you should get an email confirmation that way.


Which book club was it?  The Good Cook?

MadMom's picture

(post #62648, reply #13 of 32)

It was The Good Cook, and seriously, they do have some really great offers.  Of course, you never want to extend your membership beyond what is necessary to get the freebies or $1 books or whatever they are offering at the time.  At their regular prices, plus shipping, I think it's cheaper to go to Amazon.



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Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #14 of 32)

Very true, I wasn't planning on keeping my membership past the agreement terms....


I mean Amazon has free shipping and some of the prices are even cheaper at amazon...you've just got to watch for them.  It's that $1 promo offer that has me drooling!


The thing is I'm running out of room with all of my books... 


I've got a problem...I admit it!  I LOVE COOKBOOKS! :o)

Sondra's picture

(post #62648, reply #15 of 32)

I've got a problem...I admit it!  I LOVE COOKBOOKS! :o)


Well, don't we all???  LOL.  But I like to think it's a good problem. 


I buy books from Amazon (new and used, mostly used), Half.com, and Ebay through bidding.  I just bought one of Steve Raichlen's grilling books for $1.17 (Amazon used), Barbara Kaftka's Roasting for $2.50 (Ebay).  On Half.com, you can creat a wish list with the price you want to pay for a book, and they email you when it is available at that price.  So, I have a long WishList, lol.  I don't generally spend more than $20 a month (my little habit, or so I rationalize), and end up with at least a couple of nice cookbooks. 


I've never belonged to a bookclub, have managed to find other ways to inexpensively collect more lovely cookbooks.

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #16 of 32)

Hi Sondra..


That's another good idea...ebay!  I've tried bidding in the past but the shipping ends up being more than it's worth!  But I guess it's not so bad if you get the book for only a couple dollars! :o)


I find that the shipping to Canada from US is very expensive...


So I usually try to order through the major sellers as they have better shipping costs...


But I'm still going to check it out...ya never know what you might find!  Thanks for the tip!

Sondra's picture

(post #62648, reply #18 of 32)

Well, you have to be patient to bid on Ebay.  And don't get auction fever!  Which means don't bid too much too fast.  Find some items you want and put them on your Watch list, then you can see how much items are going for, and it tells you how much bidding time is left.  It's a good way to warm up to the bidding process.  In many cases, the bid price goes up so high for some items, that if the bidder looked at Amazon used or Half.com, they'd see they could get the same book for several dollars less without all the bidding hassle.  And the shipping is really all over the place, I always calculate it to see if it's worth even bidding on.  BTW, I do see some EBay sellers from Canada, not as many, but some. 


And check this out to compare prices - http://www.campusi.com/bookFind/default.asp?srcId=11060


Happy Hunting!  What we must do for our cookbook collections, lol. 

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #19 of 32)

It's so nice to get tips from someone who uses ebay frequently...  It's hard to know how much to bid and when...or how much I'm willing to spend!!


As you said, it's important to watch the item...see what interest and what kinds of bids are coming in.  As you don't want it to go too high and then it's not worth it anyway.


I'll keep and eye out for the Canadian sellers as the shipping is usually cheaper.


I'm going to need another bookcase for all the great finds!!  Ebay is supposed to be quite addictive..all those good deals :o)


Thanks again Sondra...all really great tips. 


**that site is great too...for comparing prices!! awesome! added it to my favourites!!


Edited 8/13/2005 9:06 pm ET by roxy

Adele's picture

(post #62648, reply #20 of 32)

www.bookcloseouts.com is another place to find cookbooks.  There is a scratch & dent tab and I've bought a few from there and never saw a dent, but had scratches on the back cover.  They also have a clearance tab. 


You can also check www.addall.com .  I know mine is set to Florida, so shipping costs are from wherever to me.  In this one, you put the title (or author) you are looking for, and it brings up different places that have it available, to include Canada and parts of Europe.


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

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

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #21 of 32)

Hi Adele,


Thanks, those are two more sites I'm adding to my favourites!!  It's nice to have a few to choose from especially since prices can vary dramatically.


Can't wait to check them out and do some shopping! 


Is there any help for cookbook addicts? LOL!!! :o)


 

Sondra's picture

(post #62648, reply #23 of 32)

Is there any help for cookbook addicts? LOL!!! :o)


Yeah, a support group of enablers such as you have found here!  LOL.

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #27 of 32)

Glad to have found such a great support group! :o)

dixie's picture

(post #62648, reply #22 of 32)

without all the bidding hassle


There is no bidding hassle for me. I just decide the max I will pay and either I get it or don't.

Roxy's picture

(post #62648, reply #30 of 32)

Thanks again Sondra for submitting that link for www.campusi.com


I used it tonight and found a website http://www.bookcloseouts.com 


They've got some good deals...some books are only a couple of dollars...


So the addiction continues...had to order a couple... ha!! :o)


Plus there is a coupon if you order now: $5 off an order over $35 dollars...


shipping is pretty reasonable.


check it out!!


oh and here's the coupon code: bookcloseouts/ password: BARGAINBOOKS


Happy Shopping!