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Aug 22, 2006 06:37 PM

objection to using Home Cooking board for cookbook exchange/giveaway?

Would the mods have an objection to a "will swap" or "will send to whomever pays for postage" posting about some extra cookbooks I have?

Likewise, what are hounds'and the mods' thoughts on whether a thread offering to swap cookbooks would become the Thread that Ate All the Bandwidth?

I'd rather swap cookbooks with fellow hounds than on one of the general book or media sites, but I will defer to the Powers That Be.

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    1. Part of what makes Chowhound tick is that we're a haven from all commerical interests. There's a lot of pressure from various entities to inject commercial messages into our discussions and so far we've been able to deflect those pretty well.

      While your idea is great in theory, it's a very slippery slope that would open the door for possible commercial interests, and so at this point we have to say no, please don't start a thread on swapping cookbooks or foodstuffs or anything else. However we do like the idea and will explore if there's a way for us to incorporate it into the site at some point.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Dear Chowhound,

        With 2013 a few hours away, so much has changed for Chowhound from the time this question was asked. Would Chowhound reconsider the idea of a thread for swapping cookbooks? Our cookbooks are imbedded with memories, subtle margin notes and menus scrawled on index cards make used cookbooks into unique possessions of sentimental value above commercial value. It is understood that swapping threads could lend themselves to potential dangers of contract claims, a need to 'police,' in a more involved manner than with other threads, amongst other issues. Perhaps if some strict guidelines for participation and use of the thread were established Chowhound could comfortably provide a valuable locus for exchange that would be unique to Chowhound, compared to similar foodie sites, and contribute to a sense of community? Just brainstorming here.

        1. re: gwendolynmarie

          Thanks for posting this. Recently, the CH Team added a Quick Link on the General Topics board where CH's can post an open call for talent or say, contribute to a book a fellow CH member is working on. A place where CH's can support one another or participate within the framework of the site policy. Found here:

          It would be wonderful if a similar setup could be devised to support cookbook swaps and/or donations. Also, very green!

          I'd enjoy knowing where cookbooks are needed and welcomed.

      2. Several years ago, a Hound was looking for an affordable copy of "The Last Course," which was out of print and ridiculously expensive. I had a copy that I never used, so I just told her to contact me and I'd send it to her. No fuss, and shipping books is cheap, so that wasn't an issue. This could work in reverse: "I have a copy of "X Cookbook" that I don't use; anyone want it?"

        1. Yes. They deleted a couple of posts between me and another member on this subject.

          1. Was the original objection primarily commerce btwn members? Would a freecycle policy or donation "bin" setup change the original objection? Mutual swaps or book raffles, would that be possible?

            When Chowhounds meet up for potlucks and dinners isn't money invovled? Haven't CHOW contests awarded monetary prizes to members?

            Maybe the time is right to reconsider the idea...

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            1. re: HillJ

              biggest issue I see is that it requires the public posting of an email address....which is something a lot of folks just won't do.

              If CH ever went down the route of PMs, perhaps....but that's been pretty roundly refused in past discussions.

              1. re: sunshine842

                Point taken. Here's what I've participated in: If I was selling a book, I shipped the books to the HQ running the book exchange and they've handled the transaction for a small fee. Any donations I've made where done in person.

                But I'd enjoy hearing how creative CH's interested in this could get. I like the idea of repurposing the cookbooks.

                1. re: HillJ

                  I like these guys -- they use the proceeds to fund literacy and library projects:


                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Thanks, I'll take a better look over the weekend.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      sunshine, I just printed out my 1st three labels to donate to Better World, thanks for the tip!