Ross - It's Not Just to "Dress for Less" Anymore
I hope this is on the right board, but it's food booknews to me that Ross (Dress for Less!) is featuring top o' the line books about food (our favorite subject here don't cha know) for less than used book prices. Ross usually tends to have about a half an aisle with a mixed bag of very odd books (feng shui anyone? astrology perhaps?) but lately I've noticed the quality is way up and I've started to find outrageously good food books and cook books there so cheap I had to write this.
Howsabout "Weber's Art of the Grill" (net $40) at Ross for $8.99.
Williams Sonoma "Essentials of Grilling" ($35) at Ross $7.99.
Both are in new, unread condition.
(I bought them both!)
Ther were tons of other very attractive books on food that seemed newly published and very desireable.
Ross - it's not just for last stop before the dumpster clothes anymore!
So rush on down to your local Ross for the cookbook and then before you head home, stop off for ingredients at a different store...maybe some place where the food did not fall off the back of a truck somewhere in New Jersey before winding up at Ross.
re: Robert Lauriston
It's taken me days...weeks? to finally decide to reply to this one, Robert. I dunno why your send up of my brainstorms always seem to need to undercut them. Why me? Or is it you? Well, in any case, I decided pro bono trumps pro solo mio...or something like that.
People need to know Abe is no fun to deal with in the long haul. True, Abe seems to have lower prices than Ross' $8 for a $40 book that, I for one, was REALLY happy to find at Ross for so much less than the standard low-end used book price of %50 off.
So, let me state for the record that I've worked at used bookstores for years and am very sensitive to used bookstore ethics (ethics that in my experience often seem lacking at abebooks.com) and the importance of grading book condition, especially in the case of buying sight unseen, as is the case here. Having ordered one too many books from Abe that either took many weeks to arrive, totally failed to ever arrive, arrived in markedly worse condition, including foul odors, than advertised - to the point that I will never again order a book from abebooks.com.
And in any case, even at other, perhaps better, used book websites that may offer these books for a "few dollars less" (isn't that the title of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western?) one still needs to take into account the annoyance of finding the books online, registering at the website, ordering, paying shipping charges (which ironically bring Abe's prices darn close to Ross'), and then waiting perhaps weeks for the book to arrive...all as opposed to just checking out the book aisle at Ross on one's usual periodic trip to the local shopping center, and perhaps having the unexpected pleasure of discovering cut-rate treasure, which is indeed what makes shopping at Ross such guilty fun.
Did you ever find out if imported mangosteens are radioactive? Oooh...wasn't that the title of a 1960's off Broadway play? Oh no, that was about radioactive man in the moon marigolds, not radioactive man-gosteens! Heh.