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Where can I sell used (but actually new) cookbooks?

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I have such a large pile of cookbooks that I have collected over the years, some only opened once to read, never used. I like the idea of cookbooks but never end up using them.

I'm not looking to sell them for a lot, but I am trying to find a place that buys used books. There aren't any around me that give cash (as opposed to store credit).

I don't want to do it online. Any suggestions? Would love to have a few extra dollars to spend this holiday.

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    1. re: Locutus

      Thanks -- looking for a store, though!

      1. re: Baelsette

        Thanks for your reply, but I mentioned I didn't want to sell them online. I am looking for a store.

      2. Circus books on Danforth sells used cookbooks. I don't know if he pays cash, and he has a lot of stock right now. I notice that newer/"name" cookbooks move pretty quickly so he might be more interested in those than older ones.

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        1. re: julesrules

          Thanks! I'm not from the GTA so I couldn't get there pre-holiday, but that is good to know. I will contact them about the cash.

        2. Folks, if you know of bookstores that buy used cookbooks, please list them here. Unfortunately, we aren't set up for buying and selling items on Chowhound, so we've removed several posts along those lines.

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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            Thank you - that is why I didn't post them in the first place, I didn't think it would be allowed.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              And, I would rather bring them to a store than deal with shipping.

              1. re: ls150

                I would check eBay to see what prices they get for books similar to yours. Most of mine won't get much, so a fire sale to a used book store would get rid of them for a few dolllars.
                But I wouldn't want a collectable to go that way, and would hold back a few for collectors or eBay purchasers. Shipping can be handled by Canada Post if there is a slow moving counter nearby.

            2. You should try Dencan in Junction. I have purchased many cookbooks over the years from them, but never sold any. I have seen they way they interacted with sellers though - very friendly and professional, and pay cash.

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              1. What area are you in if not GTA? Or, are you planning to bring the books to the GTA? They don't seem to pay much at all and it seems like a shame as some people would probably be willing to pay you twice the amount for good condition/quality books. If you reconsider selling them online I would def recommend a site like redflagdeals.com . You can find people more local to you and sell them as a whole lot vs. individually.

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                1. re: ylsf

                  ITA with Redflagdeals. I've sold items with no issues through there.

                  1. re: ylsf

                    Thanks for the suggestion - I go on those forums often, that's a great idea!