Cliff's Books

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This a store with interesting books you didn't even know existed!! The booksellers know their stuff, and are cool and for the most part, well-read people, who can help you find your way through the mazes.
The art books, metaphysical, and history (yes, there's even a section on conspiracy theories!) are my personal faves; there's also a vast paperback selection.
So go there, and have fun!!

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★★★★★

This a store with interesting books you didn't even know existed!! The booksellers know their stuff, and are cool and for the most part, well-read people, who can help you find your way through the mazes.
The art books, metaphysical, and history (yes, there's even a section on conspiracy theories!) are my personal faves; there's also a vast paperback selection.
So go there, and have fun!!

Pros: good people, vast selection, find the unfindable

Cons: Nic

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After reading reviews posted by D.B.,Sankoni, and Rachel D. I felt compelled, as a fellow bookseller, to reply. The front window displays at Cliff's are freshly painted. The windows display attractive books. There are no boxes cluttering any of the floors. The carpets are vacuumed at least twice a week. In 2007 the main store was completely remodeled and the entire electrical system for all three stores replaced. There are two fire exits clearly posted and extinguishers are updated. The operative words for D.B., Sankoni and Rachel D are: "I haven't been here for a while". Indeed if D.B. had visited the Fine Book Room at posted hours (7:00-11:00PM Wednesdays or Saturdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM), he/she would be welcome to browse. There are no books or items on the stairwell. There is a door at the bottom of the stairs which clearly prohibits entry without personnel. The Fiction Section, to my knowledge, is located in the main aisle of the main store. Obviously, for the three posters mentioned, the Fiction Section resides in their minds or somewhere in the "Twilight Zone'.

By Mark Sailor, Owl Bookshop

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After reading reviews posted by D.B.,Sankoni, and Rachel D. I felt compelled, as a fellow bookseller, to reply. The front window displays at Cliff's are freshly painted. The windows display attractive books. There are no boxes cluttering any of the floors. The carpets are vacuumed at least twice a week. In 2007 the main store was completely remodeled and the entire electrical system for all three stores replaced. There are two fire exits clearly posted and extinguishers are updated. The operative words for D.B., Sankoni and Rachel D are: "I haven't been here for a while". Indeed if D.B. had visited the Fine Book Room at posted hours (7:00-11:00PM Wednesdays or Saturdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM), he/she would be welcome to browse. There are no books or items on the stairwell. There is a door at the bottom of the stairs which clearly prohibits entry without personnel. The Fiction Section, to my knowledge, is located in the main aisle of the main store. Obviously, for the three posters mentioned, the Fiction Section resides in their minds or somewhere in the "Twilight Zone'.

By Mark Sailor, Owl Bookshop

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I have been going to Cliff's since I was young, so I am a little biased on this account, but I strive to go back every time I re-visit the area. Reading other reviews, much of what is said is true, but I think it depends greatly on what one is looking for in their experience. The owner and employees don't know every book in the store but will direct you to their estimated locations. There are so many books in the store that there are books far from their assigned homes that can be found all over. That, combined with the charm of the warped hallways of old shelves, yellowed comics stapled to random spaces of wall, and a cat that I have seen on occasion, are what give Cliff's its unique character.
For the person who wants to get lost in winding nooks and crannies of shelves at war for space, who wants to lose an afternoon in the stacks finding hidden gems, and who doesn't know what they want to see but just that they love a dusty warm smelling atmosphere where they can peruse in silence, Cliff's is perfect.
In regard to surly employees, I will say that it seems to have good and bad days. They are particularly intolerant to yuppie types who are inconsiderate to others, such as talking loudly on cell phones and complaining loudly about prices. Surly does happen but it does not mean they are mean. They just seem very set on maintaining order in their domain. Bad apples do happen though. Most are not though:
Last time I visited, there was a rude young man who shoved past me and my friend as we were going down an aisle that could be seen from the register. We were annoyed, but continued about our business. We saw the clerk snap his glance up and take note of the guy. A few minutes later I was at the back and the guy was still up front when he answered his phone and started talking really loudly. My friend says she gave him an annoyed look through the bookcase as he was on the next aisle, and the clerk got up and yelled at the guy and told him to leave. Then apologized to my friend.
The talking was very loud, and we appreciated the defense of our browsing peace. Naturally I got a phone call I had to take, and had to whisper quietly at the back of the store bc I couldn't bear to stop looking. But I didn't want to incur any wrath. Lol. Basically, I love the store, but it is a unique experience more suited to browsing or general interest than to check specific books off a "to get" list.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to Cliff's since I was young, so I am a little biased on this account, but I strive to go back every time I re-visit the area. Reading other reviews, much of what is said is true, but I think it depends greatly on what one is looking for in their experience. The owner and employees don't know every book in the store but will direct you to their estimated locations. There are so many books in the store that there are books far from their assigned homes that can be found all over. That, combined with the charm of the warped hallways of old shelves, yellowed comics stapled to random spaces of wall, and a cat that I have seen on occasion, are what give Cliff's its unique character.
For the person who wants to get lost in winding nooks and crannies of shelves at war for space, who wants to lose an afternoon in the stacks finding hidden gems, and who doesn't know what they want to see but just that they love a dusty warm smelling atmosphere where they can peruse in silence, Cliff's is perfect.
In regard to surly employees, I will say that it seems to have good and bad days. They are particularly intolerant to yuppie types who are inconsiderate to others, such as talking loudly on cell phones and complaining loudly about prices. Surly does happen but it does not mean they are mean. They just seem very set on maintaining order in their domain. Bad apples do happen though. Most are not though:
Last time I visited, there was a rude young man who shoved past me and my friend as we were going down an aisle that could be seen from the register. We were annoyed, but continued about our business. We saw the clerk snap his glance up and take note of the guy. A few minutes later I was at the back and the guy was still up front when he answered his phone and started talking really loudly. My friend says she gave him an annoyed look through the bookcase as he was on the next aisle, and the clerk got up and yelled at the guy and told him to leave. Then apologized to my friend.
The talking was very loud, and we appreciated the defense of our browsing peace. Naturally I got a phone call I had to take, and had to whisper quietly at the back of the store bc I couldn't bear to stop looking. But I didn't want to incur any wrath. Lol. Basically, I love the store, but it is a unique experience more suited to browsing or general interest than to check specific books off a "to get" list.

Pros: gems found, relaxed setting, wide selection

Cons: higher prices, sometimes poor condition, occasional surly

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Cliff's is a bookhound's delight. You (or should I say "I") could spend hours upon hours just perusing titles and finding possible purchases. I recommend going in when you have an idea of what you're looking for or you will spend hours here. If you are looking for out of print books or just inexpensive reading options...check out Cliff's. I always find something...usually something I didn't even know I was looking for.

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Cliff's is a bookhound's delight. You (or should I say "I") could spend hours upon hours just perusing titles and finding possible purchases. I recommend going in when you have an idea of what you're looking for or you will spend hours here. If you are looking for out of print books or just inexpensive reading options...check out Cliff's. I always find something...usually something I didn't even know I was looking for.

Pros: Endless books

Cons: Endless books

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I used to venture into Cliff's Books every few months when I couldn't find a book on paperbackswap.com and didn't want to pay the prices at Barnes and Noble. The habit, which lasted for a couple of years, ended during this summer when I went in for the last time. While the book selection is rather large (and messy and sprawling and hard to navigate), the selection is rather limited. During one visit early this year I asked about seven or eight different authors, all relatively popular, to which the clerk replied, "Yeah, we don't really have any books that people actually read."
And if you do manage to find a good book, the price will be so steep that it wasn't worth the hour it took you to find it. I'm honestly not even sure how exactly they have managed to stay open so long.

Pasadena still has a couple of great bookstores, with great service, selection and prices, including Book Alley down on Colorado near PCC and The Archives Bookshop on Washington Blvd.

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I used to venture into Cliff's Books every few months when I couldn't find a book on paperbackswap.com and didn't want to pay the prices at Barnes and Noble. The habit, which lasted for a couple of years, ended during this summer when I went in for the last time. While the book selection is rather large (and messy and sprawling and hard to navigate), the selection is rather limited. During one visit early this year I asked about seven or eight different authors, all relatively popular, to which the clerk replied, "Yeah, we don't really have any books that people actually read."
And if you do manage to find a good book, the price will be so steep that it wasn't worth the hour it took you to find it. I'm honestly not even sure how exactly they have managed to stay open so long.

Pasadena still has a couple of great bookstores, with great service, selection and prices, including Book Alley down on Colorado near PCC and The Archives Bookshop on Washington Blvd.

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Dig around those dusty books, there's a little gold there. The one guy at the register (working alone)may not know what's in stock, check it out yourself. Twice I purchased first editions (one signed) that someone missed when they did the pricing. Cliff's selection in American History is wide and deep and the philosophy section commands respect. I strongly recommend you join the book club, 20% off for the next year for only $10.00. TIP: people hide books they wish to purchase later, look behind posts and across the isle, I found a nice first edition Shirer among old travel scraps, and a dear old Putarch's Lives hidden under a book case. Clearly,I enjoy poking around at Cliff's, you will too.

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Dig around those dusty books, there's a little gold there. The one guy at the register (working alone)may not know what's in stock, check it out yourself. Twice I purchased first editions (one signed) that someone missed when they did the pricing. Cliff's selection in American History is wide and deep and the philosophy section commands respect. I strongly recommend you join the book club, 20% off for the next year for only $10.00. TIP: people hide books they wish to purchase later, look behind posts and across the isle, I found a nice first edition Shirer among old travel scraps, and a dear old Putarch's Lives hidden under a book case. Clearly,I enjoy poking around at Cliff's, you will too.

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I was at Cliff's Books a couple of nights ago and was shocked by the terrible state in which I found the store. I had been there a couple of years ago and back then I had thought things were pretty bad, but now they've gone from bad to worse. Unfortunately I couldn't stand to be in there for too long as the place was hot and uncomfortable, so in an effort to expedite my business there, I asked the clerk for help in finding a few books I needed. But judging from the way the guy looked at me, you'd have thought I asked him for his wife's number. He simply pointed in the general direction of the back of the store and said "They're back there somewhere." Oh well...thanks a lot, buddy.

* PROS: Vroman's Bookstore is only half a block away!!!!
* CONS: Uncomfortable ambiance, bad organization, over-priced books in bad condition, rude and unhelpful staff.

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I was at Cliff's Books a couple of nights ago and was shocked by the terrible state in which I found the store. I had been there a couple of years ago and back then I had thought things were pretty bad, but now they've gone from bad to worse. Unfortunately I couldn't stand to be in there for too long as the place was hot and uncomfortable, so in an effort to expedite my business there, I asked the clerk for help in finding a few books I needed. But judging from the way the guy looked at me, you'd have thought I asked him for his wife's number. He simply pointed in the general direction of the back of the store and said "They're back there somewhere." Oh well...thanks a lot, buddy.

* PROS: Vroman's Bookstore is only half a block away!!!!
* CONS: Uncomfortable ambiance, bad organization, over-priced books in bad condition, rude and unhelpful staff.

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I was visiting the city. Needing a couple of books to read, I happened to see this store. The prices are too high for used books - the two used paperbacks I selected were $9 and $10. I would have left and gone elsewhere if I had known the area well enough. Then, I couldn't believe what happened next - the clerk actually criticized my selected books. He said they were 'junk', and he wished all such books would be thrown out in the street! And I was the paying customer! Needless to say, this place will never get my business again.

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I was visiting the city. Needing a couple of books to read, I happened to see this store. The prices are too high for used books - the two used paperbacks I selected were $9 and $10. I would have left and gone elsewhere if I had known the area well enough. Then, I couldn't believe what happened next - the clerk actually criticized my selected books. He said they were 'junk', and he wished all such books would be thrown out in the street! And I was the paying customer! Needless to say, this place will never get my business again.

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Browsing around I found a few books I wanted to read. They were kinda dingy and on the verge of falling apart. I thought maybe I'd buy them if they were cheap enough. Just wanted to read them and not have them as a collectible, because clearly they werent in that condition. I was assuming the book would be like two bucks or so, three at the most. Nope the small paperback book was $6.00 and originalIy $7.95. Why on Earth would I pay a few bucks below the original price? Even if it was a first edition, it would be worth nothing in that condition. I understand its hard to compete with places like Barnes and Noble and Borders, but having high prices for your books only drives people to those places. Not all the books were in bad condition, but most of them were overpriced by a few bucks or more. The guy that was in there was rude too, dunno if thats the owner or not. An older guy with an army green hat and facial hair.

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Browsing around I found a few books I wanted to read. They were kinda dingy and on the verge of falling apart. I thought maybe I'd buy them if they were cheap enough. Just wanted to read them and not have them as a collectible, because clearly they werent in that condition. I was assuming the book would be like two bucks or so, three at the most. Nope the small paperback book was $6.00 and originalIy $7.95. Why on Earth would I pay a few bucks below the original price? Even if it was a first edition, it would be worth nothing in that condition. I understand its hard to compete with places like Barnes and Noble and Borders, but having high prices for your books only drives people to those places. Not all the books were in bad condition, but most of them were overpriced by a few bucks or more. The guy that was in there was rude too, dunno if thats the owner or not. An older guy with an army green hat and facial hair.

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I am a book fanatic, and love used bookstores, but this one I do not. It is the only I don't. It is dirty, smells dirty, and the staff is either distracted or unfriendly/distant. I never can find any books that I am looking for and if I do, the price is about the same as as buying it at Borders (75-85% of original price). I highly recommend that you avoid this store.

PROS: zilch
CONS: dirty, unfriendly staff, excessively high prices

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a book fanatic, and love used bookstores, but this one I do not. It is the only I don't. It is dirty, smells dirty, and the staff is either distracted or unfriendly/distant. I never can find any books that I am looking for and if I do, the price is about the same as as buying it at Borders (75-85% of original price). I highly recommend that you avoid this store.

PROS: zilch
CONS: dirty, unfriendly staff, excessively high prices

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Cliffs Books is a Pasadena area independent used bookstore that has many unusual and rare titles, so its a good place for readers and collectors both to check out. Thanks to CalTech being nearby, the store has a solid science section that you usually dont find in a used bookstore. However, if youre looking for a helpful, comfortable bookstore, this isnt it. The staff vacillates from somewhat friendly to downright surly.

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Cliffs Books is a Pasadena area independent used bookstore that has many unusual and rare titles, so its a good place for readers and collectors both to check out. Thanks to CalTech being nearby, the store has a solid science section that you usually dont find in a used bookstore. However, if youre looking for a helpful, comfortable bookstore, this isnt it. The staff vacillates from somewhat friendly to downright surly.

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Cliffs probably has the best selection of used books in Pasadena, unfortunately, that's not saying much. While Cliff's may be crammed full of books, in my experience they will rarely have what you're looking for. Even for popular and well known authors such as Heminway or Steinbeck the selection is worse than mediocre. In addition, the prices for paperback tend to run only about $1 cheaper than new versions.

PROS:
CONS: Poor selection, high prices

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Cliffs probably has the best selection of used books in Pasadena, unfortunately, that's not saying much. While Cliff's may be crammed full of books, in my experience they will rarely have what you're looking for. Even for popular and well known authors such as Heminway or Steinbeck the selection is worse than mediocre. In addition, the prices for paperback tend to run only about $1 cheaper than new versions.

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CONS: Poor selection, high prices

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It's hard to blame them, but Cliff's is not what a used book store should be. They have a comparably poor selection (although there are lots of books in the store), and extremely high prices. Expect to pay about 75% of the new price for a beaten-up copy. To be fair, it's probably hard to run a used book store in an expensive city with internet book stores everywhere, but you won't find Cliff's to be your best option.

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★★☆☆☆

It's hard to blame them, but Cliff's is not what a used book store should be. They have a comparably poor selection (although there are lots of books in the store), and extremely high prices. Expect to pay about 75% of the new price for a beaten-up copy. To be fair, it's probably hard to run a used book store in an expensive city with internet book stores everywhere, but you won't find Cliff's to be your best option.

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I went to Cliffs last night with my children for the first time in years. It was hot and uncomfortable in the store at 9:00 p.m.. My twelve year old son asked one of the employees if they had an "Ethnic Studies" section and the woman replied "Oh, do you mean do we carry National Geographics? She then asked the owner, Cliff Glourdikian - who told her they didn't. A few minutes later my son found the section he was looking for clearly marked "Ethnic Studies." While I was in there I asked the owner if I could see a magazine that was in a locked case - the guy (Cliff Gourdikian) was intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. He was so drunk that he had to ask me at least four times which magazine I wanted to look at ... and then asked me out of the clear blue if I had a problem. I politely told him that I thought he was the one with the problem and he told me to leave his store which I gladly did. I would never go in there again and wouldn't recommend this store to anyone and would also recommend against taking your children there. Even though the store had been closed for renovations ... I did not see evidence of any renovations.

PROS: The cons outweigh and pros.
CONS: Owner comes to work drunk and feels that alright because he is the owner.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Cliffs last night with my children for the first time in years. It was hot and uncomfortable in the store at 9:00 p.m.. My twelve year old son asked one of the employees if they had an "Ethnic Studies" section and the woman replied "Oh, do you mean do we carry National Geographics? She then asked the owner, Cliff Glourdikian - who told her they didn't. A few minutes later my son found the section he was looking for clearly marked "Ethnic Studies." While I was in there I asked the owner if I could see a magazine that was in a locked case - the guy (Cliff Gourdikian) was intoxicated and reeked of alcohol. He was so drunk that he had to ask me at least four times which magazine I wanted to look at ... and then asked me out of the clear blue if I had a problem. I politely told him that I thought he was the one with the problem and he told me to leave his store which I gladly did. I would never go in there again and wouldn't recommend this store to anyone and would also recommend against taking your children there. Even though the store had been closed for renovations ... I did not see evidence of any renovations.

PROS: The cons outweigh and pros.
CONS: Owner comes to work drunk and feels that alright because he is the owner.

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This comic book store would be a great haven for those out there who collect comic books. They have all the latest, some vintage, all different types of comics. They are good about helping customers fill specific needs, also. Hard to park,being in Old Town...bring change!

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This comic book store would be a great haven for those out there who collect comic books. They have all the latest, some vintage, all different types of comics. They are good about helping customers fill specific needs, also. Hard to park,being in Old Town...bring change!

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I suspect Cliff's books has been around for a long time - it seems to be one of those die-hard businesses.

The selection is quite interesting, not your usual bookstore fare, and they have many rare titles.

However, the prices are outrageous - you might do well to bargain down your prices because their initial price is pretty much the same as if you bought it new.

PROS: Interesting selection
CONS: Outrageous prices

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I suspect Cliff's books has been around for a long time - it seems to be one of those die-hard businesses.

The selection is quite interesting, not your usual bookstore fare, and they have many rare titles.

However, the prices are outrageous - you might do well to bargain down your prices because their initial price is pretty much the same as if you bought it new.

PROS: Interesting selection
CONS: Outrageous prices

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it's possible to run a used bookstore that's tidy and easy to navigate. i myself am not crazy about shops constructed of dusty little warrens that make me sneeze. i know this is very non-old-school and totally uncool of me, but i didn't much like it. on the strength of the positive reviews, though, i plan to go back and try again (harder this time). i'll revise this review if warranted.

oh yeah, another drawback: they're not buying any used books for the foreseeable future.

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it's possible to run a used bookstore that's tidy and easy to navigate. i myself am not crazy about shops constructed of dusty little warrens that make me sneeze. i know this is very non-old-school and totally uncool of me, but i didn't much like it. on the strength of the positive reviews, though, i plan to go back and try again (harder this time). i'll revise this review if warranted.

oh yeah, another drawback: they're not buying any used books for the foreseeable future.

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This is an absolutely wonderful bookstore...unfortunately, it seems to be permanently closed now, apparently because the building is falling apart. Also, there is so much junk piled up in the science and technology section you can no longer browse it (and this is by far the best part of the store). Finally, the help is virtually worthless. However, it is the best place to browse and discover great finds.

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★★★★☆

This is an absolutely wonderful bookstore...unfortunately, it seems to be permanently closed now, apparently because the building is falling apart. Also, there is so much junk piled up in the science and technology section you can no longer browse it (and this is by far the best part of the store). Finally, the help is virtually worthless. However, it is the best place to browse and discover great finds.

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More boo stores should be like this one. It is quite unlike the mass chain book stores. This is a store for those who love books. If you love books, go to Cliffs! I bought a few very good used books here for college...cheap! Furthermore, they have rare editions. It is also much cheaper than most used book stores. The staff is very friendly. They were very helpful. They seemed knowledgeable about books and one even talked extensively with me about the book I was buying from the store. I bought five books for under $30. The store has a very warm feeling to it. They take good care of the books they have there. This store, I believe, is perfect for a book-enthusiast on a budget! I reccomend this store for college students as well. Whether for pleasure or purpose, Cliffs will help. It is impossible to leave empty handed from Cliffs. It has a book for everyone. No matter what your taste is, you will leave Cliffs with a smile and a good, cheap book. It is also a good place to unload some of your old books. This is r

PROS: Small, intimate feel. Cheap. Friendly Staff.
CONS: Not a huge selection!

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★★★★☆

More boo stores should be like this one. It is quite unlike the mass chain book stores. This is a store for those who love books. If you love books, go to Cliffs! I bought a few very good used books here for college...cheap! Furthermore, they have rare editions. It is also much cheaper than most used book stores. The staff is very friendly. They were very helpful. They seemed knowledgeable about books and one even talked extensively with me about the book I was buying from the store. I bought five books for under $30. The store has a very warm feeling to it. They take good care of the books they have there. This store, I believe, is perfect for a book-enthusiast on a budget! I reccomend this store for college students as well. Whether for pleasure or purpose, Cliffs will help. It is impossible to leave empty handed from Cliffs. It has a book for everyone. No matter what your taste is, you will leave Cliffs with a smile and a good, cheap book. It is also a good place to unload some of your old books. This is r

PROS: Small, intimate feel. Cheap. Friendly Staff.
CONS: Not a huge selection!

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I love everything about this store. Amazing science section and great hard to find books. Probably from the retired caltech community nearby.

PROS: So many terrific books. Every section has wonderful finds.
CONS: Expensive and very very very very crowded!!!!! The isles are so narrow like a big fire hazzard.

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★★★★☆

I love everything about this store. Amazing science section and great hard to find books. Probably from the retired caltech community nearby.

PROS: So many terrific books. Every section has wonderful finds.
CONS: Expensive and very very very very crowded!!!!! The isles are so narrow like a big fire hazzard.

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I really enjoy independent retailers and I believe they represent the heart and soul of America. Cliff's Books is one of these retailers.

The store features used books, records, and other memorabilia, but I recommmend visiting there for the books. I bought a mint condition copy of A Clockwork Orange there for seven dollars, as opposed to the twenty that Vroman's wanted for it at the time. Furthermore, there is a very large selection of books. A trip to Cliff's would not go unrewarded.

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I really enjoy independent retailers and I believe they represent the heart and soul of America. Cliff's Books is one of these retailers.

The store features used books, records, and other memorabilia, but I recommmend visiting there for the books. I bought a mint condition copy of A Clockwork Orange there for seven dollars, as opposed to the twenty that Vroman's wanted for it at the time. Furthermore, there is a very large selection of books. A trip to Cliff's would not go unrewarded.

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Probably the largest used book store in Pasadena, Cliff's has a nice collection of books both for reading and collecting. Like a lot of used book stores, Cliff's has great deals on coffee table art books which can go for a fortune, and historical/political must-haves for any person who wishes to be informed. Be aware though that the staff can be somewhat unusual and occasionally (but not frequently) unhelpful.

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Probably the largest used book store in Pasadena, Cliff's has a nice collection of books both for reading and collecting. Like a lot of used book stores, Cliff's has great deals on coffee table art books which can go for a fortune, and historical/political must-haves for any person who wishes to be informed. Be aware though that the staff can be somewhat unusual and occasionally (but not frequently) unhelpful.

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I visit Cliffs as often as possible. Thousands of books in a small location. Hardbacks, paperbacks, records, books on tape. I spend at least two hours sorting through there used book selection.

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I visit Cliffs as often as possible. Thousands of books in a small location. Hardbacks, paperbacks, records, books on tape. I spend at least two hours sorting through there used book selection.

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Cliff's is a classic used bookstore: you could wander the overstuffed aisles for hours, immersing yourself entirely in everything from great literature to old Girl Scout manuals and how-to handbooks. Last time I stopped in, I picked up some first edition Robert Sheckley and a kitschy ladies' guide for a girlie friend, but the opportunities are endless.

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Cliff's is a classic used bookstore: you could wander the overstuffed aisles for hours, immersing yourself entirely in everything from great literature to old Girl Scout manuals and how-to handbooks. Last time I stopped in, I picked up some first edition Robert Sheckley and a kitschy ladies' guide for a girlie friend, but the opportunities are endless.

 

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