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Value of 1948 Encyclopedia Americana?

I have a set of Encyclopedia Americana, the 1948 edition. What is it worth?

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Many people try to sell their old Encyclopedias on eBay. Some sit on eBay for months on end. There really isn't a high demand for old encyclopedia. You might be able to asked $50 for the set. However, the cost of boxing these up and sending them in the mail will cost a fortune. Therefore, it is better to find a person in your area that is willing to buy them.

You can also donate these to a school. Libraries have so many I don't they they accept anymore.

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August 13, 20170 found this helpful

Many people have old books they think are valuable and would like to sell. Most old dictionaries, references etc., have very little value, a few dollars at most. Encyclopedias dated after 1923 are essentially worthless but crafters may be interested for the old pictures. Libraries, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., receive donations of tons of old encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference books but send them to recycling centers or dumps as they cannot use or sell them.

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You can check online for old book collectors, on EBay, Craigs List and other retail sites for

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Shipping is always a problem with large sets of books - expensive and difficult to pack safely.
You may be better off trying to sell on Craigslist as there would be no shipping involved. You could start your price at $75 dollars and if no takers, adjust it until you decide if they will or will not sell.

It looks like there are some books listed on Amazon but they are listing individual books for $33 and may never sell them. eBay has some sets listed (other years) but these are very, very slow movers and can be listed for months and months and never sell.

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Most thrift stores will not take them and library book sales will not take them as they cannot sell them and just have to dump them. Sometimes home schoolers will buy a set but will not pay very much.

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Unless it is complete and is over 100 years old, it has little value. You might be better off financially by donating it and taking the tax deduction.

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