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Value of Collier's National Encyclopedia?

I have a set of 10 volumes plus the index of Colliers National encyclopedia, copyright date 1932, 1933, 1934. What are they worth?

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November 12, 20180 found this helpful

Encyclopedias must be complete and 100 years old to have value. You are not that far away. Why dont you consult some book dealers and see what they say?

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November 13, 20180 found this helpful

Here is a link on eBay that shows the sold and unsold versions which if they match yours can tell you the value (the sold ones) or what is too high a value to ask (those unsold) (without a photo I can't tell you exactly what yours is since there are often many varieties of covers and conditions):

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=colliers...

When you see the one that was sold for 60 dollars best offer, you don't know the exact value it sold for, but you know that it is less than 60 dollars. From my experience, people offer from 1/2 to 2/3 of asking price--so you can guestimate it sold for between $30 and $40.

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These are very heavy, so if you sell online, the buyer typically pays shipping, so you can add an estimate of shipping fees to your value if you sell in an in person venue...the buyer pays the asking price + the shipping.

I know some folks disagree with that, but I have been selling online for many years and people's biggest fuss is shipping costs...and I have had people refuse to buy because they are too high.

Sadly this is the USPS fees, not my fees as when I sell, I only add a small handling charge (typically under $1 and the rest is actual what it costs to get it to them).

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November 13, 20180 found this helpful

PS. Green means sold, black is unsold. I gave you both so you can get a feel for selling prices (value) and asking prices (what people thing is the value, but buyers are NOT willing to pay)!

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