Value of Encyclopedia Americana

What is the estimated value of a complete set of the encyclopedia Americana in perfect condition?

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

These books have very little value, unless they are a first edition of a rare book. You can take it to a bookseller, but I think you will find they are not that valuable.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

Pretty much zero. My husband is a part time auctioneer and people never bid on them. They can't even give them away.

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February 16, 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. 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 possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.
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February 16, 20170 found this helpful

I beg to differ. I spent many years selling books online and people will still habitually want a complete set of these. I sold once a complete Britannica for close to $1k simply because the buyer was nostalgic.

True, it doesn't happen often but if I were you and you don't need to get rid of them right away you should just list them on eBay and see what happens. I saw sets on there listed for $200

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

You are asking for an estimated value - for what reason? Do you plan to try and sell these? Are you thinking local or Internet? These are good questions because each of these have different problems and also time necessary to sell.

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Local: Craig's List is good and you may have several other local sites to explore. May not bring a lot of money but there will be no difficult shipping involved and usually free listing.
Internet/On-Line sale: Amazon and eBay are probably your best bet but you need to check out each one before making a decision. Just remember - shipping is real "pain".
Here are 2 eBay current listings for your type of books:

www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=encyclopedia+americana...

www.ebay.com/.../encyclopedia-americana

Here is a link showing what sets of books actually sold for:

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

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

My husband is an auctioneer part time. These rarely sell, they often throw them away after auctions because they get no bids.

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