Value of Encyclopedia Britannica

I have a complete set of encyclopedias and micropedias with dictionaries from the late 1980s. I am just wondering what they could be worth. Unfortunately they are just sitting in a box collecting dust.

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December 15, 20160 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.
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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December 17, 20160 found this helpful

My husband is an auctioneer part time. Most old books have no value. People don't even bid on them at auction.

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December 31, 20160 found this helpful

i know that it is almost unbelievable that great books like this have almost no value but probably you can blame the Internet for this.

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Most charities will not even accept them because they usually go to the trash bin. Even library book sales cannot usually get rid of them.

Sorry but I hope you can find someone to give them to.

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