Value of Encyclopedia Britannica Set (1969) 

I have a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1969), 23 volumes plus the index. It is in excellent condition.

I am trying to figure out a realistic selling price for the set. Any ideas?

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April 15, 20180 found this helpful
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Research on the year - 1969 - shows some very low prices and some very high asking prices but selling prices are low.

  • You can continue to research eBay, Etsy, Amazon and other Google sites as well as your local Craigslist but sets are very slow sellers at any price.
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  • Many sellers keep relisting their books for months and months and many never sell.
  • Here is a link to listings presently on eBay and the books that sold (sold is in green numbers) so you can see there are not a lot of sets sold for very much money. No 1969 set was sold over the past 4-5 months although there are several listed at different times.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_odkw=Encyclopedia+Britannica...
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&...
  • You should notice that almost all sets listed for sale have shipping set with "pink up only" which means they are for sale in their local area only as shipping is much too difficult and expensive.
  • This limits the potential buyers to where you live so the price is basically dependent on how large a city area your books are located.
  • On another site in 2016 a set sold for $22.
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  • www.ebth.com/.../3070792-1969-complete-200th-anniversary...
  • The value of these sets is an often asked question on ThriftyFun so maybe you would like to look over some previous answers for ideas.
  • www.thriftyfun.com/Finding-the-Value-of-Encyclopedia...
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April 15, 20180 found this helpful

You would be better off financially donating it and taking a tax deduction. Encyclopedias less than 100 years old have very little value.

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