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Value of Waverley Encyclopedias

I have a set of 8 Waverley Encyclopedias, plus Universal English Dictionary, Waverley. Would these be worth anything or should they be binned?

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

Most encyclopedias don't have much value, unless they are complete and over 100 years old. I would donate mine, rather than throw them away.

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August 6, 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 possibilities. Everything is now online and updated constantly so old books are just that-old.

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August 6, 20170 found this helpful

I agree that the books won't bring you much money if sold. However, you can try checking with a local school in your area if they would be interested in your encyclopedias. Considering how easy it is to find information online this might not be of much interest. You might also like to check with a few shelters in your area. This would make a great donation for people in need. Furthermore, you can check with the Salvation Army or Red Cross about donating the books to a foreign country. Some countries teach underprivileged children English and these books would be of some value to them.

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

Are you in the US?
Most answers will apply to US sales.
This type of book is difficult to sell and many places (in the US) will not accept them as they can very rarely sell them.

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If local auctions are available to you or something like Freecycle it would be nice if you listed them for free and maybe someone who home schools their children might like to have them.
There are some craft people who will use them sometimes but would not pay to get them (too many free ones).
Dictionaries fall in the same category but occasionally someone will buy an older edition but maybe for $5-10 dollars.

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