Many people have old books they want to sell because they believe they are valuable. Best antique dictionaries, references, and others are worth only a few bucks at most. After 1923, encyclopedias were worthless, but craftspeople may be interested in vintage photographs. Fortunately, there are various ways for getting rid of the entire set without tossing it away.
Donate your old encyclopedias to a school or library in your community. This choice is contingent on the age of the books and if schools and libraries accept older encyclopaedia sets. Even if the school or library cannot use the books can be sold at fundraisers for the school or library. Donate them to a theatre or a playhouse. They might be part of a set for an upcoming play at your local theatre.
Check if your favourite charity has a thrift store that will accept your donated encyclopedias. Your chosen charity may even Donate the books to youngsters in other nations who do not have access to a sufficient number of books to study and read.
Although determining the worth of a collection of encyclopedias or even a single volume isn’t market variety exists. A book’s value is whatever someone is willing to pay for it. That oversimplified explanation does not assist the average person in determining the worth of their encyclopedias. The truth is that most encyclopaedia sets aren’t worth much.
For the past 33 years, Books Appraised has worked as a professional book appraiser. The vast majority of encyclopaedia sets cost less than $75 at retail. Single volumes are correspondingly less expensive. So, while the 1958 set of World Books isn’t going to pay off your vehicle loan, it might be enough to pay for supper for two – or a year’s subscription to a reference website. It might be worth selling your encyclopedias if you can locate a buyer and negotiate packing and shipping expenses that allow you to make a respectable profit. Condition, edition, supply and demand, and, of course, the time investment required to locate a buyer are all aspects to consider.
Most donation organizations accept books, but it’s a little more to get rid of your encyclopedia collection. Put your encyclopedias in a box and drop them off at a local used bookshop. Try local schools and libraries if you’re seeking more use for your old encyclopedias.
Searching for similar copies and seeing what prices are requested is one approach to estimating a book’s approximate value.
If you wish to sell your encyclopedias, first check to see if your edition or volume is now available for purchase — and how much it costs. Then, if you decide to sell it, figure out how much packaging and shipping will cost (and who will pay for it: buyer, seller, or split). Finally, you’ll be able to decide whether selling your encyclopedias is worth your time and effort.