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post #1 of 23
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What do you do with an old set of encyclopedia? These thing weigh a ton!!
post #2 of 23
having worked in an antiquarian bookshop... the best thing to do with old encyclopedias is trash them... you can put them up on Craiglist... but seriosuly, don't ask for much money for them... 20 bucks tops... my former boss would start snarling and swearing under his breath when someone called asking if he bought old encyclopedia sets... they're outdated... and pretty much worhtless... now if they're REALLY old... as in over 50 years, then a collector MIGHT want then, but won't pay you much, trust me... if they're a few years old, a poorer family might want them... i.e. Craigslist.

But honestly, if you don't get any bites via CL, toss em/burn em/etc... libraries won't want them, and don't bother trying to sell them to a use bookshop... you'll get a few bucks, if that, but more often than not, you'll get laughed at... although they probably won't do it to your face. Just don't put too much effort into rehoming the set.

A lot of it depends on how old they are...

We had a guy at that shop who loved older atlases... loved the old maps... have yet to see anyone want old encyclopedias, but there's always a first.
post #3 of 23
Why not just keep them? They're still full of information even if they aren't the most current editions.
post #4 of 23
I've been wondering the same thing. We have this old readers digest condensed books (no idea what they are) that are from 1960. They are just on a bookshelf here, I don't think any of us have ever actually looked at them. They were here when we moved in.
post #5 of 23
If they are nice bindings, recycle the insides and us the outside for craft stuff.
post #6 of 23
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They are in perfect condition and about 20 years old. I think we will just throw them away. Mom also has over 200 books that we have to decide what to do with them. The classics are staying. We need more boxes to dejunk mom's house than we need to move. LoL
post #7 of 23
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They are in perfect condition and about 20 years old. I think we will just throw them away. Mom also has over 200 books that we have to decide what to do with them. The classics are staying. We need more boxes to dejunk mom's house than we need to move. LoL
If you are packing up things to give to charity, all the charity and they will come and pick it up. That way you don't have to lug the heavy boxes.
post #8 of 23
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Any suggestions on who to call? The American Cancer Society won't take them.
post #9 of 23
Salvation Army maybe?
post #10 of 23
Womens shelter?
post #11 of 23
Y'know, I wonder if a nursing home might like both the encyclopedias and the Reader's Digest condensed books. Elderly people often enjoy having things around from their younger days, things that seem more familiar to them. There was even a study done some time ago in which a group of older people lived for a few weeks at a sort of "camp" set up for them in which everything was as it would have been in 1950 or so -- old magazines lying around, old shows on TV, old furniture, old-fashioned kitchens, everything. And the people in the study showed significant improvement in their morale and in some aspects of their physical health, as well!

I don't imagine some of the ultra-fancy "retirement communities" would be interested in anything used, but the lower-end retirement homes might be able to use them...
post #12 of 23
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I've been wondering the same thing. We have this old readers digest condensed books (no idea what they are) that are from 1960. They are just on a bookshelf here, I don't think any of us have ever actually looked at them. They were here when we moved in.
Those are worth some serious money
post #13 of 23
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They are in perfect condition and about 20 years old. I think we will just throw them away. Mom also has over 200 books that we have to decide what to do with them. The classics are staying. We need more boxes to dejunk mom's house than we need to move. LoL
Never ever throw books away! Donate them to a library or something. Don't throw them away.

Donate them to a charity that may send them over seas to third world countries. Just because you don't have any use for them, doesn't mean that some child somewhere wouldn't appreciate them
post #14 of 23
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Never ever throw books away! Donate them to a library or something. Don't throw them away.

Donate them to a charity that may send them over seas to third world countries. Just because you don't have any use for them, doesn't mean that some child somewhere wouldn't appreciate them
Do you suggest I call all the public libraries? I have no idea who to contact for this set.
post #15 of 23
When i used to work at one of the Salvos op shops, encyclopedias were so popular do be dumped on us, because so many people couldn't be bothered chucking one book a week into their wheely bin to get rid of them. There were so many sets we had no room to sell them so they went straight to the tip. Unfortunately they aren't popular these days.
post #16 of 23
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Do you suggest I call all the public libraries? I have no idea who to contact for this set.
I don't call any library when I donate books. I just box them up and drop them off at the main branch. Then let them do whatever they want with them. I know they don't throw them out. They probably catalogue them or donate them to worthy causes where there is a need.
post #17 of 23
We donate them to local libraries or at work they do a collection for books for schools in 3rd world countries - that is where our last set went
post #18 of 23
Ebay is a wonderful thing! There are people out there that collect encyclopedias. It's worth a try. I just hate to see books thrown away.
post #19 of 23
NOOOO, join your local Freecycle group before you throw them away.... that's a lot of valuable landfill space....

www.freecycle.org for your local chapter....
post #20 of 23
Have you tried the Veterans Hospital?
post #21 of 23
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Have you tried the Veterans Hospital?
Good thinking! I found one place connected with Purple Heart and Veterans. I will have mom call them. We need some charity that will pick them up. I found a few sites but it would cost too much to mail them.
post #22 of 23
I agree with the above, they are pretty much worthless and outdated. You might find someone interested in the volumns with maps or something along those lines, but the entire set I would not give you 2 cents for.

Sorry Best thing to do is trash them a book or two at a time. I know my dad got me and my sister the World Book series and that was in the late 60's early 70's - they were fine for high school - after that they just collected dust. They are worthless - tho I might keep the one with more maps of the world and the cool anatomy one that is "see-thru".
post #23 of 23
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What do you do with an old set of encyclopedia? These thing weigh a ton!!
I trashed mine. You can now get the Encyclopedia Brittanica on an SD card for $40. I have one in my pocket computer so anytime I want information, I just pull it out of my pocket. Maybe if you are lucky somebody will give you forty bucks and you can get one of these SD cards.
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