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Subject: WWYD? Britannica Great Books of the Western World
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 3:26 AM ET
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I've been going back and forth and back again about this in my pointy little head and then I thought of you guys! 


I got a 54-volume set of Britannica's Great Books of the Western World last year.  I was thrilled to get it, and it's pretty neet to have the whole set, but there's no way I can read these books (the type is way too small for my old eyes), which is what I wanted them for, even though they do look nice on the shelf! I thought about just posting them, and then using the credits to request newer editions.  There are 54 volumes, but there are a lot more than 54 books in the set. 


They were published in 1952, so there are no ISBNs.  My brain fogs over just thinking about entering all those books.  And they would be hard to find for someone who really wants them, I think -- unless there's some handy dandy search thing that I don't know about yet.  If I post them as a set, that's only one credit!  And there are 54 books!  But I couldn't post them as a set, because there's no ISBN. 


I thought about posting in the Bazaar, but that place is such a zoo, I don't think anyone would even see the post. And don't you have to offer some kind of deal to post there?  I can't even imagine how much it will cost to mail all of these.  On the other hand, that would be the way to keep the set complete -- I hate to break it up.  These guys have been together for over 50 years!  Who knows how they'll take being separated!  LOL! 


The confusion above is just the tip of the iceberg as to what my poor little brain has been trying -- unsuccessfully -- to wade through. 



Okay, okay -- so the point is -- what would you do?  Any thoughts or suggestions?  Maybe I should just keep them, leave them to The Kid when I die and let HIM deal with it!  LOL!

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 7:32 AM ET
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What about posting it locally in your library or the paper?  You won't be shipping that way. 

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 8:09 AM ET
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You could also try listing them on Craigs List.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 8:44 AM ET
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Sell them on ebay.


Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I'd sell them on eBay, too, since you can set your own shipping.  Search Amazon for B000EOGWDG (it's their ISBN replacement),  B000NWXN5E, B0013K0OOS and B000TMJS34 - to get an idea of the price they're going for. 

Sell them as a set; I've got most of them and have had to sell them individually - you get waaaay less individually.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:33 AM ET
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uhmmm.. how many books are in the set.

how many credits would you take..


*starts rubbing her hands together maniacally*



Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:33 AM ET
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PS:  That was a serious question.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:39 AM ET
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I'd agree w/ Anna & others -- Ebay would be a good bet.    From reading the wikipedia article, your 54-volume set IS a complete set.   That was the original edition.   They expanded it to 60 volumes in the 1990 2nd edition, but 54 volumes was the full set in the original edition.   They sound like lovely books - I'd be very tempted to buy them from you myself, but we've got  the Harvard Classics which cover much of the same writings.

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 10:10 PM ET
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Thanks for all the feedback!  I still haven't decided what to do -- but I appreciate the ideas!  Frozen brains are so -- inconvenient.  LOL! 

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 10:55 PM ET
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The Great Books collection sells for $600 (eta: new sets are well over $1,000) at the local used book store here.  I think you should definitely consider selling them somewhere.  If I had enough credits I'd offer one per volume but I'd be robbing you, especially if they're in good condition (considering they're vintage...drool).

If it were me I'd keep them.  I've been trying to get at that $600 set for over a year now but it'll take stopping all other book purchases for a while (which has been like trying to quit cigarettes lol).

edited the following morning to add:  I'm still thinking about the idea of a 57 year old edition of this series...I can't get it out of my head.  I hope the OP updates so I can have closure! lol

Last Edited on: 7/11/08 7:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Ebay... we've sold 2 sets there for a few hundred, and have a 3rd set for sale here at the store (James, ours is WAY less than that $600 they are VERY over priced, i'd tell them that you know of another store that is selling the same set for $175, and see what they say!) ..if you don't want to deal with shipping (it's 3 huge heay boxes), then try craigslist.