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I have a copy of A Child's History of the World, by Hillyer, that I'm not sure what to do with...

 

It's a hardcover, most recent date is 1951. The binding is great, but pages are starting to tan. No writing, tears, don't see any stains, or anything like that on the inside. The paper jacket is tearing along the edges. It has that great "old book" smell. :)

 

Anyway, I don't need it and was going to sell it, so I started checking to see how much these usually sell for....

 

:001_huh:

 

The selling prices on ebay seem to range from $10 - $50 for this book; and the prices on amazon were outrageous.

 

So, how do I know how much to ask? The more recent editions seem to sell for around $20. Is this one worth more because it's older; or is it worth less because it's older and doesn't look as nice as the newer ones?

 

I just don't want to sell it for $10 to someone that's going to turn around and sell it for $50... KWIM?

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I bought a 1st edition of CHOW last year for about $10. I can't remember the date, but it was red, hardback, good binding, and the pages were clean, not yellowed at all. (I don't know what kind of a "deal" I got; I just needed the book.) I agree that Ebay might be a good idea.

 

Take care,

Suzanne

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I've got an entire set of first edition Little House books--- Helen Sewell/Mildred Boyle illustrations. I've been trying to find out what they're worth, if anything, for a long time and can't find it out.

 

Sorry, I"m no help at all!

 

astrid

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"Boyle," not "Boyel." Cat walked across my keyboard!
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On ABE it is priced between $30 and $185. There are 19 copies listed. The likely reason for the span of prices is that someone listed it at a high price thinking it was a rare book and would fetch a lot of money. The next seller wanted to sell the book soon, so they priced theirs a bit lower, and so forth.

 

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Hillyer&bi=h&bx=off&ds=30&recentlyadded=all&sortby=17&sts=t&tn=A+Child%27s+History+of+the+World&x=66&y=5&yrl=1951

 

On eBay, similar copies have recently sold for between $10 and $50.

 

It is worth what someone will pay for it.

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On ABE it is priced between $30 and $185. There are 19 copies listed. The likely reason for the span of prices is that someone listed it at a high price, and the next seller wanted to sell the book, so they priced theirs a bit lower, and so forth.

 

Actually, I've heard the reason for the crazy high prices sometimes is that the seller will list some copies really high and others at more reasonable but still higher than usually valued prices because they're more likely to sell that way. Ugh, right? But as you say, whatever people will pay...

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Actually, I've heard the reason for the crazy high prices sometimes is that the seller will list some copies really high and others at more reasonable but still higher than usually valued prices because they're more likely to sell that way. Ugh, right? But as you say, whatever people will pay...

 

Probably there are sellers like that. We don't do that, but we have some highly priced books which are more valuable because we have the only copy or two available online.

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