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I have 6 half calf volumes vii to XII of All the Year Round

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I have 6 half calf volumes vii to XII of All the Year Round by Charles Dickens March 1862-Jan 1865 Condition good .Some foxing. What should i expect to get for them?
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Early bound editions of “All Year Round”, a weekly magazine founded by Charles Dickens, retail for an average of $200 (119GBP) per volume. With 6 volumes that is an approximate sales value of $1200 (714GBP).

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks for the retail value.Presumably if I sell them to an antiquarian book dealer or at auction I would expect a much lower price. Any rough idea what it would be reasonable to accept?

Hi Bryan,

If you sell them directly to a dealer, which I recommend as a 'last option' they will generally offer 10 - 30% of the retail value.

If you go through an auction, it is more than possible to reach the retail price when sold, however, the auctioneer may charge a seller's fee in the average range of 20%.

An excellent venue is Ebay. It is where the most people who want this type of book would first typically search. There, you can place any opening bid price. The key to a successful sale on there is proper category placement, key search words and correct spelling.

Another option would be to list your items on Craigslist yourself at a fair price. Craigs is free and they do not take a fee, so that is where you will make the most out of the end price. I do suggest, that if a buyer contacts you through Craigs, that you meet them at an agreed upon location - I do not recommend letting a stranger meet you at your home.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance on how to sell your books.

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