I am moving into a new apartment in about a month, and I’ve already started the process of getting rid of things that I would rather not move.
I have an unwritten rule that if I haven’t used something in the last year, I should get rid of it. One of the first things I noticed that fell into this category was my old collection of DVDs. I have some great movies, but now that I have a Blu-Ray player (my PS3), I couldn’t bear to watch anything off a regular DVD.
Once a man goes HD, he never goes back. Although apparently women don’t have the same problem. Usually my girlfriend with 20/20 vision can’t tell the difference between standard and high definition. I don’t even have good eyesight, but I cringe whenever I see standard definition anymore.
Movie Segue – Life is Beautiful
The only movie I even had to think twice about selling was Life is Beautiful. The first time I saw this movie was in a philosophy class during my freshman year of college. I couldn’t look like a wuss so I forced myself not to cry in front of the rest of my classmates. I later rented the movie to watch with my girlfriend and cried my freaking eyes out.
And I’ll have you know that I cry, on average, less than once a year. It’s just not a physical response my body deems necessary often. This movie is the exception. Definitely one of the top five movies I have ever seen.
How to Sell Old Movies and Games
There are a lot of ways to sell your old stuff. Determining how you want to do it is usually a matter of convenience and time versus the type and amount of money you get for your items. I’ll go over two traditional ways to sell your games, and a new favorite for me.
Trade in at a Local Store
You can trade your movies to a local video, game, or book store, usually for store credit. The nice thing about this is you can trade in your items and have store credit in hand immediately. The problem is, you’re not going to get even close to fair value for your item and you get store credit that is only good for more of the same stuff you just got rid of.
I have traded in video games at places like Gamestop in the past, and have always felt like I was getting completely ripped off. I love convenience, but I’m way too cheap not to get at least a decent value for my trade in. You may remember my disdain for the lack of a robust video game trading website.
Sell on eBay, Amazon, or Half
If you want to get as much money as possible for your stuff, you can try to auction it on eBay or sell it on Half.com or Amazon. These are great options because you pay a small fee but can easily double what you might have gotten in a local trade in. You also get your payment in cash, which is obviously much better than any kind of store credit.
The problem with this method is that it may take you a very long time to sell your items. If you have a lot to sell, you’ll constantly be making trips to the post office to ship everything. You have to monitor your email like a hawk and make sure to ship things quickly. To me it’s not worth the hassle, even though it’s the best way to maximize revenue.
If only there was a way to get the convenience of a trade in, but get more money and something better than video store credit…
Trade in on Amazon
Two weeks ago, I didn’t even know this was an option. The Trade-In section of Amazon offers a place where you can trade in your old movies, video games, books and electronics. You just search for your product from that link and they will tell you how much you can get for the trade in. You can do up to $750 of trading in at a time. Then you just print a UPS shipping label and you send everything to Amazon with no cost to you.
They will receive your package, make sure everything is what you said it would be, and then give you a credit to your Amazon account. If you send them the wrong DVD or something that doesn’t work, they just send it back to you.
I can’t say for sure if Amazon pays more for the trade in than a local store, but I would always take Amazon credit over a local store credit. You can pretty much buy anything at Amazon, making that credit actually useful.
My Stuff Was Worth $93
I basically had a bunch of crap that I might have thrown out, but instead I’m sending it to Amazon for $93. What a deal! I think I’m going to use that money to buy a new computer chair. I’m typing this right now in a $15 Wal-Mart chair and my butt feels like I’ve been riding a Huffy for the last 10 hours. Not pleasant.
Update: Thanks to a great reader comment (Thanks Chris!) I was just made aware that there is a place to sell old CDs. I didn’t think there was a market for used CDs, but apparently there is. Check out abundatrade if you have CDs to unload.