Ways to Make Money Off Old CDs, DVDs, Games, and Books

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If you’re anything like me, the whole digital movement has left you with tons of CDs, DVDs, games, and books that you no longer need.  Well instead of just giving these things away have you ever thought about reselling or recycling them?

Before I started buying only digital copies of CDs and DVDs and before Nextflix, Blockbuster Online, Hulu, etc. became popular, I was a big fan of buying used.  As long as the copy I was buying was in good condition, then what did I care?  The amount of money there was to be saved was often $10 or more.  It always seemed like a win, win to me.

Well now that I’ve decided to save space in my home and go digital, I now have tons of CDs, DVDs, games, and books that I no longer need.  I’ve transferred everything to my Kindle and my 2 TB external hard drive and am good to go.

Here are some routes that I’m considering:

  1. Taking my books and DVDs to the used book store buy my house and the games to a game store that sells them used.  The only real problem with this is I’ve done it before and they can get super picky.  You can take 30 things in there and come out with 20 rejected items because they currently have enough copies.
  2. Recycle my CDs, DVDs and games through Music Magpie.  It’s super easy!  All you have to do is put the barcode in from whatever you want to recycle and it’ll tell you what it’s worth. The best part is it’s free!
  3. List them on Amazon’s used site or on Half.com.  I’ve bought tons of books and movies from both of these and think it would be easy to sell my own.
  4. Donate them to the library.  Many libraries not only let you check out books, but they are now letting you rent movies too.  The donation could then make a good tax write off.
  5. Sell them in a garage sale.  This doesn’t seem like the best option, though.  Too much time spent for very little return.

I think my best bet is to either go with Music Magpie, Amazon or Half.com.  As someone who already has way too much on their plate, these seem easy, and I like easy.

How about you?  Have you ever considered reselling or recycling your books, games, DVDs, and CDs?

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  1. MADDIE K says:

    I have so many games from older systems and I still have the systems as well. I only pull them out to play them once in a blue moon. I’m thinking of selling them on Ebay or going to the local game store, whatever will give me the most bang for my buck ya know?

  2. Chrystal D says:

    I’ve never heard of Music Magpie. I’m going to look into that. Thanks!

  3. Good idea for making a little extra money.

  4. Bobby Tarumi says:

    Thanks, been trying to sell some of my old discs for a while now. I forgot I could just donate them to the library if I wanted to just clear up space in the home. Thanks again.

  5. Great ideas! I too have a bunch I need to get rid of, but don’t want to mess with eBay, or like you said, the rejection factor of the half-price stores.

  6. Maria Iemma says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I have loads of old CD and books and was thinking of having a garage sale however your tips have made me consider other ways of selling them and getting some money. I specially like the Library idea and the tax write off.

  7. Angela Cash says:

    Thank you for the great info. I was not familiar with Half.com or MusicMagpie before reading this. Definitely plan to check out both sites!

  8. Widyaning A says:

    I have some old stuffs … time to convert it. Thanks for sharing.

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