Just when we think we're free from yesterday's cumbersome media, it rears its ugly head up again. We recently visited my mom's house to clean out her garage as part of spring cleaning, and in the process discovered a big box of CDs I thought I had already donated or sold years
ago. They eventually made their way to Goodwill, but I wish I had waited just a little longer, since Amazon recently announced they're offering a CD Trade-In Program...Once limited to more expensive trade-in items camera gear
, Kindle, iPads, iPhones, and Android tablets, Amazon's CD Trade-In Program
now let's you search for CDs to trade-in (if they meet their acceptability criteria
), ship them for free at their cost, and then a little while later after processing, receive an Amazon Gift Card directly into your account.
Of course, trade-in values range considerably. A quick scan of categories reveals trade-in values range from $0.50 to $6.40 (there are probably many above and below this range, but it's a bit much to scan the whole library of genres). An example: that Hunger Games
soundtrack? You'd get just $2.95 credit, while the cheapest used sales price listed is $6.69.
As The Next Web notes, "at the moment, Amazon does not resell used CDs, though a variety of used and like new offerings are available through [its] marketplace", so it's actually third-party merchants handling this trade-in process. Still, if you've migrated to an all digital library (we don't even have an optical drive in our laptop any longer), and still have some CDs stored away, here's an option to fill your Amazon credit coffers for media just gathering dust.
Via The Next Web
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