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How to Sell Your Used CDs online

Updated on June 30, 2015

What's my collection worth?

Unless you're a CD collector, chances are most of the CDs in your collection will only be worth a couple dollars each (at most). But, before you haul all those discs to your local store (or a bulk buyer online), it's worth checking if any of them have held value.

How much is each disc worth?

If you have a smartphone, Amazon's app is the best way to get a quick idea what an album is worth. Look for the "scan it" button. The app can recognize the cover of an album, or the UPC (UPC is better to make sure you have the right item).

Once an album is recognized, look at how much it will cost to buy. If the price is under $1, that means it's a popular (or undesirable) title. These items probably aren't worth the time or effort to sell on Amazon, so put these in a separate pile or box.

If the price is $1-5, make a second pile. Anything over $5 will definitely be a contender to sell on Amazon, Half.com, Ebay, or other sites.

How do you want to sell your CDs?

How do you want to sell your CDs?

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Make a catalog

There are a number of ways to catalog CDs (including apps designed for music collections). The most important piece of information is the UPC code on the back of the disc. The most efficient way to make a catalog is to scan these barcodes (using an app that will read barcodes, create a list, and allow you to copy those to a spreadsheet). Make a spreadsheet where each page has the UPC codes for each pile; one for low value, one for medium value ($1-5), and one for high value.

Having a catalog is important iso you can keep track of what you are selling and what you still have. It also allows you to check prices in bulk from certain sites - this will come in handy later.

Promotional Items/Condition

Before you sell anything, it's important to thoroughly check your discs for scratches or signs of being a promotional disc. Sites like Amazon and Half do not allow promotional discs to be sold. These may have a cutout on the jewel case, a hole punch through the case, a hole punch or marking on the UPC code, or a stamp on the liner notes or disc that say "For Promotional Use Only."

For condition, CDs do get scratched from regular use, and you can include that information in the notes when you sell. If an item has significant scratches or doesn't play correctly, don't sell (or sell with caution).

Listing on Amazon/Half/Ebay

In order to sell on Amazon, you have to setup a seller's account (link above)

If you search any item on Amazon, there is an option: "Have one to sell?"

For Half.com, items can be added under "my account" and "manage inventory"

They will ask questions about the condition of the disc, the price you'd like to sell it for, and any notes you'd like to include.

Other websites to sell

Sites like Secondspin and FYE will buy CDs for anywhere from 10 cents to a few dollars (occasional items will be $10 or more). If they are offering to buy a disc for ten cents, it means they probably have plenty in stock already. If you have a spreadsheet with UPC codes, there is an option to "sell in bulk" or create a collection on their website. That way, you can periodically go through and look for the items that are selling for $1 or more; this is the optimal time to sell to them.

Decluttr will buy any disc but they offer a bit less than the other sites. They give you a shipping label (where as the other sites reimburse you for the cost of shipping).

Fees and shipping

To sell on sites like Amazon, Half, or Ebay, they take a fee out every time you make a sale. As a rule of thumb, think of it that you will earn $2 less than the price you have it listed for.

You will be responsible for your own shipping supplies. #0 envelopes work well for individual CDs. You can purchase postage directly from these sites, if you want to avoid a trip to the post office.

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