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Swap CDs Online : Free Music CD Swapping Sites
Trade In Your Old Cds For New Ones
If you are a music lover then you're going to love the idea of online music swap sites and trading clubs!
The awesome idea behind these sites is to make it easy to swap the music CD's you're tired of, never wanted or just 'acquired' over the years (ex-boyfriends junk etc.) for new music CDs you do actually want for little more than the price of media mail postage.
That's right, you get to swap the CDs you hate for ones you might actually listen to! And don't think that you need top of the charts music to participate either, you'd be truly surprised at what people are looking for. One man's trash is another man's treasure as they say.
SwapACD - Get A FREE CD
This is by far the best cd swapping website I have found for exchanging old unwanted music discs for something better.
At swapacd, you alsoget one free credit, which equates to you get a free CD of your choice from those available from other members in the CD club just for joining and listing your first 10 CDs available for trading.
This music exchange site works in what I consider to be the most common sense way of trading anything online. Here, you get one free credit after you have listed the first 10 albums you want to get rid of which means you can request an album off of someone else on the site immediately and check out how this kind of site works. After that, you receive more credits for each CD you send out which you can then use to request any of the 300,000+ albums, singles etc. available to be swapped in the online catalogue.
So, basically in exchange for giving away one of your CDs, you get to pick from 300,000 others for your collection. If your CD has more than one disc (e.g. it's a double album or a collection of some kind) then you get a credit per disc, so a three disc collection gets you three credits to spend. In addition, for further bargain hunting check out their forum in the category marked "Book Bazaar" where's you will find other users offering deals on their collections, often 2 or 3 CDs for 1 credit, allowing you to stretch your credits even further.
Swapacd is a great way to get free music for your ipod or mp3 player.
SwapTree - Swap CD Music and More
At SwapTree you deal one to one with other people looking to offload their unwanted books, movies and CDs. The nice thing here is you do not have to just swap a CD for another one, but can choose to get a book or movie or computer game instead if you can find someone willing to do the trade with you. The flexibility is great, but with one rather huge issue.
The the main difference with SwapTree compared to SwapACD is the lack of a 'points system'. At SwapTree, you have to find someone to do a direct trade with..i.e. I'll swap my CD for your CD. If the person who wants your LadyGaGa CD doesn't have anything you want, there's no deal and vice versa. At SwapACD, you'd just send them your CD, get a credit and spend it on a CD from anyone else's list, giving you thousands more options to find something you want.
Another issue for me is when you list an item the system tells you what you could get for it. Great! So I can see everything I could trade my Elvis Costello CD for...except, that list could be tens of thousands of items...which no one has the time to sift through. If I view my account right now I can go look at all 18,821 items I can get...umm, I'll pass.
Aside from those 'little' niggles, SwapTree has a nice size community of users and you'll probably have some success swapping your CDs here if you can deal with some of the absurdities.
Where To Sell Your Old CD Music Online
Typically, old CDs are not worth an awful lot these days and because of that, it's not really worth the hassle of listing them somewhere...and hence the appeal of joining a used CD swapping site instead. However, if you've got a more recent release or something a little rarer...or you just want cash, any cash no matter how little for your collection, then there are some other options for selling CDs online.
The two totally obvious routes for selling old CDs are the Amazon Marketplace, Half.com and eBay. Both have a huge number of users so you've got a good chance of making a quick-ish sale if your item is remotely in any kind of demand. The downside is you'll be competing with other sellers and paying some commission and other fees to the listing site. If your item is only worth a couple of bucks as many CDs are, those fees and commision payments can leave you with very little out of the transaction.
If you'd rather not deal with the hassle of listing items, writing descriptions, taking pictures and then having to deal with often picky online customers, then you could trying selling to any of the second hand CD stores online. Some of the more prominent used CD music sites include SecondSpin, Spun or Wherehouse.com. Both will give you a quote online after you enter in the serial numbers and condition so you can see what your stuff is worth before you decide to part with it.
Why CD Recycling Is a Good Thing
Yup, all of the above is actually a good thing for more than just your pocketbook. You can also pat yourself on the back for doing a little something to help out the environment. It is estimated that millions of unwanted CDs are just thrown away every year. Yes, dumped out, not given away to friends, donated, reused or recycled but simply thrown out to sit in a landfill for oh, apparently around 1 million years according to some estimates before they completely break down.
Not only is that a huge waste of natural resources (an average CD needs crude oil, natural gas, aluminium and several other materials which can include gold to produce) which could have been salvaged through recycling, but also means that anyone who would have gladly accepted that CD from you now has to go buy it...thus ensuring the manufacturer has to produce at least one more plastic disc unecessarily. *sigh*
By contributing to a used CD swapping site you encourage the reuse of such existing items, reduce the number of new ones being produced and generally, keep a lot of plastic trash from filling up our landfills whilst saving yourself some cash in the process.
If your used CDs are very scratched and no longer usable then consider a CD recycling location if you can find one near you. They will reclaim what precious elements they can and safely dispose of the rest. You can also take advantage of some of the many excellent reuse ideas out there for scratched up CD music and old movie and computer discs which include such things as bird scarers, letter holders and coasters, disco balls...the list is endless for those of a crafty nature and for those who aren't here are some really cool ways to reuse CDs from those who are.