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Is Amazon's Trade-in Program a Bargain?

Updated on January 8, 2015
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Conley is a retired Engineering Programs Manager, the Author of a "Web Page Design Guide" and the owner and creator of several websites.

The list below is defined by Wikipedia as elements of a Bargain:

  • The process whereby buyer and seller agree upon the price of goods or services.
  • An agreement to exchange goods at a price
  • Such an agreement where one of the parties thinks the price is very favorable.

Are you interested in bargains?

Does your family have a collection of old video games, electronics, books, movies, etc., which you would consider trading in for the hottest new releases? Did you know that you can trade-in your old items (if they are on the list) and get the new updated items with Amazon's money saving trade-in program?

Below is a partial list of items which you can trade-in on the purchase of the latest releases at Amazon:

  • Textbooks
  • Electronics
  • Movies & TV
  • Music
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Game Accessories
  • Video Game Media

The Amazon Trade-In Program provides customers with an Amazon Gift Card in exchange for over a million eligible items including video games, DVDs, CDs, electronics, and books. The process is easy and convenient with free shipping (with UPS), an immediate offer, and no required registration or listing.

To participate, Amazon requires you to be at least 18 years old, ship your trade-in products only from the United States, and have a physical address or P.O. Box located in the United States.

In general, all trade-in items must be in at least acceptable condition and the item you wish to trade in must match the exact version displayed on the product page on and meet Amazon's Trade-In Program Terms & Conditions.

Among the trade-in service businesses, Amazon appears to consistently offer the most money back for trade-in items, however the down side is that they only pay you with Amazon gift cards. While other services may give you cash back that you can use anywhere, Amazon is more limited. This may be why they offer more value than the other services. If you’re going to spend the money on Amazon anyway, and we all know that you can usually get the best buy at Amazon, you might as well go with the Amazon program.

To be fair, some people have complained that Amazon's trade-in program is a scam because Amazon’s team decided that their trade-in item did not meet Amazon's trade-in requirements and either offered less after examining the item or shipped the item back to the owner. Some may have the perception that they were scammed as they feel that they were enticed to buy based on the initial trade-in offer.

Consider these benefits:

  • You get the best prices on the new items
  • You get free shipping
  • You save more money by trading in the old items.

If you are interested in updating any of your items acceptable for trade-in, then it could be worth your time to take a look at Amazon's Trade-in Program.

Perhaps you can find your bargain!

Trade In Your Old Items to Amazon

  • Amazon Trade-In Store
    Trade in over a million items for an Gift Card. Get an offer immediately and ship your items for free. You can trade in books, electronics, video games, Movies & TV DVDs, Music and more.


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