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Cash for Trash

Updated on November 17, 2012

Wisemen have told us long ago that nothing is a waste in this world. Even the most worthless things in this world can be used for some worthwhile purpose. Only you should know how. President Obama introduced this concept with the Cash for Clunkers program of his. You exchange your old inefficient vehicle for a brand new one and you get money for that. With Cash for Clunkers being a hit, dealers from other fields are also following their counterparts from the automobile industry and coming up with offers to buy old disposable stuff from people and offer them good things in return. I hope you know about Department of Energy’s Energy Star program in which you can exchange your old household appliances like refrigerators, air-conditioners for new efficient appliances with the Energy Star label.

Inspired by this concept of converting trash to cash, many garment dealers, toy dealers etc. started offering their goods for old ones. Now you can convert your old CDs, DVDs and books into cash as you’re going to get money on exchanging them. This time it’s not the Obama government pushing the projects. Some good dealers have taken it upon themselves to start off this project. Unlike the earlier government programs, this program is not going to take place in real life stores or garages but through online websites. You don’t’ have to carry your material to any sale venue like you did for the cash for clunkers or the Energy Star program. You simply have to mail your goods to the websites and they’re going to pay you checks or make money transfers through Paypal. Now that’s a cool deal isn’t it? I think it’s the most convenient thing for you to do, but I wonder if they’ll cover your mailing charges which may turn up to be pretty high. …Hey! I just checked it out and it seems the retailers are going to pay the mailing charges with other services. Now that’s fantastic isn’t it? They give you a price quote through their website for your used DVDs and they will buy everything you have in one easy hassle free transaction. You get a free shipping label that you print out and stick on your box. Expect a payment by PayPal or check in two weeks after shipping to them. Now if you’re too lazy for this, there’s very little I can do about it.

Hmmm …so do you think this exchange deal is only about things to your advantage? Of course not! A coin has a flip side too! You might send in your goods in response to a quote made for a certain kind of product. If the dealer’s description does not match that of your used items, the amount of money that they’ll quote or pay for your item will differ from the original quote. For example, if a website promises to offer you $20 for used books, if it finds that your used books are different from what they have specified in their requirements, they are not going to pay the quoted amount. They’re going to pay lesser than what they quoted. The online sites can also reject your mailed goods if they find that you are not paying up some required charges. Well, the advantage that you are going to get from this is that the deals are better than what you’d get by directly interacting with Craiglist or EBay. For mailing dvds cds you’d better visit DVDhunt is critique website of service quality, payout prices and reliability of any online business involved in the purchasing of DVDs, cds or videogames from the public. They cover reviews of best places to sell.

Here are some guidelines for you to see to it that you don’t end up being at a loss because of the whole transaction. First of all, you should see that the website that you’ve chosen to transact with has got a good Better Business Bureau rating. Otherwise you are in for the biggest hassles on your way. You’ll not be paid a fair amount for your old ware or you’ll be charged extra amounts which will surface as hidden costs. If the Better Business Bureau is giving a website under consideration an A grade go for it without any hesitation. But if the grade is not even a B you’d better not try transacting with that website. Visit the BBB customer care officials and find out if the website that you are interested in has any complaints from its users and how the website has resolved those complaints if it has.

It’s always better for you to know the true worth of your used items. Check out for prices at which comparable items are being quoted on EBay, etc. and see if the website that’s buying your old products is doing so at a worthy price.

When you want to sell your CDs or DVD’s, this is what you’ve got to follow:

  • Used CDs and DVDs will fetch you anywhere between $1 to $7. The price of your CD or DVD will depend upon the demand for its title and its condition. So if you want to sell a used CD or DVD of a hit Hollywood movie or a very popular game, be prepared to get the highest quote for it provided you’ve maintained it well.
  • Just check out if your CD, DVD or game is one with a high supply. Most probably the website will not buy such CDs. Even though they are in good condition and are one of the most popular.


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      bruce 8 years ago

      Word on the street is that sumner redstone is looking to raise money for CBS viacom and sell a million dvds on ebay. Note to Sumner: if you have used dvds you need to sell call me. Im trying to build up my collection.

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      vincelombarbi 8 years ago

      thanks for the honest opinion.

    • profile image 8 years ago

      thanks. good read.