You may have already come across Music Magpie and there are a few sites similar to them – Trade Your Stuff, Zapper.co.uk and Webuybooks.co.uk to name a few. Getting your kids to sell some of their unwanted CD’s and DVD’s through them can be a good way for you to clear some space and for both you and them to share the reward.
I trialled Musicmagpie out by selling some of my old CD’s and DVD’s last week. If you haven’t come across these type of sites, they will buy your second hand cd’s, dvd’s and games which they sell on in a reconditioned state at a tidy profit. I downloaded an app from itunes, scanned the items (which was a lot more fun then entering codes and quite child friendly) and got an instant price offer. If you want to sell more than 25 things, they will even come and collect them for free which makes it easier than some other sites which require you to cover postage and packing for.
There is a catch of course, they offer little when compared to the average price of a new CD and if you send in something they don’t like (make sure the original covers and CD is in good condition), you won’t get paid for that item. Most mainstream cd’s I sold were valued at about 35p.
Top tip: Make sure that your children understand the process and the trade in price. A good way to do this is to research the value of that CD new alongside what the trade in site is offering. This won’t make you lots of money – so make sure you explore the alternatives before committing to it.
If your stuff is in good condition and you have a bit more time, Ebay can also be a great option– we wrote a post about that here. If you have multiple copies of unwanted Horrid Henry stories and they are in good condition, look at batching them up to sell to another family who are about to make the costly purchase!
If you want to introduce your kids to charitable giving and generate plenty of karma, encourage your kids to give their unwanted things to a charity shop. Charity Shops are likely to make a lot more out of them than you will selling them to a trade in site and it can be a brilliant way of getting your children into giving. Many charity shops will send you an update of how much your items go for as part of their Gift Aid policy and it can give your children an immense sense of satisfaction.