Earn Extra Money/Credit – Trade in DVDs

March 28, 2012 11:49 am · 7 comments

One way to earn a little extra money or store credit is to turn in some DVDs/BluRays that may just be collecting dust in your house. You might be able to find stores near you that specialize in cash back for DVDs. We’ve found places such as Disc Replay and even some Gamestop stores in our area.  There’s also a way to turn your DVDs in for Amazon credit. While you won’t get the cashback, you can use the credits to buy anything they sell, including Organic Foods and possible gifts for someone on your list.

In the past, we have asked for TV Show DVD sets for Christmas/Birthdays. We loved the convenience of watching them whenever we wanted to without dealing with bad streaming or having to watch ads. We also didn’t have to wait for all the episodes to be added. We’ve often shared our DVDs with family/friends, as well. Some of these cost barely anything during the holidays when some stores have “Black Friday” sales or quick hot deals on them. Recently, we took our sets and turned in some to Amazon for credit. In total, we earned $98! Even though they had been watched, Amazon classified them as “New” and we received the highest credit value for them. I thought I’d share with you how this works in case you had some at home, as well: (Note: Pics are a little small. You may need to click on them if you can’t see the detailing.)

1) You’ll first need to do a search on your DVD and find the title within their listings. For the sake of this example, I’m using Smallville Season 10.

2) At the bottom of the product screen, if there’s a trade-in option, you’ll see it listed. This one has a highest value of $13.65.

3) At the next screen, you’ll need to determine the condition of your DVD. If you choose one that’s lower than they think, they will upgrade you to the higher amount. The same goes for the reverse.

4) Next, you’ll need to choose your carrier option of how you plan to ship it. You get to ship it for free! When you are all done, they’ll give you packing/shipping labels to print and add to your box. You’ll use those to get the shipping pre-paid. (At least this is their current plan, which could change!) You’ll also choose the shipping address for your label and where they’ll ship your item back to if it’s rejected.

5) Next, you’ll have to choose what you want them to do if the condition you chose is not what they think the DVD is, according to their standards. You can reject it or accept the lower credit offer.

6) You’ll get one final screen to verify everything. When you are done, you’ll print your labels, affix them to your box with the DVD(s) and send it in. Just be sure you read all their rules/requirements, etc.

Now some of the DVDs aren’t eligible for credit if it’s not listed under the product info. Others will have higher or small amounts. It just depends on what you are trading in. I just wanted to share this option with you in case you can’t find a local store that will let you trade them in. You can always try to sell your items online (eBay, Craigslist, etc.) or via a garage sale. Overall, you just don’t want DVDs lying around collecting dust if you can get some extra money for them.

If you have good streaming capabilities and don’t mind watching ads, (if you choose that option) etc., you can check to see if places such as Netflix or Hulu have the shows/movies that you want to watch and it might save you money. We don’t usually watch enough to make either worth the extra money each month. Check your local networks online, as some of them have their shows online for free. Also, don’t forget that your local library may have DVDs that you can check out for free. Some will let you have them for a week at a time. And don’t forget, you also have Redbox and Blockbuster Express as options for inexpensive rentals (or free if there’s a current free code offer.) We have been slowly getting away from buying DVDs, unless they are for gifts for others at their request. There is a few that when we know we’ll continue to watch them and can get them on a hot deal that we’ll invest in.

I’m hoping that you’ll choose the best option for YOU. And that if you have any DVDs lying around, that you’ll consider finding options to clear out the clutter and possibly make some extra money/credit from them. I also wanted to share that if you think you won’t get much money from what you have, that you ask your local library if they’ll want the ones you aren’t using. It would be a great gesture to help others save money on free entertainment and possibly help encourage more people to take advantage of what their library has to offer.

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