Sell CD’s Online-Is It Worth It?

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My dad gave me a box of 117 CDs and instead of donating them directly, I decided to try and see how much money I could get by selling them online. I googled “sell CDs online” and found several websites that buy CDs. I tried one and it didn’t recognize any of the five CDs that I typed in. So I went to the next site called sellDVDsonline.com.

This site is set up pretty simply with a box at the top for entering the barcode number of each CD. I chose to enter one barcode at a time so that I could see how much they were offering for each desk. You enter the CD barcode number and they tell you how much they will pay you for this CD. The most they offered for a CD was $.51. They took 28 CDs at this price. The other price offered was $.11. They took 46 at $.11 for a total of 74 CDs. They rejected 43 outright.

The grand total for a case of CDs was $18.95. They email you a mailing label for prepaid shipping. You can use FedEx or USPS. They will deposit money into your PayPal account or send you a check. This whole process took me just over an hour to enter all the barcode numbers, find a box, print out label and  packing slip and pack up the box.

 

I don’t even want to think about how much money this collection originally cost, but will instead think of all the hours of enjoyment and listening pleasure! This collection consisted of classical, jazz, Christmas music and other random music. I suspect that if there were more recent CDs then the prices would have been higher. It was worth it to me to go through this exercise but I’m not sure I would do it again for such a small sum.

The website was easy to use, simple to navigate and easy to understand. They also buy used books and textbooks and it’s a great alternative for people who enjoy getting a few dollars for their things. It was certainly easier and less time than having a tag sale.

 

But when it comes right down to it, I know that my time is worth more than 18.95 per hour!

Selling Books, Is it Worth it?

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For some people it is hard to let go of books. They think of them as friends or part of the decor. Lately I’ve changed my opinion. There are just too many!

 

I have been donating books for years to the same organization. I try not to buy books because there is such a great library in my town. I reserve online from the County system and I get an email when they are ready to pick up. Somehow I still acquire a lot of books. I decided that it was time to try to sell some of the books.

 

This past Spring I had sold a textbook that the school buyback program didn’t accept. It was almost brand new and I was able to sell it on Textbookrush.com. I wanted to see if this would work for regular books and bestsellers.

 

I grabbed a stack of book that I was thinking of donating and a few I just wanted to see if they were worth anything used, like coffee table books.

 

Bookscouter.com is a data-mining site that compares prices for used books, kind of like Kayak.com. You enter in the ISBN number and it will list the sites that will offer you money for that title. The best prices are for recent (expensive) textbooks, but you can get some cash for bestsellers and other books too.

 

Once I found a site that will take two or more of my books, I used that site and entered in the rest of the ISBN numbers. I used SellBackYourBook.com. They offer anywhere from nothing to .11 cents to $5.50. I got $34 for a textbook last Spring but this time only had novels and non-fiction.

It added up. Once I had enough to make it worthwhile, I completed the order and printed out the shipping label and the packing slip. I found the right size box and dropped it off at the post office. The buyer pays the shipping. They pay using Paypal but will send you a check if you prefer.

 

I got 12.25 for 5 books. I dropped the rest of the books at my local drop off place-Bryn Mawr Book Sale. They take books every Wednesday and Saturday. Most libraries accept used books in good condition. Goodwill and Vietnam Vets also take books. You have to recycle old textbooks and encyclopedias by tearing off the hard cover and putting it in with your paper recycling.

 

Was it worth it? I got a blog post out of it and it was fun to see what value my books have out in the world. It’s probably not worth it to many people but it was easier to let them go once I saw that they had no resale value.

 

I still have bookcases full of my favorites but keep going through them in hopes of paring down the collection. I ask myself, will this fit into my life in the next phase? Will I have room for it in my next home wherever that may be?
Sellbackyoubook.com also accepts CD’s and DVD’s so I’ll try that out next time!

5 Stages of Accumulation

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As we move through different phases of our life we accumulate paraphernalia to complement our activities and aspirations. If you are like me, you don’t think much beyond what you need today and next week. This is especially true when it comes to the addition of kids to the family, but more on that later!

 

When making a purchase, small and especially large, consider not only the use of the object, but also the hidden expense. This includes the length of time it will be used, maintenance, the cost of disposing of it and whether or not there is something that you already own that can be modified to satisfy the need.  You should also consider whether  you really need it or are you influenced by advertising?

 

There are many psychological reasons for acquiring things. You might have issues around money and scarcity. Few children are raised without absorbing some of their parents’ biases about wealth and poverty. With a little self-reflection you can examine your need to acquire things and decide whether it is truly in your long-term best interest.

 

The first stage starts when we are leaving your parents home and setting up our own residence. We accept hand me downs and used furniture. We accumulate just so we have a place to sit and something to hang on the walls.

 

The second stage is when you buy a home or get married and decide to decorate as an adult. You invest in better furniture and maybe even have a decorator help you with drapes and paint colors. If you are lucky or if it is important to you, you update these occasionally and let your personality shine through. There are also wedding gifts that may or may not fit into our lifestyle. Today’s brides are choosing more practical gifts from Crate and Barrel or similar instead of formal dining service for 12. Those of us who have them are wondering who to pass them along to.

 

The third and most expensive phase is the addition of children. The marketing is intense and the advice from well meaning moms is so helpful! But beware, in a few years you will have hundreds of dollars worth of baby gear. We tend to think that our kids will be little forever, but it is amazing how quickly they pass through each phase. It starts with redecorating the nursery, buying infant paraphernalia. In reality, babies don’t need all those changes of clothes. We have to do laundry every day anyway. They grow through sizes so fast that you might only get to wear a cute outfit once or twice.

 

Then it moves on to the toddler and beyond. Each birthday there are many gifts and craft sets. Some are never opened. They also don’t need all the toys and gear. Who hasn’t laughed because the toddler was more interested in the box then the toy that came inside? They love to play with pots and pans. And dirt.

 

Time for a big boy bed and more room. Let’s buy a bigger house. Now we need to furnish it. Do they play sports? That means lots of sports gear and trophies.

 

Stage Four: It happens faster than you think. Take lots of photos and video of your kids growing up. It goes by like a blur. They say the days go by slowly but the years go by fast! Now the kids have grown out of everything. It’s time to let things go. We have books, toys, art, electronics. This stuff is still good, but who can you give it to? It feels good to give the once loved possessions to someone who will use and appreciate them. It’s also fun to sell them on eBay or Craigslist.

 

Stage Five: It’s time to downsize. We entertain less, want a smaller and less expensive home, want to travel more. We value time over things and experiences over stuff. It’s time to let things go to welcome the next phase of our lives without being bogged down.

 

I am at this stage and it makes me wonder how I accumulated all of this stuff that I felt we needed. I am learning about eBay, Tradesy and The RealReal. I get discouraged by the cut that consignment shops take-up to 60% of the sale price. But overall it has been a great time and the possessions have played a part. Now it’s time for me to get rid of some of them!

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Prep for your Home Sale

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Here’s a quick guide to areas in your home that you can clear out before you have the broker over to list your house. It might even lead to a higher list price.
In my experience when I get my house ready to sell, I go through and clean out areas, replace doorknobs and touch up paint on corners and molding. Invariably I ask myself why did I wait until it was time to sell. We tend to not notice the every day wear and tear on our homes.
So whether or not you are thinking of putting your house on the market, here are some quick fixes for feeling better about your happy home.
The first thing to remember is that the buyer wants to be able to visualize the space as his or her own. Remove many of your personal pictures and decorative items that are sitting on the surfaces. If you have too many family photos out, like I do, then choose your favorite pictures and frames. Put the photos in an album or snap a picture for TBT on Facebook. Get rid of frames that you don’t love or are broken. If you will be using them in your next place, then pack them up carefully and label the box.
Buyers will be looking in your closets and under the sink. Pack away out of season clothes. While you are doing this toss any items that you haven’t worn or don’t like. Maybe someone else could use that warm winter coat that doesn’t flatter your figure. Arrange what remains by type of clothes: pants with pants and dresses with dresses.
Clean out under the kitchen sink. Take everything out and only keep the items that you use often. Think about putting a plastic liner down to cover up any stains or leaks.
Look in your shower. Do you have 10 different bottles of shampoo and conditioner? Try to keep them to a minimum.
Remember that the realtor want the buyers to see the house and not the contents. Remove all piles of papers and magazines. Recycle all that you can. If you haven’t read last month’s magazine, will you have time to read it this month?
That should get you started. When you pack for the next house, keep in mind whether or not you want to pay to move things that you won’t be using in the next house. Books are heavy and you pay to move and store them. If you don’t plan on reading them again, then think about giving them to someone who will.
Follow these simple steps will and you will feel better about the difficult process of moving. It is a process and this is a step toward being ready to move on.