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Let’s Make Some Money!

Posted by on April 11, 2012
So it is no surprise, I LOVE Amazon. They make everything so easy peasy and the customer services has always been top notch. I find myself using Amazon even more since I moved to Hawaii because most of their stuff qualifies for free shipping if you spend $25. LOVE that! So the other day I was looking at a book or something and noticed a link that said, “trade in”. I never noticed this before and am naturally curious, so I clicked it. Wow, I was surprised to discover Amazon has a trade in program. Have you heard of it? It’s not the program where you sell used copies of your stuff either like Ebay. No, it’s much easier! You can trade in your books, video games, and DVDs that you don’t need anymore in exchange for Amazon credit. So, I gave it a try.

If you go to their homepage, you won’t see it. If you click on the link on the left labeled “Full Store Directory”, you probably won’t see it there either, I didn’t. So do a search for “Amazon Trade-In Program” or click HERE.

Amazon Trade-In Program

You will find all of the scoop you need. I think most of us tend to get rid of stuff before and/or after a PCS. We tend to see stuff we forgot we had or just are trying to make sure we make the weight allowance for the move. So before putting things away in my new place here in Hawaii, I realized I had some DVDs and games that we didn’t need anymore. For instance, we are Lost fans. I got my husband season one for Christmas one year, but once the series ended, someone got him the complete package of all of the seasons. So, into the Amazon Trade-In pile it went. I had received some Friends seasons as gifts, but actually never even opened them. Shhh, don’t tell. They are always on tv to watch or you can watch them on Hulu. So, into the pile they went.

Once you have your pile of potential books, video games, and DVDs, you will want to visit their Trade-In Store. This can also be tricky to find. Here’s a link. It will look like this:

Amazon Trade-In Store

In the middle of the screen, you will see a blue bar where you can change the category to Books, Video Games, Movies & TV, and now I see two new categories of Electronics and Music. Select your topic and then search for your item. I selected Movies & TV and searched for Lost DVD and got the following results:

Results for "Lost DVD"

I then selected Season 1 by clicking the yellow “Trade In” button. If you aren’t logged in yet, you will be prompted to do so at this point. You will then have the chance to let them know the condition of your item.

Trade-In List

You can select “new”, “like new”, or “good”. I thought this might be tricky, but when you move your mouse over the conditions, a pop-up will emerge, with great descriptions so you will know which one to select.

Description of Trade-In Conditions

My copy of Lost was “like new”. You will see the value for “good” and “like new” are the same here, but this is not always the case. Please note, when you select the condition of your item, make sure you press the gray “update” button. I marked it with a star for you.

You must click "update" to save the condtion of your item.

As you probably imagine, I learned this the hard way. I didn’t even notice it because it is light gray. I got all the way to the end and realized the price of something wasn’t right and I had to start over. So click the “update” button each time you change the condition. You can now add more items, by clicking “add another item” at the bottom right of the screen.

When you are done, simply click the yellow “continue” button. Depending on your items you will be able to select how you want to mail them. I say “depending on your items” because it was different when I went back in and added a new item. Oh, and the shipping is FREE! You will then enter the address you will be mailing from. Next, you can review your trade-in submission.

Review Your Trade-In Submission

Double check to make sure the conditions are as you meant them to be. If all looks good, click “Submit Your Trade-In”. You will receive an email confirmation and then once your items have been received, you will get another email letting you know about your Amazon credit.

So, tell me do you have something you might be able to trade in? I ended up with $66.55! That’s awesome considering the things were just sitting around collecting dust! Let me know if you try it!


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One Response to Let’s Make Some Money!

  1. Collette Kilgore

    I do this with my school text books… WAY better resale value that the schools themselves!! Can’t believe you sold back your friends DVD’s though 😉 Great Article!!!!!

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