Do any of you still have a crate or two of CDs somewhere in the bottom of your storage closet or maybe out in the garage? If so, those crates have probably been actively doing the same thing they’ve been doing for the past five or six years: nothing. Good news for you, then, because reports are popping up that Amazon is set to begin accepting CDs with its Trade-In program. Amazon already accepts other materials like electronics, books, DVDs and Blu-Rays, and video games in exchange for an Amazon gift card but, in this age of digitized music, has hesitated to allow customers to swap their CDs.
Now, though, you can turn your neglected and forgotten CDs into Amazon gift cards that you can then spend on anything available on the site. Steel your expectations, though, because if you’ve tried to hock CDs to your neighborhood record store in the past few years, you’re probably aware that the trade-in value of CDs these days isn’t all that great. Still, even if you only eke out a couple of bucks per CD, that’ll add up and you’ll be getting more use out of that gift card than you are from those dusty CDs you have stored away.
To trade in your CDs (or other materials) with Amazon, go to the Trade-In Store to see if the item you want to sell is listed among the items that the site is currently buying. If the price sounds square to you, just mail it in via USPS or UPS and within 6 to 10 business days your item will be verified by a third-party merchant who will then credit your Amazon account with the amount.
The feature doesn’t appear to be live just yet, and we sent an email to Amazon to get some details about the decision to accept CDs in the Trade-In Store, but the site hasn’t responded as of yet. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.