Best method for selling 700 cds -- in Austin
January 16, 2013 2:50 AM   Subscribe

I've got maybe 700 cds, I hardly ever use them, I'm all on mp3 player now. They are taking up lots of space, they're annoying, I'm not going to listen to them. So I want to get shed of them. But how?

I do not want to sell them on ebay, one at a time -- talk about a wrist-slitter. Man. But maybe I could sell batches of them on eBay? Like maybe list all the cd's, then give the buyer the option to use "Buy It Now" and then buy any five cd's for ten bucks or fifteen bucks or ??

Or maybe propose the same thing on craglist -- put copy of all records up, offer to sell as a big honkin' batch.

How much can I get for a cd, anyways?

Or is there a way I can just walk in somewhere and drop them off, get a couple hundred bucks in store credit or whatever. Who in Austin could do that? Cheapos closed last month after hard times over the past few years -- CDs are really dying off now, and fast.

Where in Austin can I sell these? Or wherever else, if they'd need to be shipped I'd do it, if it was the right situation.

One thing about selling them locally is that I've got many local artists, and those cd's would fly out the door I think.

Any help you can provide greatly appreciated.


I did check, there were previous questions regardling this, but they were over three years old, a lifetime in tech stuff
posted by dancestoblue to Technology (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
SXSW is coming up - can you set up a table somewhere yard sale style? This would work better if you live (or know someone who lives) near the main drag.
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 3:11 AM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]

MusicMagpie claim they will buy your second-hand CDs off you, and will pay your shipping costs if you have over 25 items. Possibly won't get as much money as selling them individually directly or by eBay, but at least would enable you to get rid of them all in one go.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:17 AM on January 16, 2013

I searched eBay's completed auctions for "CD lot choose" and got a lot of results. Here's someone who managed to sell 21 lots of 10 CDs at $19.95 per lot, free shipping. After eBay, PayPal and shipping fees, that's probably on the order of $1.25 per CD, and it would require that you edit the listing as CDs sell, and be able to find them easily so that you can ship them off.
posted by jon1270 at 3:41 AM on January 16, 2013

I would Craigslist them as a lot for $400 or so unless you have a lot of unique stuff.
posted by Slinga at 4:05 AM on January 16, 2013

Why not secondspin? I sold several hundred CDs and made several hundred dollars....
posted by chasles at 4:37 AM on January 16, 2013 [2 favorites]

eBay, sold in lots, would be the best bet. I've had great luck unloading grouped lots by label, artist, and genre. You might even have some rarities that push up the bidding.

BTW, you should rip these CDs to FLAC/Apple Lossless to future-proof your library, allowing you to encode whatever format you desire.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:04 AM on January 16, 2013

Came to nth Second Spin. Husbunny and I had a lot of dupes and it worked out great. Got a good price for them and no hassle.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:55 AM on January 16, 2013

I've used MusicMagpie in the UK and it's an efficient service, but they charge on average 30p per CD, and your CD needs to have a barcode (which it may not if there are local artists). However, if your CDs are less mainstream, you'll be able to get £2-3 per CD. Still a fraction of their cost, but have a play around.
posted by mippy at 6:05 AM on January 16, 2013

I'd take them to Half Price Books. They'll give you more in store credit than in cash and depending on the person working the buy counter when you bring them in, they can give a fair amount per disc.
posted by item at 7:10 AM on January 16, 2013

Oh, and I'd take them there especially if I didn't want to hassle with shipping off batch after batch after batch. Unload them all at once and be done with it.
posted by item at 7:13 AM on January 16, 2013

Are you ever in Dallas? I sold a similar amount (mainstream+non) at an Entertainmart and ended up with about $600. This was about four years ago.
posted by mochapickle at 7:19 AM on January 16, 2013

If you're not in a huge rush you could use to trade 'em for music you actually wanted. One at a time, though.
posted by softlord at 8:14 AM on January 16, 2013

Seconding Half Price Books.
posted by purpleclover at 8:45 AM on January 16, 2013

Ebay or Craigslist
posted by EricHollenbaugh at 9:10 AM on January 16, 2013

I sold a bunch of mine to Second Spin, but it does involve mailing them. What Second Spin rejected, I sold to the Half Price Books on S. Lamar. I didn't try Waterloo because people said they don't give you much. It was easy and convenient to take them down to Half Price. I got about $100 between the two places.
posted by xenophile at 9:11 AM on January 16, 2013

I'd look at Amazon's Fullfilment Program. You can ship your stuff to Amazon and they take care of listing, shipping etc. Lifehacker has a great article.
posted by thewildgreen at 12:32 PM on January 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Amazon's fulfillment program is great but the Lifehacker article linked mentions that you should sell things that are worth $4/each or more to make it worth your while. I'm not sure how many used CDs are worth that. (And in my experience, I really don't bother selling anything worth less than $8 or so via Amazon Fulfillment.)
posted by getawaysticks at 9:09 AM on January 17, 2013

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