I have used Music Magpie twice now and neither times have I been very impressed.
I first heard about Music Magpie a few years ago when it was advertised on TV. I thought this seemed like a great idea as my husband has hundreds of DVDs that he never watches (my husband was less keen on this idea!).
Music Magpie was really easy to sign up to and there is an app that you can download. You can scan barcodes on DVDs, computer games and CDs using the camera on your tablet or mobile or type in the barcode number. Scanning the barcodes is not as fun or quick as it sounds, it takes ages! Scanning the barcodes probably takes as long as it takes to type all of the numbers in.
Generally the rarer the item the more you get. For most popular DVDs I got about 30p but for the less popular up to £1.50. For some computer games I got £3.70. Once you have scanned all of your items you can select to either drop your box of goods off at a selected location, or to have someone come to collect it for free. You can even detail a safe location such as your shed for the Magpie collectors to take the box from. This is really handy and they collected my boxes as requested with no problems.
The first time that I used Music Magpie I received my cheque from them fairly quickly but it was for a few pounds less than I was expecting with no explanation. I emailed to ask why but never got a response.
The second time I used them was nearly 2 months ago now. We received an email saying that Music Magpie had a bit of a backlog and that we could expect a delay but we are still waiting for our payment.
Heard about musicmagpie for quite some time on the TV thought I would give them a try brilliant free courier service straight on the day i instructed but slow to get to there end was waiting for about a week and a half then another week for testing and then another week for payment via BAC which I finally got but overall I don't think I will go with them again very slow service
It was in my student days when I was hard pushed for money that I used musicmagpie.co.uk. I had seen the advert on the telly and knew I had boxes and boxes of unwanted CDs up in the loft so thought I may as well give it a try. I am very glad I did!
Firstly, I found the website to be user friendly and very informative in terms of how the process works. In summary though, you need to register to the site (which is easy and quick to do) and then can start selling immediately by simply clicking the 'Start Selling' button!
When you start selling, you are required to enter the barcode of every item you want to sell in order for the site to generate a value for each item. This can be done manually or they do offer a service whereby you can use your webcam as a barcode scanner. I thought this was a brilliant idea to save time so opted for this...but it didn't work well at all and I was less than impressed! I am not sure whether I was just unlucky and had a bad experience, but the scanner rarely recognised the barcodes no matter what angle I held them at and in the end I gave up and entered them all manually. So one thing I would say is be prepared for it to be pretty time consuming. Although a plus point is that you can save your progress at any point and go back to it later to add more items.
So how much are the items worth then? Well it completely depends on what you are selling I suppose but in my experience, I have found that most of my CDs were valued at 30p with rarer items I had reaching up to around £1-£2. The few games and DVDs I sold were usually valued at between 75p-£1.50. Whilst I realise this does not sound much, it can quickly add up to a reasonably good total. In my opinion, with CDs becoming pretty much obsolete now with invention of ipods, anything I got for them was a bonus as they were just gathering dust! Roughly, I think I sold around 120 CDs and a couple of DVDs and PC/PS3 games and was quoted £58 which I thought was really good.
If you are happy with the valuation, sending the items is also very simple to do with good instructions again being available on the website. And the best part about it is that it's completely free, making it better than other sites such as Amazon or Ebay! You will need the freepost label which you can either get them to send to you or print off yourself. Then all you need to do basically is secure your items in a box, ensure the label is visible and either take it to the post office or they even offer a courier service to come and pick the box up from you, so it really couldn't be more convenient and easy.
I am very sceptical in general and there are loads of conditions on the website such as all items must have original booklets with them, no cracked cases, only minor scratches etc so I wasn't convinced I would receive the whole amount, but I did. So I can definitely say that they are fair with their pricing and checking procedures, as some of my cases weren't in the best of conditions. Also, they are very good at keeping you up to date with what is happening with your parcel and inform you when they receive it, when they are processing it and when they have despatched your cheque. I am guessing too that they would contact you if the valuation changed but as this was not the case, I cannot vouch for this.
Overall, I would definitely recommend musicmagpie.co.uk and I will be straight back on it if I discover anymore CDs or DVDs hiding anywhere. It is a way of getting rid of clutter and earning money from things you no longer use! I would recommend only selling through musicmagpie.co.uk if you have a fairly large selection of items as individually they aren't worth much at all. Also, they could improve the scanning as this would make the process quicker and be more prompt with payment as it does take around 2 weeks but then again, they are giving you money for things that are unwanted so these are minor points for a really useful service overall.
5 stars from me!
I am in need of extra money right now (who isn't!) so I have turned to Music Magpie for help. At one point I had almost 500 CDs, some of which I had never even listened to (a sign of more affluent times, now consigned to the past *sigh*), and probably almost 100 DVDs which were sitting unwatched in my sideboard.
Therefore it was time to take a deep breath and have a HUGE cull - no mercy was shown and to date I have sent two large boxes of stuff to Music Magpie.
WHAT MUSIC MAGPIE DO
www.musicmagpie.co.uk is a website that will take your old CDs, DVDs, games and even mobiles in exchange for cash. As far as I know, they recycle these and will then send you a cheque. All the information is given on their website, such as how to sell, how to contact them, and they even have more money-saving tips on the site.
HOW TO SELL
Selling is very easy. You will need to register before doing so, which only takes a couple of minutes. Once you have done that, on the main page you can type in the barcode of each item you want to sell, and the value will come up when you hit enter - this only takes a couple of seconds. Alternatively, if you have a webcam, you can use it as a barcode scanner. I personally tried this, as entering in a lot of barcodes is time consuming and a pain in the backside, but sadly it didn't work for me no matter how I held the CD in front of the webcam. Hopefully others have had more luck, but each time I have sold items on the site, I have had to sit and type ALL the barcodes in.
As you add each barcode in, the site automatically totals up how much all your items are worth, and displays them in a long list. Note: You must have a minimum of 10 items to be able to sell. To be honest anything less than that would be totally not worth it anyhow.
HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE, THEN?
Hmmm. Now - like I said, I had a LOT of CDs and DVDs to sell so individually, each item wasn't worth much, but it all added up. Most run of the mill CDs were worth around 30p, but now and then the odd obscure 80s metal album I owned was worth £2 to £3. I have discovered that the rarer the album or film/TV show, the more money you will get. DVD box sets also get more obviously. I don't own any games so I can't say how much those make, sorry. Therefore I would suggest if you are going to sell, make sure you have a decent amount of items in order to reap the biggest benefits.
PREPARING TO SEND ITEMS TO MUSIC MAGPIE
Music Magpie check all the items you send, so there are several stipulations. You can find those here: http://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/sellit.asp. Basically, it's things like sending originals; including all booklets and cover art; items being in good condition with no more than minor scratches etc. You also need to ensure the barcode you entered is the same one on the item you are sending. I also take off any stickers etc on the cases, and replace any that are badly cracked or broken. It's worth taking the time to do this, I have found, as it ensures that you are going to get paid for *everything* you send.
You need postage labels before sending your items to Music Magpie. You can either get them to send you these, or print them off yourself. You box up all the items, including the list of items included inside, and attach a postage label to the outside. You can post it off yourself, or get the site's courier to collect it. Best of all, postage is completely free - great if, like me, you had a heavy boxful to send.
Then you wait. And wait some more. Music Magpie will send you an email to say they have received your items and are now in the process of checking everything. This will take around 2 weeks, I have found. They will then send you another email to say when everything has been checked successfully and they have sent you a cheque. Again I'd estimate this takes a further fortnight.
REAP THE REWARDS
I have gotten both my cheques from Music Magpie about a week after their final email. Then all I need to do is lodge it, wait for it to clear, and voila, I have made a wee bit of spare cash!
SO - GOOD POINTS AND BAD POINTS, IN A NUTSHELL
- Gets rid of clutter
- Courier service available
- Barcode scanner available if it works
- Money adds up
- Rarer items make more money
- Cheque arrives when it's supposed to
- Barcode scanner didn't work for me
- You need to send a lot of items to make a decent amount
- Depleted CD and DVD collection :(
- Most CDs only worth 30p
- Ensuring all CD and DVD cases are sticker free and uncracked is a pain
- Entire process does take around a month so not good for a super-quick money fix
WOULD I RECOMMEND MUSIC MAGPIE?
I would recommend this site. You could sell this stuff on eBay but then you'd have the hassle of lots of packaging, postage costs, and the hassle of the post office - by which time you may not have made any extra than you would on Music Magpie. If you have a large CD, DVD and game collection and need extra cash, this site is ideal. As I have said, it all adds up if you're sending off a lot of items. The process does take a little longer than ideal, but you will get your cheque eventually. The two boxfuls of stuff I have sent so far has made me around £70 and that's not bad at all.
I only recently started using musicmagpie.co.uk in the hopes of making some extra money out of all my CDs that I no longer want or listen to. I've seen music magpie advertised a lot so I decided to try it out. Registering and setting gup is easy and simple enough but it's selling your goods that I found difficult and frustrating. I had a pile of about 20 CDs I had found that I no longer wanted and was hoping to trade them in for a little bit of extra cash. After continuously trying to get the barcodes to scan in and then having to type them in by hand to then have them refused I decided to give up. Of the 20 I only managed to get 2 CDs onto music magpie at a price of 30p each, which after about 45 minutes of trying repeatedly to get them accepted, I didn't really feel was worth it. As I was on my iPad I though maybe I should try on a PC to see if my CDs would then be accepted, but to no avail. As all my CDs I had been trying were a fair few years old I tried some recently purchased CDs just to see if they would work, but again no luck. I have not tried using any DVDs or games and highly doubt I will as I really don't think I shall be using music magpie again. I am now looking for alternative selling sites in the hopes that they all won't be as disappointing as musicmagpie.co.uk
Music Magpie works on a simple premise. You send them your old CDs, DVDs and games and they will turn them into cash. This is not an original idea. In these cash strapped times you can turn all sorts of goods into cash from mobile phones to gold.
Where Music Magpie likes to show it is slightly different is it recycles all the CD, DVDs and Games you send into them and turns them into everyday objects. They boast on their website that in the last 12 months they have made 1.2 million coat hangers and one million car headlamps.
Thousands of people use their service every day according to Music Magpie, to de-clutter their homes and make a little extra money for themselves.
Using Music Magpie is very simple. All you have to do is get all your unwanted CDs, DVDs and Games into a pile and go through them entering each of the bar codes into a special box on the Music Magpie website. The website then calculates how much money they will give you in turn. You can enter all your CDs and so on at once and it will calculate the total there and then. Alternatively you can set up an account into which you can save the bar codes of some of your items and then come back to it later.
Once you have entered all your bar codes you submit your list for completion and it gives you an option of whether you would like your special Freepost label emailed or posted to you. Along with the label you will also be provided with a full list of the items you are sending to them so you can tick them off before placing them in the box.
If you are receiving these bits of paper work by email you can obviously pack up your box straight away. Otherwise the mail version will take a few days to arrive. You then take your box into the post office and wait for the cheque to arrive.
Music Magpie endeavour to make the postage of your items as easy as possible. Not only do they provide Freepost labels but they also offer a free courier service to those people who are sending in more than 50 items in one go. You do not have to use this courier service, but if you choose to, you select a time which is convenient to you and they will come out to your home and take your box away for you.
There are also a few ways in which you can be paid for your items. They will either send you out a cheque, email you an e-voucher - currently the e-vouchers are for Marks and Spencer - or you can donate your cash to charity. There are a few charities flagged up on the Music Magpie website if you do not have any favoured ones of your own.
You can also download the free Music Magpie app. This enables you to scan your items and check the status of your order all on your phone.
Music Magpie send you an email once they have received your items and another email once they have been through your items to check they are all in good condition, to let you know your cheque is on its way. They do warn you that you may not receive exactly the same amount of cash as originally totalled on the screen when you entered all those bar codes. This is because they may find the items are of poorer quality than they would have liked.
I decided to use Music Magpie because like a lot of people I have a lot of CDs which I don't listen to any more and it seemed silly for them to be taking up valuable space when they could be turned into cash. I had heard about Music Magpie from commercials on the TV.
I found the website easy to use. I got all my CDs together in a pile and went through them one by one entering the bar codes into the box on the Music Magpie home page. I had about 30 CDs in total and most were only valued at around 30 to 40 pence. There were a few - compilations mainly - which made as much as £3 but don't expect to get a lot for each one.
I stopped halfway through entering in my bar codes and checked to see if there was any way of saving the bar codes I had entered already so I did not have to start from scratch later. There is a facility which enables you to set up an account, with a username and password, and into this you can save your bar code list. When you return to your account page you click on your saved list and it is all ready and waiting for you to add the rest of your bar codes. In total, my pile of CDs made me about £25. This is not a lot considering how much those CDs would have been worth new but it is a bonus bit of cash considering I had no plans to listen to those CDs again.
I opted to have my Freepost label and item list posted to me. This took about four days to come through. I also noticed they had sent me an email version anyway. Your batch of CDs, DVDs or Games, is given a serial number and the Freepost labels carry that number so you have to apply for more labels each time you use the service. They do send you out two labels at a time encase you are sending your items in more than one box.
The only real hassle is having to find a box for your CDs. I used an old shoe box in the end but I also had to invest in some brown parcel paper. Next I took the box into the post office and as there was nothing to pay they simply took the box off my hands and the CDs were on their way.
It took about ten days to receive an email from Music Magpie saying they had received my CDs and were checking their quality. It then took another fortnight before I finally got an email saying my cheque was on its way in the post. By this point I had actually almost forgotten I had sent the CDs off.
Music Magpie said the cheque could take up to seven working days to arrive and I finally got it about six days after getting the email. I was pleased to see they had not deducted any money for poor quality items but the whole process had taken almost a month to complete.
Music Magpie is a good way of making a small amount of cash and clearing some space in your home. The process is simple and cost free but does become a bit of a test of patience. It would be no good if you needed extra cash in a hurry but is a good website to use if you take the attitude that any cash you get is a bonus for items which would otherwise be sitting in your house unused.
Visit www.musicmagpie.co.uk to cash in yourself
As a child of the 80s (just), my childhood music formats were casette tapes and CDs. Luckily I didn't buy too many of the former, however the latter - I have accumulated an obscene amount over the years!
After hundreds of hopeless attempts to sell my unwanted CDs on eBay, and hardly making enough pennies to make it worth my while sending them, I decided enough was enough and went in search of another way to make money from my CDs.
It was a combination of watching The Gadget Show and reading Ciao reviews that led me to this: Musicmagpie.co.uk.
Musicmagpie.co.uk was originally launched as an easy way for people to get rid of their CDs in the transition to digital music, whilst also getting a bit of money for them. It soon caught on, and then the team launched Gamemagpie, which has now become part of the main Musicmagpie site.
Much more recently the team have started to allow you to sell them your old DVDs aswell, making it one of the first sites to take all three forms of multimedia discs.
Registration for the site is really very easy, much like any other sales site. You just enter your personal details from name and address to telephone number - no credit card details here - let them know where you heard about them from, and then you're ready to go!
No doubt you'll have already put together a pile of CDs, games or DVDs that you want to get rid of, but if not, grab a few and start looking them up on the system. There are several ways of doing this. You can either type in the barcode number manually (very time consuming), use your computer's webcam as a barcode reader, or download the iPhone app and use your phone camera as a barcode scanner.
If the CD/DVD/Game has been recognised (some game formats are not accepted and some CDs are not accepted if they have a large amount of the title already), the screen will then show you how much they will offer you for the item. For the CDs I have sent, this has been anything from 30p to £1.62, however I've tried others which have been £3.50+. Remember of course these are very old, not even worth calling guilty pleasure CDs. I think the newer and rarer the CD, the more money you get, which would make sense.
You have to then add another 9 items as you can only do a minimum of 10, so it might even be worth clubbing up with a friend if you only want to get rid of a few. When you have met the minimum of 10, you then press place order. I can't quite remember if you can ask to have the money transferred to your account, but I have always had money sent to me by cheque as I'm keen on keeping my bank details safe.
You then are asked to check your email where you will be sent freepost labels and a checklist of the CDs you have submitted to be sold. Check these carefully because they send two sheets, and they tally up to how many you send in a box. Pack the items up in a box with just enough protection to keep the cases from cracking (you get money taken off if your CDs are in a bad way), include the checklist, seal it up, stick on the freepost label and take it off to the post office.
And that's it! Now all you have to do is sit back at home, wait for a confirmation email to say they have arrived, followed by a second email confirming your CDs have all been approved and your cheque is on its way.
A few weeks later you get a letter from the managing director with the cheque attatched to the bottom. Simple!
My opinion on the service
Having started off feeling very wary of a service that I thought too good to be true, I can only praise musicmagpie.co.uk for not only ridding me of some musical atrocities, but also paying me for the pleasure! The only thing I had to do was find a box to post them in, and I just used an old shoe box!
The process of putting the CDs into the order couldn't be simpler, so there's really no effort required at all unless you are inputting all the barcode numbers one by one.
The one thing I could maybe have a bit of a niggle with is how long it takes for the cheque to arrive. I think it is purely because I know that I am waiting for it to come through that it feels like the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, so it probably isn't that bad really!
All in all I think it is really worth doing if you haven't had any success with eBaying your stuff and you can't bear to look at the hideous CDs taking up your space!
The website uses a simple black, white and blue colour scheme in fitting with the musicmagpie.co.uk logo. There is a menu bar across the top which has pages that explain how to get started and how it works as well as a support section for any issues with orders and your account.
For those who are interested in making more money or getting freebies, there are a few other sections that may be worth a look. The about us section explains the other formats that musicmagpie accept. The freebies page takes you to links for freebies, vouchers, competitions and make money online. I have tried a few of the links on the freebie section but to be honest a lot of the websites it takes you to want you to sign up to many others to get the freebies. Not good!
There is also a comparison tool for selling your mobile which is quite useful, and I've used this to get rid of some really ancient specimens! Granted it was only a few pounds each for the really old ones, but well worth it if you're never going to use them again!
My opinion on the website
I found the website very easy to use, but I much prefer to use the iPhone app as it is far more convenient. That said if I didn't have an iPhone or my friend was considering using the service, I would recommend using this website.
I think it is easy for people of any age to get their head around, and the process of printing out postage labels etc is not incredbily taxing as they are all sent to you via email.
So all in all a great service with an easy to use website, definitely worth trying out in my opinion!
As the website explained musicMagpie allows you to turn your old CDs, DVDs and Games into cash instantly. I had seen it advertised on the TV so I thought it would be a good way to make some extra money. I visited the website which asks you to insert the barcode numbers of products and will instantly give you a price. If you have several products to sell and a iPhone you can download the app. I have to give credit to the app, it saved me a lot of time. What you do is scan the barcodes instead of inserting the numbers. Fab!
Once you have scanned your items you get a value for your products. This is the stage I was disappointed in. Several DVD's and Cd's which have been out quite a while you will only get 30p for. Basically your better of keeping them if your going to only get pence for your items. I was ready to sell 50 items which came to a value of £35. At the moment I don't know what to do...keep and try get a better price on eBay or sell for basically nothing.
I am disappointed with the value of items! The concept is excellent but it's not going to be something you can make a lot of money from your goods. From a friend I have been told that the whole process takes quite a bit of time so if your after quick money this is not for you. After sending your goods it takes 4 working days to arrive, 7 working days to be checked, 7 working days for the cheque to be sent and 7 working days for the cheque to be issued! In my opinion far too long.
As I said before great concept but the company needs to be more fair with the value of products.
I have seen the advert for the website many times on the TV but my sister has also previously used the website to get rid of a lot of DVD's and cd's and she mentioned how easy and good the website was. I had a lot of old dvd's and cd's to get rid of, and after listing them on eBay and not selling very many of them I thought I would give this website a try to give myself some extra cash.
When you go to the main page on the website there are lots of tabs which include how the website works, about the website, customer reviews and other options. You will see a box on the main screen which is where you type in the barcode of the game, cd or DVD you want to sell. After you have done this, if the item is in their system it will be shown below this box with the name of the item and how much they are willing to give you for it. Most DVD's & cd's are on here but like me, you may find the odd few which aren't. You can also use your webcam to scan the barcodes which probably works out a lot quicker, how-ever I couldn't actually get this function to work so I just entered them by typing in the barcode.
A lot of the DVD's I entered were quite old so I was only offered about £0.30 for a lot of them which I thought was really poor. Some of the cd's I entered I got offered a couple of pounds for them but no more than about £4.00 which I was quite shocked by as well.
After you have finished scanning/entering your items, you then click on finish, and this is where you have to create an account which is simple and very easy to do. You have to read and tick the box for their terms and conditions and confirm you want to send all the items listed to music magpie. After this you have a chance to print the postage labels for the items (which they pay for), or you can get them to send the labels to you by post which can take up to 7 working days, how-ever mine only took about 3-4 days.
***RECEIVING THE PACK THROUGH THE POST***
I received 2 different postage labels through the post, one was if I had less than 30 items and the other label was for if I had over 30 items. They give you 2 of each labels just incase you can't fit everything into one box. You will also receive a list of the items you are sending them and the amount of money they are giving you for it. They also send a list of instructions and the option to take anything off the list if you change your mind. If you decide to print of the postage label you will receive a list of the items by e-mail which you have chosen to send them. It states in the letter that you should receive a cheque within 7 days of them receiving your order which I thought was really good, but now time to see if that was true.
***SENDING OF THE ITEMS***
I followed the instructions on the labels and put all my items in one box with a little extra packing/card so the cd's/DVD's didn't move around too much and cause any damage to them. They do advise you to get proof of postage if you are sending a lot of items, just in case the parcel happens to get lost in the post. I sent the items about 1 week after receiving the labels, so I expected to hear back from them within 7-10 working days.
***RECEIVING THE CHEQUE***
It took approximately 2-3 days after sending the items, to receive an e-mail notification saying that they were processing my order. This would take another few days and then my cheque would be sent out to me. Sure enough about 2 weeks after sending the items off I received my cheque in the post, along with a small letter saying thanks and asking to leave feedback for them which they supply the link to. I paid this straight into my bank and of course with any cheque it can take up to 5 working days to clear.
I was surprised at how little they offer you for some of the DVD's and cd's. Although some of them are quite old I thought they may offer slightly more money for some of them. How-ever I did try to sell them on eBay and didn't succeed, so it was either get rid of them for free (yes I could have taken them to a charity shop), or send them to music magpie for some extra pennies. This is worth doing if you have lots of DVD's and cd's and no longer want them. The good thing is they send you postage labels so don't need to pay anything and I think it's great how they keep you update with the progress via e-mails. I'll be using this website again if I want to get rid of anymore of my DVDs and cd's.
(review also on ciao)
I first heard of music magpie on Martin Lewis's money saving website. I thought I'd give it a go as I had some CD's that I couldn't get rid of on amazon, and a couple of DVD's. It's a pretty simple process, and to date I have had no problems with them.
What you do is go to the main music magpie website, input the barcode into the proveded space, which then brings up the item you want to sell. You can then generate a list of items you have (minimum being 10) and you can remove them if you feel that you can get more money for them else where. Once you've completed your list you can either save the list for later, which I think saves it for 10 days, or you can then tick the 'Complete trade' box and then you sign up. I had a little problem with this so I had to sign up with 2 emails, but I think that was my fault rather than the websites fault.
Once you're through they give you the option of printing off your own postage tags or to have music magpie send them to you. You can also visit your account and check your saved orders or your recent orders. I always opt to have the postage stamps sent to me as I can get the parcel ready, and I dont need to waste my computer ink printing it off. Then all you need to do then is take a trip to the post office and post it off (obviously the postage is already paid so you're just dropping it off) and then you will receive a cheque. I've sent off about 3 orders and each time it took around 2 - 3 weeks for the cheque to come through, so if you're looking for fast money, you're not really looking in the right place. But for somewhere to trade in old CD's for a couple of quid, then it's perfect for you.
My experience with musicmagpie has been really good. I usually send off 10 items per package, as I don't particularly trust the post, so just incase they get lost you're only losing ten instead of, say, 20. Usually most of my CD's and DVD's have gone for 30p - 50p, which is okay for me as I try to sell them on ebay and amazon first. The odd CD has gone for £1.91 which I thought was excellent, but they're hard to come by unless you've got some old classics.
My experience with musicmagpie was terrible, I sent about 20 cds and a couple of games and only valued at £11, waited 1 month for cheque...in the meantime I did a little research on music magpie and they trade games on amazon and play.com as zoverstocks and my items was being sold 1 week after which I thought was disgusting as they hadn't finish the trade with me.. They use an automated programme to lower prices which I think is wrong so my advice would be to basically sell the items yourself for £2 as it may sound daft selling items that low but its more than you are going to receive from music magpie.........Leave well alone
We recently moved house and when I was unpacking I noticed that I had duplicated copies of dvd's and even a pile of ps2 games! I had seen music Magpie advertised on the tele and thought I would give it a go.
I thought it was absolutely brilliant, I got a minimum of 30p for each PS2 game (which I thought was very good as they are old one's!). I also managed to get rid of all my duplicated dvd's, without the hassle of ebay and having to pay for postage and wait for payment.
They sent free post stickers to my home address and I just had to pop down the post office and drop them in, I swiftly received my payment by cheque, would prefer a bacs payment but you can't have everything!
Overall it has a very easy and hassle free process, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to clear a bit of space or has any unwanted games, dvd's or cd's. With the ps2 games I would have got nothing for trading them so it was brilliant
Recently I received a bag of about 200 old CD's from my father (most of which i has never heard of), so i though about ways i could sell them and make some quick cash.
After going to numerous car boot sales and selling a whopping total of 3 CD's, I saw an advert on TV for this site and after entering the bar code of all the CD's I ended up with just over £160.
So I went to the post office and bought a box and some bubble wrap and put the CD's into it, I then attached the Free post labels and sent the parcel off to MusicMagpie, It took about 1 week for me to get an email saying they had received them and another week for them to send my cheque back.
When i received my cheque i found there was only £140 on it, so I phoned customer service (who were VERY helpful), and they said that as some of the CD's were scratched money had to be deducted, which of course i was enitrely happy with considering I originally aimed to get about £20!
The only bad thing about this website is the fact that they only accept CD's, DVD's and games. And typically the games and DVD's don't bring much money so you are better of keeping them. Also if the company has a lot of the same CD they will reject yours, and some CD's do not qualify (for example a 'Mariah Carey - Greatist Hits' was not accepted). Other than that, the site is genius!
I was sceptacle at first as to whether it was a scam or not, but i am happy to say that i trust this site now, and will be using it in the future to get rid of some old junk. 10/10
Top tip: I found that generally the older CD's were worth more than the newer ones, there was even one with a 99p sticker on it, which i was paid £3 for!
This review was originally posted on Ciao, by me (Warda010)
Until recently I had been a bit confused about what Music Magpie was all about. Yes, I'd seen their TV commericals and had read articles about them on the internet but I still mistakingly thought they were an auction site like Ebay, except that they only allowed music CD's to be listed. My error was exposed after reading a review on Dooyoo which explained how Music Magpie really works. In actual fact they are a company who will buy your used or new CD's, DVD's and games from you.
How It Works:
Music Magpie have a webpage where you can enter details of the items you wish to sell. You enter the details by entering the numerical digits written on the barcode of your item. When you have entered this code into a text box and pressed enter then the site will verify the title of the item and then list how much they are willing to pay you for it.
There are some basic rules in the system. The items have to be in good condition with all original artwork and pamphlets without rips or marks. The CDs/DVDs must not be deeply scratched (although light scratches from normal use is acceptable), be damaged or have stickers on them.
You also have to enter a minimum of ten items for the sale to be considered. This sounds like a lot but I advise putting in more than ten if you can as after you have submitted the order Music Magpie often immediately remove some popular items from your list as they may have enough of this title already.
I have lots of old CD's and DVD's that I had tried listing on Ebay and couldn't sell for even small change. They would have been headed to a charity shop if I hadn't used Music Magpie. When I entered my items into the Music Magpie website I noticed that the rarer the item the more money they would offer. The most I was offered for a CD was £3 and the lowest amount was 30p. DVD's rate the same with movies that were very popular only being valuled at 30p whilst movies that weren't mainstream being valued at £1-3. I tried listing some unusual things like music to do yoga to, a civil war soundtrack, a prayer CD and a sound effects CD. Some of these entries were accepted, despite my thinking they absolutely wouldn't be, so my advice is to try submitting anything! They also seem to accept all region DVDs as I had a few region 1 DVD's that I wanted rid of and they accepted them. Make sure that all of the item details that come up online match your item though. Also some items I had weren't in the Music Magpie database or were just not recognised at all.
When I had finished entering my stuff I was given a total amount of how much they would offer for the full list. Then I had to agree. I agreed and was redirected to register on the site after which my order was confirmed. When my order went through a few of my items vanished from the list, which confused me a little, and a new total was given as to what they'd give me. They don't explain this very well but they can refuse any items you offer. This is usually due to them already having many of the same title.
You then have to mail your items to Music Magpie. When you complete your offer you are told to either print out your Freepost labels or ask to receive a pack of labels in the post. I assumed they'd be sticky labels so I asked for them to send me the labels. They are just printed onto A4 paper though, so just as easy to do yourself. You also get a list of your items as a checklist when you are preparing your parcel. You must send this checklist back with the parcel, having crossed off any item you have decided not to sell.
There are two different labels - one for less than 10 items and one for more than 10 items. These labels are marked with different codes for Royal Mail to process, so be sure you affix the correct label.
You must place your items into a suitable parcel and mail them. I used an old catalogue plastic bag wrapper and wrapped my items inside with bubble wrap. A bubble wrap parcel or box will also suffice. You should remember to get a proof of postage receipt from the post office incase the parcel goes missing.
After about a week after posting I received an email from Music Magpie saying they had received my order and were processin it. This means they are checking that all the items are in good working order and are in good condition. A few days later I got another email saying my order was completed with a link to the website where I could see the details of my order. It shows you which items have been accepted and which you will be paid for. All of my items were accepted although I made sure that everything I sent this time was in very good condition, so I would have been surprised by a rejection. In the case of a rejection they will not post your item back to you but claim that they will find a good home for it. What this means, I'm not sure.
Music Magpie pay you a cheque for your items which is posted the next working day after the order is completed. I don't mind cheques but I also think they should deal with Paypal payments too, just for convenience sakes.
I am really pleased about my experience with Music Magpie and intend to get rid of more of my old stuff using this site. You don't get what you might get on Ebay for certain items but it's a hassle free experience and it's virtually guaranteed that you get the price they are offering (unless your item is in bad condition). It's not a get rich quick scheme but it's a nice way to earn a little bit of money from what you don't want anymore or from things you would have thrown out or given to charity!
What is music Magpie?
Music Magpie is a website that buys your unwanted DVD's, CD's and games from you. It's a free to use website, which also offers freepost on the items which you're sending. This makes Music Magpie the perfect alternative to Ebay for those who want to sell unwanted items but don't want to pay listing fees!
The items sold must be in good condition and still have the booklets that they came with.
How do I do it?
It's a really easy to use website.
Firstly, you need to enter the barcode of the CD, DVD, or game that you're trying to sell. Once you've done that, the website will tell you what price they have valued the product as. This can be anything from about 30p (usually CD's) to £5 and upwards.
Once you've been quoted a price, you can add more barcodes to be valued, save these values for later or complete the transaction. The website states that you can sell a minimum of 10 and up to 500 CD's in a single transaction! Since I've only ever sold about 13 items at once, I have no idea how true this actually is!
Once you've completed the transaction, you need to print the labels to go with the order. The freepost label is particularly important so that you aren't charged the shipping fee. You can even arrange for a courier to collect large orders but I've never done this myself.
What I like bout it?
I like the fact that it's so easy to use. I have often thought about selling things on Ebay but I'm always put off by the listing cost and the fact that Ebay take some of the profit. And then there's the fact that there's no guarantee that your product will even sell. However with Music Magpie it's free and you're given a quote straight away so you know exactly how much you'll get for it. Even if you only get 30p for an item, that's more than you'd get if you just gave it to someone else or donated it to the charity shop.
I feel that Music Magpie is a very unique website. As far as I know, there is no other website like it. Yes there are places that you can place items up for sale (Ebay, Amazon Matketplace, Green Metropolis) but these often involve listing fees with no guarantee of a sale. I've done lots of research to find alternatives, perhaps ones that would pay me more than 30p per CD! But I've always stuck with Music Magpie and after successfully selling to them and receiving cheques from them several times now, I trust them as a company.
What I dislike about it?
The fact that most of my stuff is only valued at about 30p. Which means that I'm looking at selling at lest 20+ to make a decent profit from this. Out of interest, I did type in the barcode of one of my newest Singstar games and that was valued at £6.99! (but I didn't want to sell!). So, I think to make a decent amount from this, you either have to sell recent or rare products. My dad does quite well because he's built up an impressive CD collection over the years and has managed to sell his rarer ones for over £1.
The website clearly states that they can refuse to pay you the amount which they originally stated, if they think that an item which you sent them isn't in very good condition. If this happens, I'm not sure if they send you the product back or not. Obviously this is a problem because you may think that you're sending them something in really good condition but Music Magpie may disagree!
So, this is kind of obvious but make sure anything you sell still has its original coverwork, artwork etc.
The cheques take a while to arrive (were talking a long time but not 'waiting for a Toluna cheque' long....) which is a bit annoying. But they do pay out so dont stress, you will get your money!
Oh and another thing to be aware of is the fact that they don't buy certain items if they've already got too many of them in their catalogue. This is annoying. I recently tried to sell 10 items and out of them, they rejected 3! I could understand 1 or 2 but 3 out of 10 is a lot.
An easy way to de-clutter but not exactly a get rich quick scheme! Most things I sold only fetched about 30p but if you've got a lot of things to sell at once then it'll soon add up. And with no postage fees, it's the best way to get rid of unwanted CD's, games and DVD's.