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Music Magpie - Patience is a virtue
Member Name: PaigeTurner
Advantages: Easy way of making cash out of unwanted items
Disadvantages: A very slow process
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
Summary: A good way to make a bit of extra cash as long as you're in no hurry