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Member Name: suziedre
Advantages: Make spare money; free postage; hassle free
Disadvantages: Takes a while; need to send a lot to make a lot
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.
Summary: A good way to make spare cash - if you're prepared to wait