I love selling my used items on Amazon, and I’ve written before about how to do it. I think of it as having an online garage sale. But because of the cost of shipping, and especially the obligation to get an order in the mail within two business days, I’m relatively picky about what I list. Working full time means it isn’t always easy to get to the post office, and most books must be presented to a clerk because they’re over 13 ounces and being shipped Media Mail. (Read more about the 13-ounce rule.)
I had a DVD that wasn’t worth selling back, but I was intrigued by the “trade-in” option over on the right of the item’s Amazon page. You can read more about Trade-Ins here.
It’s really quite easy: You tell Amazon that you want to trade in your copy by clicking on the trade-in option. Amazon will give you two pages to print – the first is your free shipping label, and the second is a packing slip that you’ll need to include with the item. It’s actually much like doing a return, if you’ve ever done one with Amazon.
Less than a week after I sent the DVD, I received a $1.25 credit to my gift certificate balance. It’s not much, but I’m definitely going to keep this option in mind in the future for things I want to get rid of quickly or that aren’t worth selling myself. I already have a few things in mind that have been listed on Amazon for a while without selling.