- May 16, 2018
Hi there. My name is Holden, and I am a packrat. In a previous post, I wrote about my efforts to get rid of my old books. Well, “get rid” might be too strong a word because I also wanted to make some money while getting the books out of my apartment. Now that I’ve regained some sense of order in my place, I decided to keep the momentum I got going with my decluttering efforts. Next in line: my CD collection.
I stubbornly hung on to my CDs thinking they would always be the dominant format for listening to music. Boy, was I wrong. Streaming became a thing, and people started to rediscover vinyl. CDs are the forgotten middle child of music formats. Since I already had memberships in several streaming sites, I decided to sell my CDs.
If you’re also looking for sites where can you sell used CDs, look no further. I wrote this guide to help you find websites to sell them to. I hope you can benefit from my research and experience!
My selling preferences
I wanted to sell my CDs the same way I sold my books. That meant trying to stick to the following preferences:
- Sell to an online store
- Try to get free shipping, when possible
- Get paid in cash (not store credits)
- Try to get top-dollar for my rare or collectible CDs
- Sell the rest in bulk - I had over 1,000 CDs to sell, and would prefer packing and sending to just one place, if possible.
Also note that I didn’t aim to make big bucks off my bulk CDs. While you should sell to shops that offer the best rates, you’re not going to get rich selling your used CDs. So try to get maximum dollar for your stuff, but also set your expectations accordingly.
The exception to this are rare CDs. I had some obscure Italian bootlegs from the 90s that I knew were highly sought-after by collectors. It would have been a waste if I included them with the chaff. For this, I turned to the collector-friendly sites, which I will also include in my list.
Without further ado, here it is:
Best places to sell used CDs
Abundatrade isn’t the top-of-mind place for selling discs, but they offer decent prices. On average, they will buy your discs for around 75 cents. But that amount can shoot up to $15 for sought-after items. When I say “sought-after” I mean video games or popular movies. They’re not the best market for collectible discs. But for regular, mainstream releases, they’re a decent site.
They do offer free shipping, but only for large shipments. That wasn’t an issue for me, since I sold a few dozen discs to them, and was able to avail of the free shopping.
They pay via PayPal or cheque. Their payment process requires a bit of patience, especially if you’re going for the latter option - cheques take up to three weeks to process.
Abundatrade also has a strong environmental inclination. They implement a pretty cool recycling program for used discs. So far, they’ve recycled over 20,000 lbs of waste plastic – the fifth-greatest source of which are used DVDs and video game cases.
SellDVDsOnline is a pretty straight-forward site. No gimmicks, no fancy sales pitches. The company has “DVD” in its name, but it buys a variety of optical media, from DVDs to CDs to video games.
One of the features I liked about SellDVDsOnline’s site is their instant price quote feature. You simply enter the UPC code of the items you’re selling (the UPC number is the string of numerals beneath the item’s barcode), and you’ll instantly find how much they’ll pay for the item. Simple, direct. And they provide free shipping, too!
They pay around 50 cents to 70 cents per CD, and send payment through PayPal – there is a three day wait, though.
Since I was looking to sell a large number of CDs in one go, I gravitated towards EagleSaver. They’re more suited for people selling in bulk. For starters, you’ll have to sell at least $20 worth of stuff (with an average price of $1 per item) to avail of free shipping. They pay around 55 cents to 75 cents per disc, so you’ll really have to sell good stuff to become eligible for free shipping. It seems a little finicky, but it worked well for me.
F.Y.E. is one of the bigger sites in this article. Their buy list isn’t as long as other sites’ - instead, they focus on rare or special edition items. So yeah, this is the place to sell your rare CDs. I tried offering some of my rare Nine Inch Nails import CDs, and was pleasantly surprised by how much they were willing to pay for it. Not as much as if I sold it on eBay (and if it attracted a bidding war between collectors), but it was less hassle, and I didn’t have to pay any fees. So in the end, F.Y.E. was the better option.
They offer free shipping in the form of reimbursement when they receive and pay for your items.
Buyback Express is an electronics retailer, but they also buy used CDs and DVDs from people. Their site also has an instant price quote function, and you can enter up to 15 different UPC numbers - really convenient, if you’re selling large batches.
Average payment per item is 45 cents to 65 cents. A little low, compared to the other sites on this list. But Buyback Express is still dependable. You still get free shipping when you sell to them.
Payment is sent either as PayPal or cheque, and is processed as soon as they receive and inspect your items.
I sold a lot of my old books on BookMonster. This shop also buys used CDs. Since I had a good experience selling those books, I decided to sell some of my CDs to them as well.
They pay on average 50 cents to 70 cents per item. You can search their buy list using the items’ artist, title, or UPC number.
They do offer free shipping, but your total shipment needs to have at least 10 items with an average total worth of at least $10.
I’ve read some good things about Decluttr in this community, so I tried them out. In addition to used CDs and DVDs, you can also unload a bunch of other stuff, such as smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles.
Average pay per CD is 45 cents to 64 cents. Decluttr has one of the fastest payment processing among sites I’ve tried. They send out payment within 24 hours of receiving your items. Blazing fast!
Bonavendi is one of the most legit selling sites on the internet - and you can also sell other stuff, including books, DVDs, and video games.
The site is also one of the top-selling options on this list - on average, 70 cents to 90 cents per CD. Rare titles can fetch higher, though. They bought some of my early-release Aphex Twin CDs for around $5 each.
Their super-handy app lets you scan barcodes on your smartphone to instantly receive price quotes. You can also use the site to compare prices between other buyback sites.
Good old eBay. I haven’t really used eBay much, especially with the influx of different selling platforms, but it’s still the best place for collectible CDs. After F.Y.E., this is where I tried selling my rare CDs - particularly bootlegs, which a site like F.Y.E. won’t buy.
My CDs fetched top-dollar on eBay, since many collectors still trawl the site for rare items. But take note, eBay loves its fees. You’ll be paying on just about every step of your sale.
All these sites are legit places to sell used CDs! I suggest getting price quotes from different sites (those UPC fields really come in handy here) and selling to the one that will give you the best price.
This review is based on my own experiences selling my used CDs on the internet. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you sold used CDs online? Where did you sell them, and how were their rates?
Let’s hear your stories!