Have you got shelves full of CDs that you never listen to anymore? If you're overwhelmed with audio clutter, the good news is that you may be able to make a few extra dollars from your unwanted musical library.
There are a variety of ways you can get rid of the CDs that you know you'll never play again. Before you consign them to the trash can (and ultimately to the landfill), consider some of these alternatives instead.
Sell Them to a CD Shop
There are plenty of CD shops that offer cash or trade-in value for unwanted discs. Just make sure that all your CDs have cases and, if possible, their original liner notes. If you have stacks of CDs without cases, it might be worthwhile to invest in some inexpensive blank cases; otherwise, a shop might not take them.
In addition, many shops won't take CDs that have been issued as freebie promotional discs, so if you're a former disc jockey with tons of CDs that were sent to you, you'll have to find another way of getting rid of them.
Sell Your CDs Online
Internet auction sites generate millions of hits every day, so you're sure to sell at least some of your recordings. Just remember, if you're serious about selling CDs for money
, you'll need to keep the prices on the low side and be honest about the condition of your discs.
Donate Your CDs
Thrift stores and charity shops are always glad to get unwanted CDs because they typically sell well. Even if you don't have plastic cases, you can still donate your discs; just stash them in separate plastic baggies to protect them. As with any donation of this type, you can also claim it on your taxes, but make sure to get a tax receipt from the shop.
In addition to thrift stores, you can also donate CDs to other organizations. Depending on the type of music in your collection, consider taking your discs to veteran's hospitals, children's hospitals, schools or libraries. You can also contact your local USO headquarters and see if they can use your discs in any of their entertainment facilities.
Use Your CDs for Crafting Projects
Glitter your CDs up. Instead of getting rid of them, use them for children's crafts. Kids love to decorate CDs with everything from glitter and sequins to stickers, fabric and buttons. With a bit of glue, some materials from the craft store and a lot of imagination, your kids can create everything from Christmas decorations to sun catchers.
By donating or selling your spare CDs, you'll not only get rid of some of the clutter in your home; you'll also be doing something positive for the environment and perhaps making a little cash as well. In addition, you'll be bringing music at a bargain price to someone who wants it. Strange as it may seem, that song or singer that you're tired of listening to may become someone else's new favorite.