Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Trade in Your Stuff for an Amazon Gift Card

If you have books, video games, or DVDs gathering dust, you'll want to check out the Amazon trade-in store. You may be able to trade some of those unused items for Amazon credit.

Over the past few days, I have purged our movies and video games. I was able to unload some unwanted books as well. Here's how.

You can check to see whether Amazon is offering to trade for an item by going to the trade-in store. Here, you will be asked for the product category (textbooks, video games, or movies and tv). The textbook category covers a lot more than just text books. I have traded cookbooks, fiction, and nonfiction books. All were included in the textbook category.

When you identify an item you would like to trade, simply click the "trade-in" button. You are then given the option of adding more items or submitting your trade as is.

When you submit your items for trade you will be able to print out a postage paid shipping label. If video games are included in your trade, your only option is shipping via UPS. If you have not included video games, you may ship either via UPS or USPS.

Box up your trade, affix the pre-paid shipping label, and drop it off at a UPS drop-off location. You probably have a UPS drop box nearby. Check the UPS website for drop-off locations.

My experience has been that it takes about a week for the package to arrive and the contents checked. You will then be credited with the appropriate gift card amount which you are then able to spend on anything on Amazon.

For me, this has been a great way to clear some shelf space get money to spend at Amazon. Check out the Amazon trade-in store.

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely check this out.

  2. This is a great idea! I have a bunch of books that have been sitting around for while, so I'll have to look into this.

  3. I had no idea they did this! So excited I can always get rid of more stuff.

  4. Amazing! I had no idea that they offered this service. I have a few video games that the kids hardly played with that they received for Christmas & this is a great way to trade them in. Thanks for sharing!

  5. wow. I LOVE amazon, and use it nearly daily! but I never knew about this. Thanks!

  6. Cool program!! I love that they pay the shipping that makes this program easier to work with.


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