With digital music services like iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud, a lot of my CDs have become simply ancient artifacts from the past.
Everything I want to listen to can be played on my phone or computer.
Is your old CD collection is collecting dust around your house, or being used as drink coasters?
I know how frustrating it can be trying to find the best place to sell your electronics, DVDs, CDs and other stuff online for the most money and in the least amount of time.
The natural reaction tends to be Amazon or eBay. These aren’t terrible choices, but there are also other places where you can get cash for your CDs.
There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to buying back your used stuff, specifically used CDs and other media.
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So I’ve compiled a list of the top places where you can sell your used CD collection right now for the most cash, online and local places near you.
Ready to turn your old used CD Collection into cash fast?
What will I learn?
Bonavendi is a great price comparison site for selling used items and one of my favorite platforms for selling DVDs, CDs, and Video Games.
Bonavendi is at the top of my list because they make selling used CDs for the most money easy by comparing price offers from a ton of different buyback sites.
Depending on the used CD, (the newer or rarer the better) I’ve found selling used CDs with Bonavendi typically amounts between $0.70 and $0.90 per CD.
However, I’ve recently sold my Pink Floyd “The Wall” CD for $4.50, so it really depends.
With these prices and a decent size used CD collection you can make a fair amount of money fast.
With these prices and a decent size used CD collection you can make a fair amount of money fast.
As a tip, I recommend you download the mobile Bonavendi App, which is available for iOS and Android.
This allows you to scan your used CDs directly into your selling cart with your smartphone and save time.
2. Amazon Trade-In
Amazon is one of the most known sources for buying used things.
However, not everyone is aware that Amazon has a buyback program as well known as Amazon Trade-In.
You can easily sell back your used CDs with Amazon Trade-In quickly if you type in the artist name and title, or UPC barcode to look up your item’s trade in value.
Depending on the item, I’ve found selling used CDs with Amazon Trade-In on average amounts to between $0.45 and $0.65 per CD.
Amazon Trade-In also gives you a free printed shipping label for your convenience to send back your used stuff.
In addition, this program allows you the option to get Amazon credit for your used CD sales as well.
Decluttr is a great way to get rid of used CDs as well as some other “Tech” like all of your Apple iPhone and iPad products.
You can sell back your used CDs with Decluttr fairly easily if you have your UPC barcode number on hand for your items, and the prices they offer are very fair.
Depending on the item, I’ve found selling used CDs with Decluttr on average amounts to between $0.45 and $0.65 per CD.
Decluttr (review here) also offers, “Next day pay” so you get your money the day after they receive your free shipment.
Unfortunately, you must know the UPC barcode of your used CD in order to get an offer for your item with Decluttr.
As a tip, type in the name of your CD with “UPC” on Google to quickly get the barcode of the item you want to sell if it’s not visible on your CD.
BookMonster isn’t just a good place to sell your used books, it also will give you some good offers for your used CD collection.
You can sell back your used CDs with BookMonster by searching your CD’s UPC, title, or author.
However, for the most accuracy, I recommend using the barcode.
Depending on the item, I’ve found selling used CDs with BookMonster on average amounts to between $0.50 and $0.70 per CD.
Just beware that you must have a minimum of 10 items or an average worth of $10 or more before you can go to shipping and checkout.
As long as you meet these requirements, you get a free shipping label.
BookMonster is a great place to sell your used CD collection fast.
BuybackExpress is a used electronics buyback site that also buys used CDs at great rates.
Once again your UPC code is necessary to have in order to get an offer for your used CD.
However, you can type in up to 15 UPC codes in the same search, which does speed up the process.
Depending on the item, I’ve found selling used CDs with BuybackExpress on average amounts to between $0.45 and $0.65 per CD.
BuyBackExpress offers free shipping and tracking of your items once you decide to sell, that way you are able to track your package and ensure its delivery to them.
You can also receive payment via check or PayPal once they have cleared all of your items.
F.Y.E. is a great place to sell used CDs that are rare or of special edition for a good amount of money.
F.Y.E. isn’t known for buying all kinds of CDs, but if you do a have a special CD they want, they will pay you top dollar for it.
For example, I had a Rascals “Complete Singles A’s and B’s” album set to sell for $9.00, but many of my other used CDs gave me no offer at all.
Depending on the item, selling used CDs with F.Y.E. on average amounts to between $0.40 and $0.60 per CD.
Unless you have something they consider rare, the only way to find out is to type in the UPC and check for yourself.
F.Y.E. is a great specialty used CD selling spot and will give great prices.
Just be aware you will pay for shipping your items up front, but then will be reimbursed for shipping upon payment for your items.
7. Eagle Saver
If you’re looking to get paid quickly EagleSaver is the place for you to sell your used CDs.
EagleSaver has a 24-hour payment guarantee upon receiving the shipment and offers both PayPal and Check compensation options.
Depending on the item, I’ve found selling used CDs with EagleSaver on average amounts between $0.55 and $0.75 per CD.
As a tip, make sure you have a large CD collection to sell if you’re going to use this site because they have a high minimum checkout and free shipping requirement of $20.00 and an average item worth requirement of $1.00.
If you have a very large collection you want to sell and can meet these requirements than EagleSaver may be the place for you.
8. Sell DVDs Online
Despite the title, SellDVDsOnline is far from only a place to sell your used DVDs.
Used CDs and Video Games are also more than welcome to be sold here as well.
SellDVDsOnline makes selling back your CDs and other media discs very simple with their free shipping and Check or PayPal payment options.
Depending on the item, I’ve found that selling used CDs with SellDVDsOnline on average amounts between $0.50 and $0.70 per CD.
Just make sure you have your UPC code on hand in order to get your price quote, they do not accept a title search of ISBN.
Just be aware that payment is processed within 3 business days of your order being received and shipping is always available for free.
Abundatrade always offers great prices for used CDs. You just have to make sure you meet their Pre-Valuation requirement.
Free shipping is available for used CD, DVD, and Video Games trades with a pre-valuation of $15 or more, and an average item value of at least $0.75.
Depending on the item, I’ve found that selling used CDs with Abundatrade on average amounts between $0.65 and $0.85 per CD.
As a tip, just make sure you have a large collection if you are going to use this site because otherwise, you will need to pay for your shipping.
Also, when it comes to getting paid with this site you have to be patient.
They take 48-72 hours for PayPal transactions to show up in your account or 2-3 weeks for a check.
Ziffit is one of the least known CD buyback websites on this list but they have a very good reputation.
You can sell your CDs directly, but you can also trade them in. They also buy and trade DVDs, Games and Books.
To find out how much are your used CDs worth, simply enter the barcode and hit the “Get Value” button. You’ll instantly see their price quote.
If you like the offer, continue with the process and get paid.
You can get paid via PayPal, Check or Direct Deposit.
To make things easier and faster, install their free app (iOS and Android).
11. Second Spin
Update: SecondSpin is no longer in business.
Second Spin buys all kinds of CDs. But that’s not all. You can also sell your Video Games, Blu Rays and DVDs.
One of the things best features of the site is being able to quickly see the potential trade-in value for your DVD. All you have to do is enter the title or barcode of your movie, game, music album or whatever your CD contains.
Here are a few examples (at the time of writing this post):
- Imagine (John Lennon): $3
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (Blue Ray): $7
- SkyScraper (DVD): $6
You get paid via PayPal or check, or you can opt for store credit which you can use to buy anything from their online store.
Read my Second Spin review for more details and a few tips for getting the most money for your stuff.
eBay used to be a great place to sell stuff, but they have increased their seller fees by so much that a lot of small-time sellers have left it for other platforms. That said, eBay can still be a great option if you want to sell your CDs for the most cash and have the time and patience to auction them.
The biggest and most important factors in having success with selling on eBay are your product description and pictures. Give as much info as you can and add quality pictures that showcase your CDs.
Also, when pricing items, keep seller and shipping fees in mind. you don’t want to end up losing money because seller and shipping fees eat up any profit you were going to make.
Best place to sell used CDs near me
If you’d rather sell your CDs directly to a local store or person, try one of these options.
13. Used Bookstores
Most people don’t even think about used book stores when considering places for selling old CDs, but in fact, you can sell your used movies, CDs, DVDs and even Video Games to your local used book stores.
Some of these online used book stores sites also do that.
You really have nothing to lose. Just pick up the phone and ask your local used book store whether or not they buy used CDs and if not, ask them if they know any other store that does.
By the way, if you want to get the most money for your unused CDs, instead of asking for cash, ask for store credit. In most cases, you end up getting much more in the form of store credit than straight up cash.
Even though Craigslist’s website looks like it got stuck in the 90s, it still is one of the best places to sell used stuff, including CDs and DVDs.
In most cities, listing stuff is free and you can relist your items if they don’t sell initially.
If you do decide to go with Craigslist, please be extremely careful. With all the scams and crazy Craigslist people out there these days, it pays to be careful.
When it comes to collecting payment and handing over the item to the buyer, please make sure to choose a safe spot as your meeting place. Highly visible and busy parking lots and gas stations are great choices. Also, a lot of police stations around the country have designated spots in the station parking lot for Craigslist transactions. Take advantage of it and be safe.
Facebook is an underrated place for selling used stuff. I have actually written a post about holding a Facebook garage sale before. But selling CDs with a Facebook yard sale isn’t the only way. You can sell your stuff directly to family and friends as well.
There are also local Facebook buy and sell groups that you can take advantage of.
The best part about selling CDs on Facebook is that you don’t pay a dime for listing. It’s all free!
16. Yard Sale
OK, this is the last resort really. You want to avoid this until absolutely necessary.
Because most people automatically assume that everything in a yard sale has to be sold for more than 90% off. And no matter what price you stick to the product, some people will still try to pay less.
So no, you won’t get the most money for your used CDs at a yard sale, but if you are holding a yard sale or garage sale and still haven’t sold your CDs, you may as well try selling them then.
As you can see, selling off your used CD collection is easy if you know where to go for the best deals.
Personally, I prefer using sites like Bonavendi because you quickly compare the best offers from a ton of different media buyback sites.
However, places like Decluttr, Amazon Trade-In and the other sites listed above are also useful depending on your given situation.
I hope this helps everyone!
If there are any other sites where you have sold your used CDs please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list.
tried a few CDs on Bonavendi and the prices offered were nothing to minimal
After entering about 20 of my 300+ cd collection spanning classical, jazz and new age I decide that my time woud be better spent by donating to Good Will and taking a tax deduction.
it looks like second spin isn’t buying anymore, just so you know
Just to update, Second Spin is now defunct. I checked there today and the site is closed. (04/22/2020)
Thanks for the heads up, Michelle. Updated the post.
I had a collection of about 300 CD’s, about half purchased from BMG or Columbia House music clubs. Nobody wanted to buy the Cd’s from the clubs, and I probably averaged $.20 per CD between Ziffit and DeCluttr on the others. Some rare items had great prices of several dollars, but most were just 15 to 20 cents, with a few less than 10.
The only reason for doing this is that I am moving in a few weeks and just don’t have the time to spend trying to sell individually through Craigslist or Facebook, or at a local store that would give me a much higher in store credit that I couldn’t use.