book trade-in on amazon.com

I learned quite by accident that amazon.com takes trade-ins on certain books, DVDs and video games for amazon credit. I’ve been looking to get rid of more and more of my stuff (including my beloved book collection). I’ve also been wanting a pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks which, like nearly everything, is available on amazon.

I don’t know the criteria they use to determine which items they’ll accept or how much money they’ll give you for them. I just took my laptop into the room with all the books and entered titles one at a time to see if they would accept them.

Here’s a screen shot — with points of note circled — of a book I read in grad school that amazon took:

Here are those circled parts close up:

When all was said and done, I had only a dozen books (out of 60 or so) that I could get credit for. I entered all of them in, printed two shipping labels (I didn’t have a box big enough to fit all of them into) and dropped them off at the UPS store. There are options for shipping through UPS, FedEx, and USPS.

A few days later, I received e-mail confirmation that they had been received. About a week later, I received an e-mail confirming that I got credit for them and that the credit — almost $65 — was in my account. And that one of the books I had sent was the wrong edition and they’d be mailing it back to me. Oops. Total turnaround time from when I entered the books into amazon’s system to when I received credit: about 10 days.

Sure, I could probably make a few more bucks if I sold them through amazon — if someone was interested in buying them — but this was very easy, shipping was free and all to the same place, and it worked well. If you have books, DVDs, or video games that you’re looking to get rid of, this might be the way to go! Whaddaya think?

And the seller who had the Vibrams doesn’t have any more in stock, so I can’t buy them with my credit. So it goes…

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