Amazon Trade-in: Get Paid for Your Old Stuff

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AmazonTradeIn-FeaturedWhat do you do with your games, movies, books, and electronics when you’re all done with them? If you’re like me, you don’t like stockpiling them and you want to get rid of them, but you want something good in return. Or maybe you just never found an easy way to get good value for your stuff. Well, look no further than the Amazon Trade-in program.

Amazon will take your tired and hungry, I mean, your old and used stuff and give you Amazon credit for it. If, like me, you buy almost everything on Amazon, this is a great deal! And what better time to trade-in stuff to get better, newer stuff than the holidays–you can use it to do some Christmas shopping or to get rid of those gifts you received but didn’t really like without the guilt of re-gifting.

I use Amazon Trade-in almost exclusively for video games, and they will take in almost any game, game system, or accessory and give you something for it. Obviously, the higher in demand it is, the more value you will get for your trade-in. For example, if, by some miracle, you’ve already completed Fallout 4, you can get $36 for it right now. That’s over 50% of the original value (if you paid full price). I often will buy a game, beat it in a week or so, and trade it in and recover most of my money. With my limited time and the number of awesome games out there, I don’t keep a game once I’m done with it because I know I’ll never play it again and the value will just go down, so I trade it in and use it to buy my next game.

In addition to video games, you can trade-in electronics–computers, tablets, cameras, music players–books, movies, and even music. I recently helped my niece trade-in her old iPhone, and she got the same amount it sells for on eBay without all the hassle.

AmazonTradeIn-StepsAmazon makes trade-ins extremely simple. You go to the trade-in store, find your item, and click trade-in. You’ll be presented with a couple of values based on condition. Once you select the condition of your item, you’ll need to also decide whether you want them to return the item or give you a lower value if they find the item to be of lower condition than you stated. Once you confirm all the details, Amazon gives you a pre-paid shipping label. All you need to do is box it up and send it on its way.

Your credit will usually show up in a week or two. It’s not as fast as bringing a game to your local Gamestop, but it’s much easier, and I’ve found that the values are higher. Plus you can trade-in a lot more than games. I highly recommend going through not only your old games but all your movies and gadgets that you don’t use or want anymore to see how much you can score by trading it in.

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4 thoughts on “Amazon Trade-in: Get Paid for Your Old Stuff

  1. THE WORST AMAZON EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE! Sorry for shouting but don’t use Amazon for trade-in. Whoever their third party merchant is, they need to find a new one. First, although they tell you initially by email that you’ll get credit in 2 days, the fine print says 2-5 Business Days. OK, no big deal. Then when nothing happens and you call customer service, they tell you it can take “up to” 15 Business Days. After 15 Business Days, they tried telling me the offer had expired, even though I had a UPS receipt showing it was received well in time. Eventually, I ended up complaining loudly enough to Amazon that they gave me the promised amount but in a “promotional credit” rather than a gift card credit – no real difference except that I can’t track the remaining amount online. But all in all, just not worth the hassle when I could have got not much less at the Apple store.

    1. Oh man, that sounds terrible. Out of curiosity, what kind of item were you trading in? I’ve mostly only used it for video games which has always gone super smoothly (I’m guessing they use different third parties for different things).

  2. Came across this post doing a search on the Trade-In Program merchant. I submitted a brand new New 3DS XL (as I never even opened the box) and checked the “Like New” box for $147. Pretty good deal, all things considered.

    Today, I get an email saying the item was received, but the condition was downgraded to “Good.” I contacted Amazon and asked why this was, and apparently the merchant noted “light scratches.” For an item I never opened. I asked for pictures to show the scratches and I was told this was not possible. Now it’s being “escalated” to the trade-in team, and I will hear back in 2-3 days supposedly.

    Needless to say, this will be the last time I use them for trade ins.

    1. Oh man, that sucks. I’ve never used it for hardware only games, and, knock on wood, have never had a problem. Sorry to hear you got a raw deal.

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