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post #1 of 10
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anyone ever use Amazon's Trade In program?...I see that they are offering $20 for certain DVD box sets I own which are in excellent condition and am thinking about doing it...they even pay for the shipping...yes I could get more by selling in other ways but this seems simpler and hassle free

anyone have any experience with trading in old DVD's or Blu-ray's?
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

anyone ever use Amazon's Trade In program?...I see that they are offering $20 for certain DVD box sets I own which are in excellent condition and am thinking about doing it...they even pay for the shipping...yes I could get more by selling in other ways but this seems simpler and hassle free

anyone have any experience with trading in old DVD's or Blu-ray's?

I've done it. Here's the rub, though.... they offer "up to $20" for your DVD boxset title. And what qualifies for the maximum trade-in value of $20? Copies rated as "New" condition, which means sealed. From Amazon's site:

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Movie - New Condition Eligibility Criteria
Trade-in items must match the exact version displayed in the Amazon Movies Trade-In Store.
Typical elements included with a movie: disc, case, artwork, and UPC.
Please check your item to ensure it meets this criteria:
Item is unused and sealed in original, unaltered packaging, with no additional markings or stickers
Item is in perfect working condition
The original manufacturer packaging and artwork is intact
There is no visible wear or personalization
Suitable for presenting as a gift
Important Note: Movies having one or more of the conditions listed below will not be accepted.

The next level down is "Like New":
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Movie - Like New Condition Eligibility Criteria
Trade-in items must match the exact version displayed in the Amazon Movies Trade-In Store.
Typical elements included with a movie: disc, case, artwork, and UPC.
Please check your item to ensure it meets this criteria:
Item is in perfect working condition
The original manufacturer packaging and artwork is intact
There is no visible wear or personalization
Suitable for presenting as a gift
Important Note: Movies having one or more of the conditions listed below will not be accepted.

Finally, you can submit an item as "Good":
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Movie - Good Condition Eligibility Criteria
Trade-in items must match the exact version displayed in the Amazon Movies Trade-In Store.
Typical elements included with a movie: disc, case, artwork, and UPC.
Please check your item to ensure it meets this criteria:
Item shows wear from normal use
Disc plays perfectly
Disc may have light scratches
Item may have been personalized (marked or identified)
Important Note: Movies having one or more of the conditions listed below will not be accepted.

Items with a trade-in value of $20 (maximum value) for "New" condition will be worth only around $5 or less for "Like New" condition... and maybe 1 or 2 bucks for "Good" condition.

So Amazon Trade-in is not a big "money maker", but it is still a decent way to clear shelf space and get a couple bucks added to your account at the same time
post #3 of 10
Used it to trade in the Silverado blu. Ended up getting more money than I paid for it. It was an easy transaction.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Vlad Theimpaler View Post

I've done it. Here's the rub, though.... they offer "up to $20" for your DVD boxset title. And what qualifies for the maximum trade-in value of $20? Copies rated as "New" condition, which means sealed. From Amazon's site:

Items with a trade-in value of $20 (maximum value) for "New" condition will be worth only around $5 or less for "Like New" condition... and maybe 1 or 2 bucks for "Good" condition.

So Amazon Trade-in is not a big "money maker", but it is still a decent way to clear shelf space and get a couple bucks added to your account at the same time

so if it's not sealed it goes down in value that much?...even if it's in otherwise mint condition?...doesn't seem worth it then for $5
post #5 of 10
how much would I get for the DVD boxsets of LOTR EE's??? They are in great shape...
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

so if it's not sealed it goes down in value that much?...even if it's in otherwise mint condition?

Insofar as I've seen for DVD titles I own, yes.


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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

...doesn't seem worth it then for $5

If you need to unload a bunch of titles and don't mind the little you get in return, it's not too bad. But a better deal (usually) is the Best Buy Trade and Save DVD trade-in program (trade in any commercial DVD and get a $5 coupon that you can apply towards any Blu-ray $9.99 and up).
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

how much would I get for the DVD boxsets of LOTR EE's??? They are in great shape...

Not much. If still sealed, you can get $7.80 for FotR EE (as of today). If not, you get far far less.

Be aware, also, that Amazon trade-in values fluctuate like the stock market
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

how much would I get for the DVD boxsets of LOTR EE's??? They are in great shape...

that's exactly what I was looking to trade in...since I got the Blu-ray Extended Edition from Walmart for $34.96 I was hoping to unload the DVD set for $20 at Amazon...but according to Vlad it doesn't look hopeful

the Amazon FAQ doesn't even do a good job of explaining the important details concerning price devaluation of opened DVD's
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post


that's exactly what I was looking to trade in...since I got the Blu-ray Extended Edition from Walmart for $34.96 I was hoping to unload the DVD set for $20 at Amazon...but according to Vlad it doesn't look hopeful

the Amazon FAQ doesn't even do a good job of explaining the important details concerning price devaluation of opened DVD's

You'd be better off selling it on Amazon. List it for $30 and you would be the lowest price.
post #10 of 10
I've been using the Amazon Trade-In program to divest myself of DVDs that have been upgraded to BD and to downsize the collection some overall.

I've generally been happy with the program.

It's definitely convenient, especially that they automatically generate a UPS shipping label for you.

As previously stated, trade-in values can fluctuate like crazy. I've had several instances where the trade-in values changed on me before I had a chance to check-out.

Trade-in values range from average to very good. They appear to correlate to some degree to what Amazon Marketplace sellers are listing used copies for. Usually they appear to offer 50-75% of the lowest Amazon Marketplace value.

A nice thing about that is if you have a rare / out-of-print title, Amazon may offer you significantly more for it. Conversely, I assume they keep track of stock as well, as trade-in values sometimes will come up as $0.25 or so on common titles, even if the Marketplace listings are higher.
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