Despite our love of cash, it doesn’t seem to be the gift of choice during the holidays. Branded “impersonal” by most gift givers, cash is typically reserved for high school graduations or small tokens of love between grandmother and toddler. Although if Grandma gave money to put towards the Heritage home loan that would be ideal Though a lot of it is tossed around during the end of the year, we seem to have very little of it come January 1.
Thankfully, there are several websites dedicated to helping you exchange your stuff for the ever-elusive greenback. Fresh from the season of giving, you likely received upgrades to everything from shoes to clothes to electronics. Turn these idle, unloved items into cash using the following websites.
The Item: BOOKS
The Website: Cash4Books.net
In the age of the e-reader, only diehard book purists are willing to take up valuable space with hardbacks. For the rest of us there’s Cash4Books.net which will pay you between 57 cents and $120 per used book. How much you get depends on weight and good ol’ supply and demand, or how popular the title is and and how many copies are already in the company warehouse. This is a great outlet for college textbooks and technical books.
The Perk: They pay for shipping.
The Item: SMALL ELECTRONICS
The Website: RapidRepair.com
Though they specialize in repairing small electronics, RapidRepair also buys them from consumers to use for spare parts or to repair and resell as refurbished products. How much you get for your unwanted gadget depends on its model and condition, but you can still get some cash if the device is damaged. For example, you may get $20 to $50 for an iPod with a cracked screen if that device or its spare parts are in demand, according to the site’s owner.
The Perk: You can get cash for broken item you can’t otherwise sell or repair.
The Item: UNWANTED GIFT CARDS
The Website: GiftCardGranny.com
According to The Wall Street Journal, over $41 billion in gift cards went unused between 2005 and 2011. That’s a lot of cash laying around! If you have a gift card or two collecting dust in your wallet, exchange them for cash using GiftCardGranny. You can get up to 92 percent of the card’s value or opt for an Amazon gift card.
The Perk: You get your cash immediately; no waiting around for the card to sell.
The Item: CDs, DVDs, GAMES
The Website: UltimateBuyBack.com
At one point in your life, you may have enjoyed watching the same movie over and over again, resulting in a vast collection of DVDs. Or perhaps your teenager is outgrowing video games as quickly as his denim size. Regardless, you can exchange old movies, CDs and video games for cash at UltimateBuyBack. Depending on the title and popularity of the movie, artist or game, you can get nearly half what you paid in cash.
The Perk: You can get your money within 24 hours of your items being received.
The Item: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
The Website: UsedInstrumentBuyer.com
Music can be a lifelong hobby and pursuit, but it comes with a hefty price tag especially if interest fades. Happily, there’s a website for that. UsedInstrumentBuyer lets you sell used musical equipment for cash to help recoup your investment. You can receive a free quote on everything from amplifiers to drum sets to band instruments.
The Perk: They pay for shipping.
The Item: USED SPORTS EQUIPMENT
The Website: SwapMeSports.com
Sporting equipment is another pricey necessity that can end up collecting dust as lifestyles change. Enter SwapMeSports, an online community that matches up buyers and sellers of used sporting equipment. Think of it as the Craigslist for sporting goods, connecting you with neighbors and other members of your community who may want something you have or own something you need. In addition to buying and selling equipment, you can also trade it depending on the agreement you reach with the other party.
The Perk: No listing, selling or shipping fees!
The Item: UNWANTED CLOTHES
The Website: RecycleYourFashions.com
The average consumer wears only 20 percent of her wardrobe, making those frequent trips to Macy’s 80-percent useless. Thankfully, there’s an entire industry dedicated to retail overindulgence. Online consignment sites like RecycleYourFashions will give you money for clothing that sells and will donate items that do not. Even better, you can find gently used clothes for less, making your shopping habit a bit less burdensome to your budget.
The Perk: They cover shipping and send you a preprinted label.
The Item: CELL PHONES
The Website: ExchangeMyPhone.com
The site accepts many popular brands, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Nokia, in various states of condition — even broken. Of course, you’ll get less cash for a broken phone than one that’s in pristine condition, but every little bit counts.
The Perk: They pay for shipping and offer the option to donate your money to charity.
The Item: OLD JEWELRY
The Website: ExBoyfriendJewelry.com
Not only can you sell your old jewels here, but you can blog through the breakup to help get over the guy as well as the gold. Another site to check out is IDoNowIDont.com, founded by a guy whose personal heartbreak inspired the creation of a website that connects buyers and sellers of engagement rings. The bling will get you to the website and the personal stories of previous owners will keep you there. After all, there’s nothing juicier than the details of a bad breakup.
The Perk: Moral support. Does it get any better than that?