It is no secret that I am obsessed with many fun and ridiculous things, however, my obsession with music blows all of my obsessions out of the water. I’m not sure what started it, but I have had a love affair with music for about as long as I can remember. My music taste is as eclectic and all over the place as I am, and I really like that I am able to appreciate all kinds of music.
Due to my music obsession and the fact that iTunes hasn’t been around for a super long time, it is no surprise that I have a ridiculous amount of CDs. The purchase of my first iPod days after their initial release did not force me to throw out my massive collection. Instead, I packed them up in a weird Arizona Jeans comforter bag (you know you remember Arizona Jeans…the question is why did I have a comforter bag, and why did I use this as my CD carry all???) and put them in a closet out of sight. With each move I told myself I needed to upload the music found on each CD and get rid of them, yet something always prevented me from doing just that, and the CDs made move after move after move with me. Now, as I am about to embark on yet another move, I decided it was time to get rid of these little musical lovemuffins. But what in the world do I do with them?????
I’ll be honest. I was a little intimidated by stores like “The Exchange” where you can go in with your CDs. The one close to where I live always seems to be full of the Thuggish Ruggish Bone types, so I avoid it. Plus I really hate negotiating. I just find it to be very….awkward. Fortunately I stumbled across a wonderful little website called ZUMU.
What is this site, you ask? It’s a site that allows you to trade in your CDs, DVDs, and Video Games for cash. The best part? It is super easy to use. I’m an Apple freak, so I downloaded the ZUMU app on my iPhone, and if you decide to try this site, I strongly recommend you download the app. It is much easier. Here is a screenshot of the first screen you come to:
Here’s how you use this app: First, select the item you want to trade in. Click the scan button (as shown above). Your phone instantly becomes a little scanner gun, and you then will scan the bar code. The app recognizes the CD and tells you how much it will give you for it. I should warn you….if you think you will be getting full retail price for each CD, you will not. On average you get about $0.50-$1.00 per CD.Still, if you are just going to throw the CD out, it is better than nothing.
Once you scan in whatever you would like to trade in (warning: you must trade in at least ten items), you enter in your email address, and ZUMU then emails you instructions on how to pack the items, a packing slip, and a mailing label. That’s right…you don’t even have to pay the shipping! This made me happy….especially since my box of CDs would’ve cost about $45.00 to mail. Thanks, ZUMU, for picking up the tab.
My first go round I traded in about 55 CDs and received about $33.00 in my PayPal account. The best part: I still have my music in my iTunes library, so I’m not missing anything. Except a bulky Arizona Jeans comforter bag that got tossed in the trash. One less thing to move! You’re welcome, mother.
Sidebar: You want to know which CD in my collection brought in the most? The American Pie Soundtrack. Why did I own this, and how did it bring in more than any of my Journey, Seger, or Kiss albums??????????