Almost everyone has heard of eBay and understands the core concept of the web site. List stuff you are willing to sell and have people bid on it auction style. The highest bidder gets your stuff.
But not everyone is comfortable with this style of selling. Some people would rather just be offered a flat price for their stuff.
That’s why I love the Electronics Trade-In program on Amazon.com. It’s perfect for trading in electronics that you don’t use any more (ahem, anyone have kids that just had to have the latest video game two years ago but now never play it?)
And using the service is a snap. Just do a search on Amazon for the item you are selling. If you see the “trade in this item” box on the product result page, you’re in luck.
For example, here’s the results of a search for Mario Kart DS on Amazon.com:
See the box that says “Trade In This Video Game Item for $19.00?” Well, if you have a used Mario Kart DS game, then you are just a couple of clicks away from getting a $19.00 Amazon gift card in exchange for the used game.
The entire process is extremely simple to use. Just click the dollar amount in the trade in box to start the process. Next, verify the trade-in amount and click the “Trade in” button:
Then, indicate the condition of the game (anything less than good may decrease the trade-in value):
Select a shipping method. I always choose free UPS drop-off:
Select a return option (this only comes in to play if you make the item out to be better than it really is):
Finally, review everything and submit your trade-in:
If all goes well, Amazon will walk you through printing a pre-paid shipping label. Attach this to your packaged video game and drop it off at your local UPS Store. Once your used item is received and approved, the agreed upon trade-in amount will be placed into your Amazon.com account.
Have you ever used Amazon’s trade-in program? If so, leave a comment and tell me about your experience.