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Turn Those Old CDs and DVDs into Cash with Decluttr

While the move to digital download and online streaming has revolutionized the way we watch movies, listen to music and play games, it has also created vast collections of redundant DVDs and CDs, gathering dust on bookshelves and desktops all over the country.

However, there has always been a fairly lively secondary market for those old discs, particularly when it comes to DVDs and games. A number of independent firms have been offering cash buy-outs for years, and even Amazon has been willing to take in old DVDs and CDs in exchange for credit.

Now, UK-based company Decluttr has joined the fray, using smartphone technology and streamlined shipping procedures to add a certain amount of sophistication to a process that has often seemed more trouble than it’s worth.

“Today, if a consumer wants to sell DVDs, CDs, or video games, they either drive to a store or list and ship products one-by-one on an online platform,” said Brett E. Lauter, president, U.S. Decluttr. “Decluttr is simplifying this process through three-steps – scan it, send it, spend it. Consumers go to one site, list all their items and receive a fair value through objective, pre-determined pricing and print out their free shipping label.”

It’s certainly true that Decluttr has made the process as painless as possible. While you can enter or scan barcodes via their web site, the Decluttr app for iOS or Android makes the process so much easier. Once you download the app, you can follow a simple registration routine or start scanning straight away. The app reads barcodes with unerring accuracy, identifying even the most obscure CDs in just seconds.

After you scan your items – Decluttr only accepts minimum shipments of 10 items or more – you confirm acceptance of the total offer and then receive shipping instructions, including a preprinted label. And that’s it; you tape the label to your box, drop it off and any UPS outlet, and wait to receive your check.

Despite the obvious convenience in Decluttr’s approach, most people will be more interested in price rather than expediency; after all, it’s our prized DVD and CD collections we’re talking about here! In this regard, Decluttr holds up pretty well, mostly coming in at or near the top in a price comparison with the competition.

After establishing a US base, it's possible Decluttr may branch out into other areas, such as electronics and maybe even high-end apparel. The smartphone and tablet market is an obvious candidate but, again, the competition here is fierce and includes all the main wireless carriers as well as retail giants such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target.

For now, if you want to free up some space and bring in a little cash, Decluttr is a great option for clearing out all that old media.

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