Saturday, 12 November 2011

Bye bye CDs, digital is really here

When was the last time you bought an actual CD? Chances are, you probably can’t remember. Now that music has gone digital, there’s almost no reason to bother with delicate discs and clumsy cases just to hear your favourite tunes because you can get new music instantly at the click of a button.

If you’re still making the full transition to digital, though, you probably have a few discs still lying around. Throwing them away is wasteful when there’s someone who is probably looking for the same thing you’re tossing out, and they take forever to breakdown in a landfill. A better and more environmentally friendly way to get rid of unwanted CDs is to sell them. And did we mention it was profitable?

Making your CDs like new

The most important thing you will want to do before selling is to give your CDs a little facelift. Over the years, it can be easy to acquire scratched CD surfaces, cracked cases and album artwork in less than mint condition. Luckily, though, these problems have quick fixes.

You should gently clean CD surfaces with a cloth made of microfiber to remove dirt and dust. For the most effective results, you may also want to spray it with a bit of a cleaning solution meant for eyeglasses. If your CD is unreadable, search for scratches on the surface. Most times, faint scratches won’t harm the playback quality of your music, but deep ones can lead to music that skips, which renders your CD not so profitable. If you do have problematic scratches, you can purchase a kit that helps remove them, but this may defeat the purpose of selling your CDs for money, depending on how many you have to sell. If you can’t make a profit off of your CDs after buying a kit for cleaning scratches, there are a few tried and true home remedies, such as toothpaste, car wax or metal polish.

Next, make sure the cases for your CDs are intact. If the case doesn’t open and close properly or has cracks, replace it. You can use cases from newer CDs if you just pop out the artwork and replace it with the back cover from the CD that you intend to sell. If you don’t have any cases readily available, you can purchase standard jewel cases for a relatively cheap price.

Selling your CDs

Once you have your CDs organised and looking like new, you could take them to a record store and sell them in person. However, selling CDs online has become an increasingly popular trend that could get you the same amount of money (or even more) for less effort. You could use an online retail site like Amazon or an auctioning site like eBay to make your sales, or you could make it even easier with a service that purchases only CDs and other forms of entertainment. Unlike the traditional online methods of selling CDs, going to one of these sites, such as MusicMagpie, allows you to sell all of your CDs at once to a company that will pay for the postage.

Music MagpieOnce you get rid of all of your CDs, you can also consider downloading your DVDs to a hard drive and selling those using the same methods. And if you’re looking for a way to get new video games, you can “recycle” your old ones before buying the latest version. After all, everything is going digital these days, so why shouldn’t you?

Long time followers of this blog will know that I am absolutely thrilled with the digital age and am only too happy to get rid of my CDs. This is a guest post by MusicMagpie to show readers how to make money from your old CD collection.



  1. This year I started buying digital music, after many years of buying CDs. Having moved to Australia and back again, some of my collection is abroad, but I still have a couple of hundred CDs at home. I already have them all as MP3s so I can play them on my PC and also on the iPod. However, a lot of my CDs aren't available digitally, at least not on Amazon.

    Whenever I get into a new artist, I look at their back catalogue and usually find a lot of albums that can only be purchased on CD. It's all very well buying new music on MP3, and I prefer doing it (less physical "stuff" is good), but I can't swap CDs for MP3s when the MP3s aren't yet available. :)

    1. Heh. Sorry for the late reply but I took a nice long blogging holiday in December and the first two weeks of January have flown by! I guess I'm really lucky because I really like current bands and can't say I've ever really struggled to find anything on CD or mp3. I still buy CDs, I just rip them immediately and never play them again.

  2. Vinyl is still king! Authentic listening.

    1. Heh. I haven't listened to vinyl in years but I don't miss scratching my favourite record, discovering one has warped or having to buy new needles all the time.


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