I decided to make a list today of 10 things you can sell for easy money. If you’re like me, most of these items get tossed in the trash or given away depending on what it is. However, it might surprise you to learn that you can actually make some money off these items.
These are all items that most people at some point have on hand to get rid of:
There are a ton of websites that will pay you for your used books. I made a list of several here. You can put your ISBN number (found on the back of your used book) to see if each individual site will accept it. If one won’t, try another. If you can’t find any of these cash for books sites that will take your used books, consider selling them used on Ebay or the Amazon Marketplace.
If you have any old magazines lying around, do a search on Ebay to see how much people are charging (and making) off of similar year issues. You might be surprised at how much you can get per issue for things you were thinking of sending to the junk pile.
After you’re finished cutting out your coupons, don’t be so quick to throw the others in the trash if that is what you usually do. There are people who need the coupons you don’t want and are willing to pay for them. However, it’s important to note that you can’t legally sell coupons because most coupons will have something on them prohibiting that. But you can give them away and then charge for the time you spend cutting, sorting, and shipping them. So if you sell them on Ebay, make sure you include that in your listing.
Ebay is probably the best place to list your coupons (I’ve bought them there myself before). Most people list them in lots rather than individually unless they are high dollar coupons.
Throwing your electronics in the trash is bad for the environment, and it’s also a waste because there are many things you can get cash for. Before you throw away an old cell phone, mp3, or DVD player, look it up on USell and see what you can get for it.
There is a lot of demand for used ink cartridges. Some sites, like Ink Jet Buyer and TonerBuyer, will give you cash for your empty cartridges. If you don’t want to bother with using those sites to get cash and you have a child or grandchild in school, check to see if the school will take them. Schools can often get money for empty ink cartridges and will accept what you have.
CDs & DVDs
A lot of us don’t use our old CDs and DVDs anymore thanks to mp3 players and instant streaming. But these used items are not totally worthless. You can send them to iPod Meister and get credit to use towards high-tech devices like iPads and smartphones. iPod Meister will take your used CDs and DVDs and send them to poor countries without access to mp3 players and instant streaming that still have a need for them.
If you’d prefer to just get the cash for your used media, see how much Second Spin will give you for your used CDs and DVDs.
I’m willing to bet that at least some of you have some VHS tapes on hand that you don’t watch anymore. Most people believe these are totally worthless because pretty much everything has come out on DVD, right? Wrong! There are actually many movies that were never released on DVD. If you happen to have a VHS tape of a movie that is not available on DVD, you could be sitting on a nice chunk of cash!
Go through your old VHS tapes and see if any are any that have not been released on DVD. The easiest way to do this is with an Amazon search. It will be mostly obscure titles that have not been released on DVD.
Do you have a lot of buttons lying around? People will buy them! They are useful to people for not only sewing, but also crafts. Here’s an entire article I found on Yahoo! Voices with more detail on selling your buttons.
Do you have any other ideas for things you can sell that you might otherwise throw or give away? What have you had luck selling?Note: This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.