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Quick Cash for Christmas: Easy Ways to Earn Some Dough (Amazon Trade-In)

Quick Cash for Christmas


Old Mother Hubbard
Went to her purse the Cupboard
To give the credit card bill poor Dog some dough a bone          
When she got there
Her checkbook The Cupboard was bare


I know this time of year puts the smack-down on everyone’s budget, but there are ways to drum up some extra cash just to use for the holiday season. In case you didn’t know, Money Saving Mom has an amazing blog series out called:

31 ways to earn extra cash before Christmas

One of my favs from this series was something I’d never tried, but now am a fan of for sure! It’s tapping into Amazon’s Trade-In Program

Here’s the jist of how Amazon’s Trade-In Program works:

1. Round Up Your Unwanted DVDs, Books, Video Games, and/or Electronics:

As much as I love to read, I simply don’t have the time I used to. I literally had bookcases full of beautiful books I could trade in! I haven’t tried this, but the same applies for DVDs, Video Games, or electronics you no longer need or use.

2. Search For the Product on the Amazon Trade-In Store

Do a search on the Amazon Trade-In Store to see how much Amazon will pay you for a Trade In. If the price seems fair, click through to verify the condition, title, and price. Amazon won’t take all your books, only recent titles or books that are in high demand.

3. Print Your Shipping Label

Follow the steps to print the postage-paid shipping label. You can choose to go with free UPS shipping (you’ll need to drop your package off at the nearest UPS location) or shipping via the U.S. Postal Service (you can give your package to your mail carrier or drop it off at the nearest post office).

4. Ship Your Item

Ship out the item in a timely manner. Once it has been received by Amazon, they will check it to verify that it is eligible and in the condition you promised. Items considered to be not acceptable will be returned. Return shipping is free, but you will not receive any Gift Card amount for the returned items. If I remember correctly, it was about a 10-day turnaround from the time I shipped my books to the day I got notification of my credit.

5. Once Your Item is Approved, Get Your Amazon Credit!

After your item has been received and approved by, they will issue your Amazon credit. I recently used my credit to buy our son $39.00 worth of Christmas gifts for $8.00! No lie! It was awesome and I because I planned ahead, I opted for slower/cheaper shipping too. The bottom line is, you may have funds readily available to make holiday purchases with right under your nose!

So go raid your bookshelf and get your shop on!

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12 thoughts on “Quick Cash for Christmas: Easy Ways to Earn Some Dough (Amazon Trade-In)

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  2. Wow O Wow – This is a tip I will remember and I am so glad I stopped by. Merry Christmas!

  3. kinda funny but last month we were at a mail and it had an electronics recycle machine that paid cash for electronics and phones. My nano is only worth $4! No way would I trade that baby in:) We still use it daily for homeschool. I’ve noticed that Amazon had some really low trade-in values for items we had as well. My hubby did sell 2 college textbooks back to college bookstore and got $24 for Christmas, though:)

    1. I agree, they don’t always pay big bucks, but on some of the more popular titles I got decent $$ for. PLUS I had a book I had bought for my mom that I turned back in for almost as much as I paid for it. They def. favorite hot titles 🙂

  4. What an awesome idea!! Thank you so much for giving us a head’s up…I also have a TON of books that I have just been donating to the library every few months… this would put a little bit in my pockets 🙂

  5. I traded in my textbooks to Amazon and got almost $200 back for them! It was super quick and easy to send out my items, and I received my gift card money within a short amount of time! I was able to get my boyfriend $130 worth of items for Christmas without paying any money out of pocket! Plus I still have some left over to buy something for myself (:

    1. Thanks Cassandra! I just saw they take movies and music too. I may have to raid out media cabinet 😉

  6. Cool! I haven’t heard of this before! But I LOVE Amazon!! Thanks for sharing this!!

  7. I sure like the idea of a trade in store, good way to clean out the stuff you no longer use so someone else can.

    1. I love it. I have Bag #2 or trade in clothes loaded and ready. My daughter needs snow pants and a Christmas dress. I am pretty sure I can cash in my out grown clothes and get what we need for little or no $$. Gotta love it!

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