Does your house have too much stuff in it? If you’re anything like me, that answer is periodically a resounding “YES.” You buy new books and movies and music, enjoy them for a while, and then they wind up gathering dust on your shelves. Which means you have to dust – and dusting is the worst!
What if you could take these things, ship them off to someone else, and make a little folding money instead of dusting every weekend?
If that sounds like something you’d be into, you’re going to appreciate this post: today, we’re talking about Decluttr, a site that makes it easy to sell DVDs, CDs, old cell phones and more. Their slogan literally is “Make room. Make money.”
What is Decluttr?
Decluttr is a website (and an app.) that offers people a pretty easy way to sell their used media items like CDs, DVDs (and Blu-rays, of course), games, and books. They also accept LEGO toys and technology items. They're based in Kennesaw, GA (just north of Atlanta) and have been around for at least four years.
How Does Decluttr Work?
First off, decide what you'd like to sell. Look through those aforementioned shelves for any movies or TV shows you're not interested in keeping, any dusty books you're not reading, music you’re not listening to, and so on through the other categories of items Decluttr accepts. Remember, those other categories include video games, LEGO toys, and tech items like cell phones, iPads, video game consoles, and more.
Once you’ve determined what you have to sell, head over to the Decluttr’s website and enter the barcode number from your items. If you’ve got their app on your smartphone – it’s available on both iPhone and Android devices – you can just scan the barcodes instead. When you’ve entered in the item’s information, Decluttr will tell you the price they’ll pay you for that item.
When it comes to technology items, they offer what they call their “Tech Price Promise,” where they guarantee you'll receive the first price they offer you, or you can request they send that item back. So, if they say they’ll pay you $50 for an old iPad, but then offer you less once they receive the item, you can just ask them to send it back to you at no charge.
After you submit your details, get a box and pack up the items that you’re sending to Decluttr. They’ll mail out a packet to you that contains a shipping label so you can ship your stuff to them for free. Their prepaid shipping labels are for UPS, so you'll just need to drop your package off wherever UPS picks up.
Then it’s just a short wait until they receive your items. Once they do, they promise next day payment after their warehouse team has a chance to inspect your stuff and make sure everything’s in good enough condition for reselling.
Next comes the fun part: buying new STUFF to enjoy. You can even find good deals right on Decluttr – remember, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
What Kind of Items Can You Sell to Decluttr?
Books – Books may be among the lowest valuated items you can sell used, but check out what Decluttr will offer you for popular novels. Textbooks are the most valuable type of book you can sell, so see what you can get for your college course texts as soon as you finish a class.
Music – You might think there’s not much of a market for physical CDs anymore, but there’s a thriving resale market. Once you’ve saved your music to your computer’s music library, why hold on to the hard copy?
Movies – With so many streaming services available these days, why continue letting those DVDs and Blu-rays take up so much space? Let someone else enjoy what you’ve already watched – the more popular movies and TV shows can make you a tidy little bundle on Decluttr.
Video Games – Even if you're a huge fan of video games, you know that not all games have much replay value. Pass your used games on for another gamer to discover for the first time – while you make a pretty penny.
LEGO – It wasn't that long ago that Time.com published a story on Legos being a better investment than gold (especially those sets). I'm serious. And Decluttr will purchase old LEGO bricks from you by weight – so if your kids have outgrown them, turn that investment into cash.
Cell Phones – There are a ton of different phone types that Decluttr will accept, from Apple and Samsung products to HTCs, LGs, and more. Old phones don’t do much hanging around, and it can be dangerous to leave their batteries moldering in a drawer somewhere.
Other Tech – Decluttr welcomes your used Apple products (iPads, iPods, iPhones, and MacBooks) and your old Kindles, along with video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo. They'll even take some wearables, like smartwatches.
When & How Do You Get Paid?
Decluttr issues payments for your items the day after your shipment is received AND processed by their warehouse staff. That second step is important: Decluttr wants their people to examine the items you send them in order to make sure the condition is good enough for resale, and that there aren't any serious issues with your tech items. Like cracked screens on your iPad or smartphone – although, they may still buy damaged tech items from you and you can warn them about damage up front. They just may offer a lower price. Remember they empower you with the right of refusal and free shipping to get your item back if you don’t like their lower offer – that’s their Tech Price Promise.
You can choose to receive your payment from Decluttr in three different ways – they can issue you a direct deposit, pay you through Paypal, or mail you a check. If you'd like to donate whatever you earn to charity, they can do that directly for you, as well.
Pros & Cons of “Decluttring”
Trying to decide whether it’s worth it to sort through your stuff and send it to some company on the Internet? I hear you. Let’s break down a few pros and cons:
Pro: you get stuff out of your house. I don’t think the mental happiness quotient of clearing out a bunch of unused stuff can be overstated. And did I mention there’s less to dust?
Con: There’ve been reports of mistakes in warehouse reception. Decluttr is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has an excellent Trustpilot rating. However, they have made mistakes as you can see by reviewing their BBB complaints – some people have said Decluttr has mixed up tech items sent to them and said there was more damage than the seller said. Their customer service department seems ready and willing to resolve disputes quickly, though.
Pro: you make money. If you’ve got stuff you’re not using – or keeping for sentimental reasons – giving it a second life with someone else while you get a little financial reward is the best.
Con: you might be low-balled. The resale market with a company like Decluttr isn’t always fair for the seller – so it may be worth your while to do a little research and find the company that’ll give you the best amount of scratch for your stuff. Then weigh that against the convenience of selling all your stuff in one go at one place, and decide which offer you’ll go with.
Other Sites Like Decluttr
If you’re in the mood to clear out a bunch of stuff, Decluttr isn’t your only option to sell your used items and make a bit of cash. There are other companies that follow similar models – you tell them what you have to sell, box it up, mail it, and then receive money – though some may focus on a specific kind of used item. Here are a few other options:
Amazon Trade-In – If you shop on Amazon, you’ve no doubt seen their purchase offers near the buy buttons on any product page. They’ll buy back games, movies, books, and more, too – and you can get paid in Amazon gift cards.
Bookscouter – Bookscouter is a great place to start if you are looking to resell books. Get quotes and compare prices for several online reselling sites.
Poshmark – Poshmark takes a little more effort on the seller's part – take a photo of your gently used women's, men's, or children's clothing with your smartphone, list it, then ship it to the buyer using a Poshmark prepaid label – they'll pay you after they take their cut. They do accessories and handbags, too.
SecondSpin – SecondSpin's been in business since the 80's, and they want to buy your Blu-rays, DVDs, video games, CDs, and vinyl – it can be worth it to check what they offer on the items you're considering selling to Decluttr.
Feeling inspired to do late-late-late spring cleaning and produce a little cash? Me, too. Hit me up after you go on your selling spree and tell me what you were able to pull from selling to Decluttr. Get started here.