Preloved – An online mecca for lovers of vintage and second-hand bargains. You’ll find it all here, from furniture to campervans. Sellers can list items, with photos, for free.
musicMagpie – Over the past few years a number of websites have sprung up offering to buy your old books, CDs, DVDs and more. Of these, musicMagpie is one of the longest established and best known. You won’t be able to retire on the payout – most old CDs of mine have been accepted by musicMagpie for about 30p each – but if you are short of time this is a (relatively) quick, easy way to raise cash. I have never had any problems with payment.
Amazon UK – Do you have new or used books to sell? Open a seller’s account on Amazon UK and list them there. Listings are free, and you pay Amazon a commission whenever a book is sold. Be aware, however, that the postage fee for a book is fixed by Amazon at £2.80, so if your books are priced at pennies apiece, your profit margin may be slim.
Zapper – a newer competitor to musicMagpie, Zapper buys up DVDs, CDs, computer games and more. It also claims to accept more books at better cash prices than anyone else. So before you sell to musicMagpie or list any books on Amazon, it would be worth running your products through Zapper’s barcode to find if a better deal is on offer.
CeX – specialising in second-hand home electronics, including TVs, games consoles and computers, CeX has stores around the country. To get their prices for sale or exchange, take your item(s) into the store or obtain a quote and arrange the sale via the CeX website.
Published in association with the bank first direct, which has asked me to share some of my thriftiest ideas and inspirations with its customers.
P.S. Have I missed any secret gems? If so, let me know in the comments.