What do you do with all your old CDs?

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    Sep 26, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    I'm finally getting around to digitizing my entire CD collection. We're planning to move soon, and I really just don't want to box them up and move them again. I have about 1,000 CDs.

    Any ideas what I should do with them? I generally prefer not to throw stuff in the trash. Do people still buy CDs online? Are there any stores left that take them? Can the jewel cases be recycled?
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    Same here, giant rack in the basement overflowing with the little frisbees. Haven't got the heart to dispose of them. I'm seriously considering buying several of those 500 CD folders and ditching the cases. At least I'd still have the physical media which has better licensing terms than mp3s anyway.


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    Sep 26, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    one of my friends literally has a room full of them but cant bare to bin them or sell them- major hoarder. I gave up on physical media a long time ago, becomes an eye sore after a while.
  • Little_Spoon

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    Sep 26, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    I fling them at Lesbians.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    CDs are considered grade 7 on the plastic recycling system, so they're generally not suitable for household recycling. They are, however, taken at Best Buy. In fact, Best Buy has a trade center where you can send your music CDs - sure, you'll get a few cents for each, but you'll know they're not just being thrown away.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    I have all my Cds.
    Please i am not gonna throw away a limited edition Bjork maxisingle dance remix cd that i spent $20 for! And my Annie Lennox dance imports. And my Madonna Immaculate collections. And my hard to find out of print house singles. All that is hard earned money spent! And no i wont sell them either.
    Yes, im a music hoarder, dont judge me!!! icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    take them 2 Zia Records or Stinkweeds or any number of places here in Tempe and around the Valley. they buy/trade cd's and vinyl.

    u can also donate them 2 goodwill, salvation army, etc.

    anyone who lives in/near a college town has these options as well.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    I had like 3000 or so CDs.

    I used a few of mine as targets when I went shooting.

    Then I donated the rest to my local animal shelter thrift shop.
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    Sep 26, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    You might be able to find a second hand music store to sell them to, although, not sure how many of those still exist.
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    me and my brother had a frisbee fight with them it was all fun and games till someone got hit in the head lol icon_razz.gif
  • sbwlguy

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    Sep 26, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    I painstakingly sell them one by one on eBay. However, I have made over a £1000 already.
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    bostonxfit saidCDs are considered grade 7 on the plastic recycling system, so they're generally not suitable for household recycling. They are, however, taken at Best Buy. In fact, Best Buy has a trade center where you can send your music CDs - sure, you'll get a few cents for each, but you'll know they're not just being thrown away.


    Exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you, sir!

    I'm also being told by the hubby that I need to "do something" with 4,000 comic books (bagged and boarded of course!) that I can't bare to part with. Heavy sigh.
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    tailgater_3 saidtake them 2 Zia Records or Stinkweeds or any number of places here in Tempe and around the Valley. they buy/trade cd's and vinyl.

    u can also donate them 2 goodwill, salvation army, etc.

    anyone who lives in/near a college town has these options as well.


    That's also a good suggestion. I forgot about Stinkweeds. My collection is about 75% college rock and industrial music, so they'd probably be pretty interested.
  • spaceofficer

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    Sep 26, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    make them into ninja stars and throw them at my little brother.. what else would anyone want to do with them?
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    endo said
    bostonxfit saidCDs are considered grade 7 on the plastic recycling system, so they're generally not suitable for household recycling. They are, however, taken at Best Buy. In fact, Best Buy has a trade center where you can send your music CDs - sure, you'll get a few cents for each, but you'll know they're not just being thrown away.


    Exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you, sir!

    I'm also being told by the hubby that I need to "do something" with 4,000 comic books (bagged and boarded of course!) that I can't bare to part with. Heavy sigh.


    Your hubby should be bagged and boarded. Then you can get rid of his shit and store your comics in the newly freed up space!
  • sbwlguy

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    Sep 26, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    endo said
    bostonxfit saidCDs are considered grade 7 on the plastic recycling system, so they're generally not suitable for household recycling. They are, however, taken at Best Buy. In fact, Best Buy has a trade center where you can send your music CDs - sure, you'll get a few cents for each, but you'll know they're not just being thrown away.


    Exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you, sir!

    I'm also being told by the hubby that I need to "do something" with 4,000 comic books (bagged and boarded of course!) that I can't bare to part with. Heavy sigh.


    Do you know what? It's actually very liberating getting rid of most of your shit. I've sold most of my cds and books and have recently started on my clothes. I basically really love cds, but there is no point in it simply gathering dust. I had to be really hard on myself, but I love not owning loads of stuff anymore. Or maybe I'm just not materialistic anymore.
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    I have thousands of CDs and by now nearly everything has been transferred digitally. It's just I have difficulty parting with the album art, notes, and lyrics of the CD booklets.
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    In South Florida there are still businesses that buy old CD's and Vinyl records. One that is owned by a friend of mine is Radio-Active Records...currently in the Gateway shopping center...954-762-9488.
  • smudgedude

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    Sep 26, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    Little_Spoon saidI fling them at Lesbians.


    win.

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    Sep 27, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    I ripped my CDs to MP3 years ago. They've been packed up in boxes all this time. I suggest that you look through your collection and see if there are any valuable ones. Sell those off individually. Then sell the rest in one lot on ebay or on Craigslist. Selling hundreds of CDs one by one is a pain. Not really worth your time, and you'll be lucky to even get a $1 for each.

    Don't donate them. I used to work at a public library. We used to get lots of CD donations. And guess what happened to them.. only a few were kept for the library collection. And the rest were trashed. Well, we kept the jewel cases because we needed those. But most libraries do not want popular music. They only want classical and opera, and similar. Some libraries will resell CDs at their library sale, which is fine by me. But if you intend to donate, ask what they plan to do with your donation. It would be a real shame if decent music ended up in the dumpster.
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    I sold all of mine a few years back to CD Warehouse.
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    I've kept some of mine. My oldest car still has a cd changer in the trunk, so I need to keep a few cd's for when we drive that car. We even have a few albums and vcr tapes stacked in the den closet. They're not in the way, so why not keep a few of them?
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Give them to friends and family as gifts!!!

    Sure it sounds tacky, but hey, you can influence some to grow their tastes, or maybe they're too old to go hunting for music online?!
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    Oct 01, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidI have thousands of CDs and by now nearly everything has been transferred digitally. It's just I have difficulty parting with the album art, notes, and lyrics of the CD booklets.


    Sounds like me, except I don't have thousands. I have digital music, but I have all my albums, 45's, cassettes, and CD's. I can't seem to part with them.

    Give them to the Salvation Army, a thrift shop, or sell them to Second Spin.

    http://www.secondspin.com/
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 01, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    i still have mine