The Hippo


Mar 19, 2018








Trash to Cash: Media

By Angie Sykeny

 The era of digital music, e-readers and Blu-ray players has sent many people’s outdated media collections to the attic. That may seem like the only place for them in 2016, but there are still several ways to find your unwanted media a happy home. 

How to sell it: You probably won’t earn a fortune selling your old music, movies and books, but there’s certainly potential to make a profit if you’re willing to put in some time and effort. Most independent entertainment stores and even some larger chains like F.Y.E. offer consignment opportunities for CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and occasionally VHS and cassette tapes. 
As for books, some stores that take music and movies take books as well, or you can try your luck at a used bookstore. 
If you’re looking to do away with your used video games, you can bring them to an independent gaming store, or you can trade them in for store credit at Best Buy or GameStop. Unlike other aging forms of media, video games from decades past are still quite marketable. Some gaming stores even specialize in buying and selling retro and vintage video games. 
If all else fails and the retail consignors reject your items, you may have some luck selling them online through sites like eBay, Amazon or Craigslist. 
How to donate it: Whether you don’t want to go through the selling process, weren’t able to sell your items or just want to do a good deed, donating is an easy way to get rid of your media collection. 
Many town libraries accept donations to either add to their collection or sell to help fund library programs. 
“Some donations are very valuable to the collection,” Jenn Hosking, assistant director at the Nashua Public Library, said. “If we have a [book] series and some of the books have gone missing, we can fill in some holes, or if someone donates a cleaner copy of a book we have, we can swap it out.” 
Nashua Public Library collects books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs year round, which the Friends of the Library sell at the ongoing “Booktique” sale in the library lobby or at their annual book sale, which is coming up, Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20. 
“It’s a great way for people to give their books new life when they’re done with them so they don’t have to throw them out,” Hosking said. 
Big Hearted Books is an organization that collects books, DVDs, CDs, records and video games and redistributes them to people who could use them. Donated books have been given to prisons, senior centers, schools and libraries. You can bring your donation to one of the many collection bins stationed at restaurants, supermarkets and shopping plazas around the state. See for locations. 
Finally, be sure to check with local schools, hospitals, senior programs, homeless shelters and crisis centers, as they sometimes need media for educational and recreational purposes. 

How to junk it: Plastic discs and tapes that are thrown in the trash will end up sitting in a landfill forever or in an incinerator where they’ll release harmful fumes into the air. Placing them in a curbside recycle bin does not guarantee they will be recycled properly, because they are classified as a No. 7 or “other” type of plastic. To ensure they get recycled, check with your town to see if it has drop-off facilities or collection days. For discs only, you can bring them to Best Buy or the CD Recycling Center of America facility in Salem. 

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