Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CDs for iPod Trade: Update

A few months ago, I blogged about a cool website I'd found that offers a trade service--you send them your old CDs, and trade up for a new iPod (you can make up the difference with cash if you don't have enough CDs to trade). I finally got around to submitting our CDs a couple of weeks ago. First I emailed the company a list of what we had; to my surprise, they were interested in physically reviewing nearly all of the 50 or so CDs I listed! Since they offer a 4GB Nano for 75 CDs, I was optimistic that we would get a great deal and only have to pay a little cash.

Well, I just got a phone call from the company today. Out of 50 CDs and 2 DVDs, we're only getting $20 worth of credit. I'm pretty disappointed. They're only willing to give us full credit for two of the CDs--out of FIFTY.

I'm blogging about this just as a warning to any of you who might want to try the trade after hearing about it in my previous post. I'm not implying that the company is fraudulent. I was just under the impression that if the CDs looked good and played okay, they were acceptable. Almost all of our liner notes and jewel cases were in mint condition--but many of the CDs supposedly have surface scratches. To be honest, I didn't inspect the playing sides, because I knew they played okay. Big mistake. Apparently if they *look* scratched, even if they *play* fine, they aren't acceptable for trade. So if you're thinking about submitting CDs for trade--inspect them carefully. If they are not absolutely picture perfect, you won't get credit for them, or at least not full credit.

Basically I wasted a lot of time and $5 shipping and won't be getting an iPod after all. Bummer. The company did offer to ship my old CDs back at no charge, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do with a box of CDs I don't listen to anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog. I,too, have a similar experience with Millenium Music.

I had read about Millenium Music/ about a year ago. I waited and waited to decide if I would trade my cds. First, I was lazy about actually going through all my CDs and figuring out which ones I wanted to sell. I own about 500 CDs and I was interested in trading 200 or so for a 32gb ipod touch.

I emailed them a list of 237 CDs that I was interested in trading. They emailed me back within a day and were interested in 180 of them. I made sure that all 180 CDS I was going to send were near perfect quality. Any CD, I thought about sending before, I rejected if I saw one scratch. I packaged the CDs in 3 separate boxes. So with priority mail shipping and insurance, the whole thing cost $50 to send.

I got a call back the day they received the CDs. They rejected 5 CDS. They were going to give me full credit ($2) for 113 CDs out of 175 CDs and half credit ($1)for the remainder. So to get the 32gb ipod touch, I would be paying $200 out of pocket.

I still consider this a good deal. I wasn't willing to pay the full $499 for the 32 gb ipod touch. However, I didn't expect to get 5 CDs rejected after someone said they would consider all 180 of the ones I was sending. Also, I didn't expect to get half credit for 62 CDs.

The CDs I decided to trade in I haven't listened to in ages so for me this deal was like getting something for nothing.

I live near a big city and I often thought about walking in with a box of all my cds and see what price I could get at a used cd place. They give you 2 prices 1)store credit price 2)cash out the door. The cash out the door is 20%less than the store credit price.

Anyhow, it's been 2 days since they received my CDs. I expect the ipod touch to arrive in their store in a couple of days and they will ground ship the ipod touch to me to complete the trade.

If I had to be critical about, I believe they need to completely clear about their CD selection critera. I am glad I sent them an Excel sheet of CDs I wanted to trade. I also know that NONE of the CDS I sent had any scratches. So their basis of giving me "half price" on 62 cds was "sales history" performance. This aspect is the most ambiguous part of the process.