Amazon today added used CDs to its trade-in program, which means that those old copies of Boyz II Men's "Cooleyhighharmony" or that first CD by the Strokes are finally almost as good as cash.
Don't have enough funds to get Mom something for Mother's Day? Better dig up your old Four Non Blondes and Spin Doctors collection if you know what's good for you. (Younger readers, please substitute Pink and Panic at the Disco for the artists in the previous sentence.)
Amazon currently allows you to send in your old electronics, textbooks, DVDs, and video games in return for a gift card. The program even pays your postage to ship items in.
CD trade-ins are expected to be added to the program today, so perhaps you'll be able to earn some gift card flow by sending in all 42 discs in the "Now That's What I Call Music!" series. Hopefully it's enough to download the tracks you actually care about and still have enough left over for Mom.
"Amazon is constantly updating the Trade-In Program with new products and through customer feedback we've learned that a lot of customers are interested in trading in their used CDs to upgrade to something new. Also, the new addition of CDs to the Trade-In Program is a great way for customers to convert and grow their digital music collection. Customers can choose from more than 19 million songs in the Amazon MP3 store," Amazon's Grace Chung writes to Crave in an e-mail.
CD trade-ins officially became live on the site this afternoon, and it turns out that a copy of Cooleyhighharmony in good shape will fetch you as much as $3.80 in Amazon credit. Not too shabby.
Update, 1:20 p.m. PT: to add Amazon quote and reflect that CD trade-ins are now live on Amazon.