247Moms Frugal Living Editor
Now that Christmas gifts have been opened, you’re looking at stuff you would like to swap. Shelves are a little fuller and your interests may have shifted to new goals. Where can you make great exchanges – for either cash or “new-to-you” items?
Swap.com: Swap.com is a world-wide, but entirely local option for trading your stuff. Look at their site for items your neighbors may have that you want. Expand your trading options by utilizing Facebook and Twitter. Make an offer using the stuff you have that you’re willing to part with (or cash offers are allowed) and make a deal. Meeting locally to trade or mailing your items completes the deal.
Cash4Books.net :Your books may be worth cash. Find out when you enter their ISBN number. If Cash4Books.net makes an offer, they’ll also pay the shipping.
Amazon.com’s : “Trade-In Store”: Do a search for items you can trade-in for Amazon.com credit. Items that meet their criteria will be shipped to Amazon at no cost to you.
PaperbackSwap.com: Save a ton of money on books, DVDs and CDs. List media you’re willing to trade and when you’ve listed an item wanted by another member, mail it to them using the USPS’s economical book rate. Tip: Before you buy a book from a major retailer, search PaperBackSwap.com first. They have a “Buy Credits” option which includes shipping and is far cheaper than retail book prices. Their sister sites are SwapaDVD.com and SwapaCD.com.
ThredUp.com : (and Military ThredUp.com) Outgrown children’s clothing, in great condition, earns you cash. Pack and list a box yourself. When your box is chosen by another member, they pay the shipping and you earn up to $10 per box, or use their “Concierge” service and mail in a bag of clothing to earn up to $20. Thredup.com will send you the proper packaging and provide you with the acceptance guidelines that keep all community members trading with confidence. ThredUp.com is also an economical place to shop for “new-to-you” children’s clothing.
Local Facebook and/or Yahoo Groups: Buy, sell and trade items with neighbors. Clean out your garage or closets and make some rainy day cash. Search for a group near to you. Our local Facebook “Buy, Sell, Trade” group boasts 650 members and is addicting. If you don’t find a group, start one!
Sargeslist.com: Trusted military classifieds worldwide. Find a job, home, or sell your stuff. There are also guides to each military installation and forums where you can get to know the area.