Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Turn Clutter into Cash with a 'Car Boot Sale' Online; Trade-In Websites Will Pay Good Money for Old CDs, Books, Computer Games and Mobiles, So Clear out Your Drawers, Says Steve Lodge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Turn Clutter into Cash with a 'Car Boot Sale' Online; Trade-In Websites Will Pay Good Money for Old CDs, Books, Computer Games and Mobiles, So Clear out Your Drawers, Says Steve Lodge

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Byline: says Steve Lodge

and prices for phone handsets and gadgets can be much higher, depending on the model.

You might earn more by selling via eBay or trading in computer games at high street game shops, but Moneysavingexpert says: "Where these sites win is convenience."

Some trade-in sites will pay more than others, so shop around. I was offered a total of between PS15 and PS27 for about 40 Rolling Stones and other rock CDs. MusicMagpie offered the most overall, followed by Ziffit (PS24), then WEBUYBOOKs (PS19), with Zapper paying the least, at PS15. In another test, however, Zapper's prices for certain books were highest.

Book-buying sites are keener on textbooks and non-fiction, including business, self-help and cookery books, than novels.

TRADE-IN sites will not buy every item you offer and may reduce their price after receiving goods and inspecting them. Typically, they expect items to be in reasonably good condition, although it is also possible to sell damaged mobile phones and gadgets.

WEBUYBOOKs takes textbooks with highlighting marks, and books with the owner's name on the inside cover or with general wear-and-tear, such as creased spines. CDs must be playable with the cover artwork intact.

Sites have been accused of sometimes paying out less than they quoted on items with no obvious faults, so it may make sense to initially test a service with a limited order, before sending everything in.

Higher-rate taxpayers could cut their tax bills by giving unwanted items to charity. Under Gift Aid, charity shops boost their income from the sale of donated items by claiming basic-rate tax relief, while donors who are 40 or 45 per cent taxpayers can claim an extra rebate via their tax return. For each PS1 items are sold for, there's an extra 25p for the charity and a 25p tax saving for a 40 per cent taxpayer. …

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