Save money this Christmas the easy green way

With only a few weeks left until Christmas, now is the perfect time to do a little eco- decluttering ready for the big day. But before you head off to the carboot sale with your old music, why not make a little money and be green from the comfort of your home. To tell you how, here’s a post from our friends at Music Magpie.

Let’s face it–your collection of CDs, DVDs and video games defines you. You wouldn’t dare befriend a guy who hasn’t mastered the latest version of Grand Theft Auto or someone who doesn’t own the Radiohead box set. So when it is time to do a little cleaning around the house, it’s a great time to recycle your entertainment library with music magpie.

Music Magpie makes it easier. Instead of throwing out all of your old music, games and movies, consider recycling them this Christmas so that you can pass the gift of good entertainment on to someone else. How can you clear out some shelf space and earn a little money at the same time? Keep reading to find out.

The musicMagpie Formula

This online service started with a simple premise–help people recycle their music by giving them the opportunity to turn their CDs in for a small cash sum. Especially in the digital age of entertainment, many music lovers wonder what to do with obsolete compact discs after converting all of their songs and albums into mp3s. By setting up, the founders answered their own question and gave new meaning to the expression “Pay it forward.”

The success of musicMagpie is rooted in the fact that it makes recycling CDs so easy, it would be almost a crime not to do it. With their free courier service or FREEPOST labels, you don’t even have to get off of the couch to recycle.

The Next Generation: DVDs and Games

After demonstrating that recycling music could be both easy and profitable, musicMagpie transformed their Web-based service into a one-stop shop where users to trade in even more entertainment–including DVDs and video games–for a small payment. There’s no need to go searching for several different services to clear out your entire collection; they are all presented on one Web site.

The Growing musicMagpie Community

It started in the UK, but now musicMagpie is happy to offer the very same recycling service to all of its German friends, as well. To find out how you can sell games locally and recycle your entertainment, just visit the site.

The Rules

In order to get a cheque for your music, videos and games, there are just a few simple rules to go by. To find out how you can use musicMagpie to make room for your new entertainment, all you have to do is:

1. Make sure you have all of the original packaging for each of your CDs, DVDs or games, including the album artwork and case.
2. Scan the bar code on each of the cases using your computer’s web cam or your iPhone in conjunction with the musicMagpie app. alternatively, you can enter in the bar code manually using your keyboard.
3. Arrange for a pickup with musicMagpie’s free courier service or request a set of FREEPOST labels that you can use to send your discs, free of charge.
4. Sit back and wait for your cheque to arrive.

It’s really just that simple. So this holiday season, don’t waste your time monitoring bidding wars online or trying to figure out where you can stash your 80s music collection. You can recycle your unwanted items in less than ten minutes and get back to spending time with your family and friends.

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