October 23, 2013, 2:16 PM — If you're anything like me, you have old textbooks, ancient laptops, and other devices that are just taking up room in your home until you figure out what you're going to do with them. The most convenient thing to do is ship it to Amazon.
Forget the eBay listings (and re-listings) and Craigslist hassles. You can send your stuff to Amazon--instantly freeing up space in your home--and pay only when the item sells.
Amazon offers two selling plans for Amazon Marketplace: the professional version costs $40 a month, but individuals can list anything and simply pay $0.99 when the item sells. If you have Amazon do the fulfillment (store your products, pack and ship them to customers--with Amazon Prime available), you'll also have to pay fulfillment fees, which vary by product type. For books, movies, and other media, for example, packing costs $1 and storage is $0.45 per month. Some items, like jewelry, cameras, and software, have zero fulfillment fees.
If you're trying to get rid of your old stuff and make some money off it at the same time, Amazon Marketplace is definitely a channel to consider. Ben Guild writes he had sold a box of 20 or 30 cables for about $2 to $10 each on Amazon. Stuff you might normally throw away but others have a need for. Check out his post for more tips on using Amazon as your cheap storage facility and selling middleman.
If selling isn't for you, Amazon does have a pretty good trade-in store to turn your stuff into an Amzon gift card. Read more of Melanie Pinola’s Tech IT Out blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @melaniepinola. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.