Turning CDs, DVDs, video games and books into cold, hard cash
By Michael Henningsen, Devin D. O'Leary and Steven Robert Allen
Everyone falls on hard times, and that's when the following businesses come in handy. You've gotta eat, right? Well, gather up those books you've read three or four times, the CDs that are gathering dust on the shelf and the porn DVDs your significant other doesn't even know you own and turn them into cash. It might be difficult to part with some of your stuff, but you'll feel better after you've had something to eat.
Sell Your DVDs/VHS
Charley's Records & Tapes Buys some DVDs. 7602 Menaul NE 296-3685 Hastings 1201 Juan Tabo NE, 296-6107 6100-F Coors NW, 898-9227 6001-R Lomas NE, 266-1363 1630 Rio Rancho Drive, 892-3837 4315 Wyoming NE, 299-7750 They rarely pay more than a dollar or two for DVDs, but their trade policy can be generous. (Look for 3-for-1 trades deals two or three times per year.) Page One Too 11018 Montgomery NE 294-5623 Tiny selection of DVDs. Best for trade/store credit. Title Wave Books 7915 Menaul NE 294-9495 Small selection of DVDs. One of the only outlets for selling used VHS in the city. Foreign/kids/cult. No adult. Good prices paid. Wherehouse Music 2511 San Mateo NE 884-4848 Wide selection of DVDs. Includes some adult titles.
Sell Your Video Games
Addicted to Comics 4008 Central SE 255-3234 Buys newer games (X-Box PS2), but deals in some older systems (NES, Play Station, Sega Genesis) Game Proz 2626 San Pedro NE 881-4555 Mostly newer games (X-Box, Game Cube). Game Stop 111 Coors NW, 839-1040 4411 San Mateo Blvd. NE, 883-4350 9311 Coors NW, 890-3033 Constantly rotating stock of cutting-edge games and systems (X-Box, Game Cube). Buys/sells some current DVD titles as well. Noble Collectibles 8216 Montgomery NE, 858-0212 9311 Coors NW, 898-0256 Westside location has large selection of portable games (Game Boy Advance) and older systems (Sega Genesis, N64). Press Play 3250 Coors NE 883-5551 Mostly newer games (X-Box, Game Cube), some portables (Game Boy). RePlay Games 2801-D Eubank NE 292-7529 Specializes in domestic and imported games. Mostly newer, but some older (NES, Dreamcast). Some PC titles.
Sell Your Books
Bird Song 1708 Central SE 268-7204 Book Case 113 Central SE 232-9090 Book Garden 1635-B Eubank NE 292-6005 Book Stop 3410 Central SE 268-8898 Crane's Bill Books 2828 Carlisle NE 830-2515 Downtown Books and Beans 521 Central NW 243-4492 Page One Too SE Corner of Montgomery and Juan Tabo 294-5623 Title Wave Books 7915 Menaul NE 294-9495
Rare or Specialized
Afterwords: Rare and Collectible Books 901 Rio Grande NW, Suite G-152 232-3355 Alameda Book Exchange 1111 Alameda NW 898-1298 Don's Paperback Book Exchange 1013 San Mateo SE 268-0520 Tom Davies Bookshop 3904 B Central SE 255-1103
Sell Your CDs
Charley's Records & Tapes 7602 Menaul NE 296-3685 They generally more for CDs, cassettes and LPs in good condition than the other guys. Interested in metal, hardcore and relatively obscure titles some of the other locals won't touch. Disc and Record Roundup 2529 San Mateo NE 881-9877 They'll pay between $2 and $5, depending on the title. Decent selection. Hastings 1201 Juan Tabo NE, 296-6107 6100-F Coors NW, 898-9227 6001-R Lomas NE, 266-1363 1630 Rio Rancho Drive, 892-3837 4315 Wyoming NE, 299-7750 They don't pay much, so you're best bet is to trade for store credit. Buyers tend to have less musical knowledge than you do, so weed out the stuff you know they won't recognize beforehand so as not to waste too much time. Their budget selection can be a gold mine if you're in the market. Krazy Kat 9012-A Central SE 294-5644 It's nearly impossible to walk into Krazy Kat and not walk out with something you didn't have before. The selection is eclectic and crammed into a cramped little space that you'll spend hours perusing. They pay the standard "up to five bucks" for most CD titles, but they also deal in vinyl and collectors' items. Good luck. Natural Sound 3422 Central SE 255-8295 Used to be notoriously picky—which is why they're notorious for having the best selection of used CDs in town—until they bought a couple of resurfacing machines. Now they'll take pretty much anything you take in, as long as it's a strong title. Expect $4 to $5 for good titles in good condition. Eighty percent of trade total in cash. They also buy VHS, DVDs and limited cassettes. Page One Too 11018 Montgomery NE 294 –5623 Relatively knowledgeable buyers, good selection, good prices paid. You get more in trade, of course, but you're looking for gas money, right? We Buy Music 107 Harvard SE 256-2524 You'll get $1 to $5 for good titles in good condition, and you'll get 50 percent more in store credit than you'll get in cash. They also buy DVDs, cassettes, LPs and VHS. Wherehouse Music 2511 San Mateo NE 884-4848 Like the name suggests, Wherehouse Music is huge and crammed with a huge selection. Expect standard buying prices and less in cash than trade.