Does anyone know of a charity that takes compact discs as donations?

I've given about 125 books to the local library this year, but would also like to seriously reduce the size of my CD collection--it's around 475 right now and I think I can get it down under 75. If you know of a local (Bay Area) charity that'd be happy to take 'em off my hands, I'd love to know.

Otherwise I'll have to try my luck with those used CD stores. I fear that they offer only in-store credit and that does me no good. I don't want to buy more CDs. It's so 1992.

Update: I see that the San Jose Public Library (the folks I gave books to) also accepts "gently used books and media", which probably includes CDs. But I'd still like to know of there are other organizations. Why not spread the donations around a bit?

Posted by jzawodn at November 06, 2004 11:12 PM

Reader Comments
# Jeff Boulter said:

Salvation Army and Goodwill take them. I've bought CDs there before. Cheap!

on November 7, 2004 06:41 AM
# kasia said:

Well, the library may make better use of it, as people can borrow the CDs cop..err listen to them and spread the goodness.

Who buys CDs anymore? Not sure any charity can really sell them..

on November 7, 2004 07:49 AM
# b said:

cd warehouse on el camino in s'vale will give you cash. i sold a bunch there recently and they actually paid decent money. much better than rasputin's.

on November 7, 2004 10:45 AM
# mitch said:

Check out, you can turn those CDs into DVDs or games. You can use the promo code of 1yf200410 to get 1-year free membership.

on November 7, 2004 11:35 AM
# M said:

Wow, that's what? $6650 in cd's (figuring conservatively at $14/each)?

At my peak I think I only had around 25.

on November 8, 2004 12:38 PM
# Stephan Segraves said:

If you have a Half Price Books near you they will buy them back (really cheap).

I know that libraries where I am from accept CDs, DVDs, and Cassettes as well as books.

on November 8, 2004 03:40 PM
# Ani said:
on November 9, 2004 12:11 PM
# andrew elmore said:

The Friends of the Los Gatos Public Library do, and they also accept books, DVDs & VHS. They have nifty fundraiser sales periodically too.

on November 9, 2004 02:12 PM
# andrew elmore said:

and in fact if you do decide to sell to a used CD store, I've had really good luck with CD Warehouse, on El Camino near Mathilda (you only get cash; they don't do the store credit thing). I wasn't as satisfied when selling to Rasputin.

on November 9, 2004 02:15 PM
# Robert Stewart said:

Another option is a college radio station, like KFJC or KSJS. Of course, it depends on how unusual your collection is. For common stuff, they will likely either already have it or not want it.

My wife runs KALX, the radio station at UC Berkeley, and they occasionally get valuable donations to their music library from listeners.

on November 10, 2004 12:28 AM
# Paul Hoffman said:

Many used bookstores also sell used CDs. Sell them to one of those and give the in-store credit slip to your local elementary school librarian. I did this last year, and my niece's school now has $350 worth of additional books.

on November 10, 2004 04:45 AM
# Robert Pendleton said:

I am the President of the Board of Directors for the Yuma Center for the Visually Impaired in Yuma,Arizona. We are currently collecting used CDs and DVDs to sell as a fundraiser for our Agency and help the visually impaired in our area. Please send me an email if you are interested in helping us.

Thank you

on November 8, 2006 07:26 PM
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