Let’s face it, DVDs take up a lot of shelf space. My husband has decided to digitize most of our favorites, then we purged the rest. I ended up with 16 DVDs to get part with. However, I didn’t want to donate them, with no return value, or list them on eBay, only to sell them for a dollar.

So I found this website called SwapaDVD – it is exactly that. The website is SwapaDVD and it is a free membership program, where you list your DVDs and then you can swap to get a DVD from someone else.

Within the first 10 minutes of posting my DVDs, someone from Michigan requested Independence Day from me. Wow that was quick! So I processed the order to ship it within 2 days, although you can choose to ship it later too. No pressure shipping is nice (unlike eBay). This is the way it works:

1) List your DVDs (for free)

2) Receive one “swap” credit for 10 DVDs that you list

3) People request your DVDs, you ship them (your cost)

4) Receive one swap credit for one DVD you ship, received two swap credits for any DVD sets

5) Browse DVDs available, request them or put them on your “wish list”

So since I added my DVDs, I received one credit to get a DVD. I wanted to get a movie and our friends have been telling us that we should watch Nacho Libre just for fun. But believe it or not Nacho Libre is hard to find at the store. Plus, I didn’t want to spend $20 for it either. So, I decided to swap for it. I’m waiting for the member to accept my request and ship it, which can take a few days.

Then, within 2 days my Weeds Season One and Weeds Season Two were requested, so I mailed those also. Once those arrive then I receive my Swap Credits, each of those were worth 2 and 3 credits respectively – Bonus! It was funny because the guy working at the Post Office actually recognized the shipping label for SwapaDVD. He said, “That is a great company, I use it a lot and the most popular have been Disney movies. But you can find some hard-to-get DVDs too.” It was comforting to know that the postman has heard of this service and knows it actually works!

According to the website, there are more than 230,000 DVDs available to swap on this service.

There is a Discussion Forum available to ask/answer any questions. If you ship a DVD and its in poor condition, then the receiver can note that and then you don’t receive your swap credit and you paid to ship a bum DVD. It’s easy and hopefully honest. At least you don’t have to worry about refunds, etc.

So I think the simpler, the better, especially when it comes to swapping and exchanges. If I had more time and more valuable items, I would utilize eBay to earn the most potential money. However, I don’t consider DVDs a valuable item, unless its a fair trade swap.

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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