Buy Used – Part 2: CDs

by Justin Weinger on September 9, 2006

In much of the same vein as buying used DVDs, you should never buy brand new CDs.

Obviously, since both DVDs and CDs come in very similar formats, the reason why you should always buy them used is pretty much the same – the sound quality from a used CD is exactly the same as a brand new CD, you just pay about half for it.

It turns out, you’ll probably end up saving a bit more buying used CDs than you would buying used DVDs, too.

Again, I conducted a very unscientific study by going to Amazon and seeing how much you can save on both newer and older releases:

  • For CDs that have come out within the last couple of months, my little study showed you can expect to save between 40% and 60%.  With the average price of a disc being about $12.00, this represents a savings of $4.80 to $7.20 per disc.
  • For CDs that have been out for a year or more, my study showed you can expect to save between 55% and 85%.  With the average price of older CDs being about $10.50, this represents a savings of $5.75 to $8.90.

So, if you’re someone who buys CDs rather frequently (or even if you just pick up a few every now and then), you should really think about switching to used CDs.  It could save you hundreds of dollars per year!

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