Ready to spring clean? Consider selling your books to Amazon.com for free Amazon credit and gift cards. I’ve used Amazon’s textbook buyback–which is open to all books, not just textbooks–dozens of times and it’s worked great every time.
Here’s the how-to:
1. Visit Amazon’s trade-in store page and enter your book’s ISBN number, often found on the back cover near the barcode.
2. If Amazon is buying the book, it’ll show you the Trade-In Value. If it’s not (for example, if it’s not in demand, too old, a select paperback or sometimes self-published), it’ll say Did Not Match Any Products.
3. When you’re done entering books, click Submit and Select a Shipping Method–best methods are UPS via pre-paid label or USPS. Package your books in a box, adhere the shipping label to the outside, and voila!
4. In about 2-3 weeks, your Amazon credit will automatically be deposited into your textbook buyback account.
This is where I’d insert a cool widget to play Listamania by Phoenix. But I don’t have a cool widget to insert, so just use your imagination. Listia, on the other hand, is something you don’t have to use your imagination for.
With Listia, you can earn points towards gift cards, electronics and free stuff when you giveaway items on the site. Simply post the odds and ends you’d like to giveaway and earn points when someone bids to win the item. Redeem those points for other people’s free items, or browse from the Listia rewards catalog.
Shhh, please don’t tell my Diet Coke this, but I’ve been secretly collecting Pepsi Experience Points for free stuff.
Pepsi Experience Points is a loyalty & rewards program. It’s free to join and allows you to earn points, or PXP, for everyday activities like browsing and staying active on Pepsi’s website. The best part? You don’t have to collect codes from Pepsi products in order to participate.
I love coming across cool little sites like DailyFeats.com. The good deed-inator (thinly veiled Phineas and Ferb reference) awards points for good choices such as taking the stairs, floss, reading the news, drinking more water and more. The folks behind DailyFeats.com say their goal is socially responsible entrepreneurship. The part I love is this:
Your Life Score at DailyFeats represents how well you’re doing. It’s based on the amount and frequency of feats you check in; more feats mean a higher score, but just as in real life, you make a bigger difference when you’re consistent over time. If you leave DailyFeats for a couple of days (such as over the weekend) your score won’t drop very much, but it will gradually fall if you do fewer or no feats. Think of it as a reminder to keep your progress up!
Here’s an idea of the types of activities and points you’ll receive. Save up 5,000 points for a $10 Amazon.com, Best Buy or Toys R Us gift card. Now about that 1pt Daily Feat for “skipping soda.” Yeahh, I’m just gonna ignore that one.
Try using Swagbucks.com as your search engine to earn points redeemable for PayPal, Amazon gift cards and other prizes. Earn 7-12 Swagbucks per search and redeem 450 for a $5 Amazon.com gift card. When you sign up, you’ll get 30 free bucks.
My office “neighbor” and I shout most things across our cubicle walls–meeting times, web content updates or the status of the donut table– but tips about the search-and-win site Swagbucks were always whispered. “Pss, there’s a Swagcode worth 11 bucks…”
You earn “Swagbucks” for searches performed on their site (as opposed to searching on Google). Points range from 7 to 20 “bucks” earned. You can redeem for tons of different prizes, but the best value, by far, is the $5 Amazon.com gift card for 450 bucks. Essentially free bucks for free gift cards.
Tips for Winning Swagbucks
Perform your searches approximately three to four times a day, several hours apart. I search first thing in the morning, after lunch, late afternoon and in the evening, earning about 7 to 10 bucks each.
Once you win bucks from a search, its fairly unlikely you’ll hit it again in a consecutive search, so you can save your next search for a few hours later.
When searching, try related terms to the original you searched, and click through all the pages of results. Also, you can try searching photos or videos for the same term. To me at least, it seems searching “deep” wins better results than searching “shallow” with dozens of unrelated terms (which, by the way, can penalize you if Swagbucks thinks you’re not performing “natural searches”).
Share the site with others who might like it, too and you’ll receive matching points for what they earn. That can make earning free gift cards easier and faster than ever. Click here to sign up for Swagbucks.com.