How I made $246 in 10 min selling media and electronics online

sell dvds online


Honestly? I was always a little snobbish about people who spent hours posting their old clothes, books and tchotchke  online for extra, random cash. Just take it to the Goodwill and take the tax write-off! I’d scream, sometimes in my own mind, and often aloud. To the person’s face. After all, I am a giant proponent of managing my in terms of time-vs-money. I don’t clean my own house or do my own laundry because it makes more financial, emotional and even spiritual sense for me to outsource those things to an expert (my amazing house cleaner Sandra), than do them myself. Same with getting rid of unused household, electronic or media. Why waste time earning a little money when the pros at my local charity could resell it so much better, and I could use that time to earn a lot more cash?! Sell wedding ring for cash you ask? Absolutely!

Or so I thought.

Enter Decluttr.

Short story: I made $246.23 in less than 10 minutes from selling old media and electronics online with Decluttr. Zero exaggeration.

Long story with pictures (it’s actually short, too):

  1. I got together a bunch of old books, video games, DVDs, CDs (my kids actually didn’t know what these were!), an old iPhone and Xbox. Here is some of the crap:

2. I created an account at This took less than 90 seconds.



3. I downloaded the Decluttr app on my iPhone. Less than 30 seconds.

sell iphone online


4. This is where the genius starts. Using the app, I scanned the bar codes of the DVDs, CDs, video games and books, which immediately logged the items and told me what I would be paid. Some earned me pennies (sorry Oasis!), while others gave me tens of dollars (thanks video games!). I entered the Xbox and iPhone information manually and easily with Decluttr‘s drop-down menus. Instead of using the app, you can also enter the serial numbers manually via the website — that only takes a few more minutes. sell video game online


5. After I cruised through 15 items, I packed them all up in a random cardboard box sitting in a closet, printed the shipping label Decluttr emailed me, and slapped it on the box:

sell electronics dvds online


6. I walked the box across the street to a UPS drop-off site (a neighborhood pharmacy), and cherished the newfound space in my home!

7. Four days laterI received an email that my items arrived. 24 hours later I saw this in my Paypal account (I spaced and logged the iPone in separate from the rest of the order, hence the two separate payments):

sell xbox online


There you have it folks, $246.23 in less than 10 minutes from selling old media and electronics online with Decluttr. Plus, I feel pretty good knowing that these electronics will be reused or recycled and not wind up in a landfill or dumped in the ocean!



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Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

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Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

One thought on “How I made $246 in 10 min selling media and electronics online

  1. It would hurt me to sell that Oasis and Coldplay CDs, but I see your point haha I looked into the website and it looks pretty cool, I even found some stuff there I might buy for myself. Thanks for the tip!

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