Decluttr Review, Or How I More Than Tripled My Money Reselling CDs & DVDs

I Turned $21.81 Into $70.41 Using Decluttr.

It all started with me trying to figure out ways to increase my income from thrifting. I had never paid much attention to music CDs and movie DVDs before as they are numerous and time-consuming to sort anything profitable from the bunch. Especially since many aren’t worth much individually.

So my time was spent looking for courses, lessons, and the occasional audiobook in the media bins.

But since I downloaded the Decluttr app, I have been able to search the CDs and DVDs (and even some games) in a time-efficient manner. It all comes down to the barcode scanner and speedy lookup provided within the Decluttr app itself.

When you scan the barcode with your phone’s camera, it will tell you that they don’t want it, it doesn’t recognize the barcode, or what they will buy it from you for.

After three thrifting trips, I had amassed a large number of such discs (109 to be exact) – to the tune of 24 and a half pounds and a total cost of $21.81!

On Sunday, September 2nd, I sat down and created an order in the Decluttr app by just scanning the barcodes of each case. Every scan brought an instant price and was added to the order.

When I was done, I had a Decluttr order with an initial offer of $75.38. This was pending approval by Decluttr’s quality control staff.

I submitted the order and was sent a UPS label to my email. Yes, Decluttr pays for shipping your sell order in. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can have Decluttr send you a label in the mail.

Decluttr Shipment. Circled in red, amongst my eBay parcels for the weekend.

After packing them securely into a large box, I dropped it off the next day at the most convenient UPS store location to me. Tracking told me that the box was due to arrive on Monday, September 10th.

Nothing to do but wait.

On Monday I received an email that they received the parcel. Decluttr promises next day payment and I had given them my Paypal for payment so I could get my money fast. Decluttr offers different ways to get paid, Paypal, Direct Deposit, and even a check in the mail.

During the next morning, I got the notification that Decluttr paid me $70.41. Since the initial Decluttr offer was $75.38, I was about $5 short.

What did they reject and why? I have no clue because Decluttr doesn’t tell you and you don’t get the items back.

To me, this is the biggest negative. I wish I knew why so that I could avoid buying them from the thrift stores in the first place. I am just going to have to avoid questionable items, like those with small case cracks, on my future sourcing.

But overall I am very satisfied with their service and will be sending in more shipments. In fact, I have already found a few choice items that they want.

I give them an 8/10!

 If you have some CDs, DVDs, or console games that you want to easily get rid of, check out Decluttr! Use this referral code link for an extra $5 added on to your first shipment (I will get a $5 bonus too, thanks to you!).


  1. James McPhil

    Amazing idea to earn some side money. I have tons of old CDs and DVDs and audio/video casettes that are lying around and eating my space in the attic and the guest room. I have always thought of selling them for good money but all pawn shops were offering me one-digit dollars, so put it off. Now I think Decluttr may be an answer to my query. Thanks, Justin.

    1. MrDD

      I’m relatively happy with Decluttr. I have even sent in a few more boxes of stuff I picked up to resell to them.

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