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Amazon's New Trade-In Service Is Great, But eBay Still Pays Better

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Amazon's brand new trade-in service will pay me $366.20 in store credit for a random sampling of gadgets, games, and stuff I gathered from around my house. eBay will (depending on the final bid) pay me about $546.24.

Granted, selling things on eBay requires a bit more time, effort, and overhead, but if it's pure return-on-investment results one's after, the original auction site is still tops.

Amazon launched the "Trade-In" beta service this week, and so far there are 2,550 eligible items available for trade, in four categories: textbooks, movies & TV, video games, and electronics.

Essentially a user just selects an item they'd like to trade, prints a free shipping label, boxes it, ships it, and waits for the cash to be credited to their Amazon account or sent back as a gift card.

Here are a few items I picked for comparison purposes (prices picked from a random, average listing).

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iPhone 3GS, 8GB black

MSRP: $449

Amazon: $118

eBay: $160

Playstation 3, 120GB

MSRP: $299.99

Amazon: $147.20

eBay: $180

Red Dead Redemption, PS3

MSRP: $59.99

Amazon: $16.50

eBay: $20.00

Metal Gear Solid 4, PS3

MSRP: $59.99

Amazon: $6.50

eBay: $12.50

iPod, 80GB

MSRP: $189.99

Amazon: $67.50

eBay: $149.99

The Sopranos, Season 1

MSRP: $29.99

Amazon: $4.50

eBay: $8.99

Free Speech on Trial, textbook

MSRP: $32.95

Amazon: $6

eBay: $14.75

Bottom line: Amazon's service is great if you just want to get rid of something and don't want to fuss with making an auction listing, waiting for it to end, and dealing with a random person. But the money you get back from Amazon can only be used for more Amazon crap, which, granted, is a lot of crap, but it ain't cash.

eBay's a pain sometimes, and there are more steps involved; plus there are listing fees and PayPal cuts from what you make. But even with all that, eBay still brings home the best pay day.

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