CEX- A second-hand/trade-in store

I don’t know if you’ve heard of CEX? I hadn’t until about 3 years ago, I think. CEX stands for Complete Entertainment Exchange. I thought it was about time I wrote about them, since I now mainly use them to trade in old DVDs as there is no minimum amount required and the payment is instant. That is if you trade-in, in-store. Please check out their website for online trade-ins because I’ve not used it.

We tend to treat CEX a bit like a library in our house, as they allow you to buy, sell and exchange technology products. According to their website, they have stores in the UK, Spain, USA, Ireland, India, Australia, Portugal, Netherlands, Mexico and Poland. So there might be one near you? We mainly use them for DVDs, but they will also take CDs in some larger stores. They also deal in computer games for various games consoles, mobile phones, computers and associated peripheries, laptops, iPods, iPads and more! I once traded in my old iPod with them and it was very straight-forward. They check all electrical items like that, so you get a ticket and leave it with them for 30 minutes or so- to protect them and the next person who comes along to buy your old stuff. Everything you buy comes with a 12-month warranty, so you’ve got additional peace of mind. You can choose to either receive cash or a voucher when trading-in. The voucher is worth more and valid for 1000 years! So you have plenty of time to spend it!!! You can even now choose to donate your money to charity- how fab is that.

I love the fact that one of the founding principles of CEX was to save the environment. They really got on board with zero waste about 20 year ago! They saw built-in obsolesce as a business opportunity as they recognised the need to recycle. Happily, they also saw that not everyone has the money (or has enough sense!) not to buy brand new and they thought that there would always be a market for these types of second-hand goods.

So you see, I think CEX is proof that second-hand, minimalism (i.e. don’t hold onto stuff that you no longer need) and zero waste really can change the world. They are also a really friendly place 🙂

P.S. I don’t work for them and they have not paid me to write this blog post!

Goodbye Hi-fi!


6 months ago, I said I was going to get rid of my hi-fi and I didn’t manage it. Although I did let go of my iPod instead. During the intervening months I had used it about twice and since moving, it had sat in its box for 3 months untouched. That was enough to confirm to me, that it did indeed need to go!

I popped it on eBay and made a very fair return on it, seeing as it was now 5 years old. It had been very well looked after and was like new. I got just under half of my original spend back, so much better to sell it now than when it had further depreciated or become obsolete. I’ve had the odd pang of regret, but I just remind myself that I didn’t use it.

I’ve been using either my iPad, iPhone, computer or portable radio as alternatives and the speakers are excellent on these devices. I have treated myself to a £20 portable CD drive (via Amazon, paid for with Swagbucks!) which means I can upload all my CDs to iTunes (my Macbook Air doesn’t have a CD drive). The next move I can see happening, is for all my CDs to go. Then I would have an obsolete hi-fi stand to get rid of too, unless it can be repurposed! ha

This was definitely one of the harder things to let go, but I’m so glad I did it. Let me know how your decluttering efforts are going.