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Selling Your Music To Us
What Kinds of Things Does Amoeba Buy?
We buy CDs, DVDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, Blu-rays, collectible music & movie posters and prints, books, box sets, music collectibles, laserdiscs, VHS and cassettes – just about any format or anything music-related. Occasionally there are genres or formats that we are overstocked in and we will stop buying them for a time. Call the buy counter first if you are hoping to sell a lot of something that is pretty easy to come by (like cassettes, VHS). Click here for Amoeba's General Buying Policies.
How Much Cash Will Amoeba Give Me for My Stuff?
An item’s worth depends on the artist, title, popularity, condition, and amount of stock we already have. You can opt for cash or get approximately 30% more in store credit. Click here for Amoeba's General Buying Policies. We cannot give price quotes over the phone without actually seeing the product. It's always best to just bring your items to the store’s buy counter.
Where and How Do I Sell My Stuff to Amoeba?
Bring your items to the Buy Counter. A qualified, knowledgeable buyer will assess your product and make you an offer. You will always get more money if you opt for store credit, rather than cash, but the choice is yours. You must have a current government issued ID to sell. The Hollywood buy counter closes at 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sundays. The Bay Area buy counters close when the stores close.
How Do I Sell My Large Collection to Amoeba?
Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are not acquiring collections at the moment. We look forward to buying collections when our stores reopen.
If you have over 500 CDs or over 1,000 LPs to sell, please call the store first and find out whether we can do the buy in the store and if so, when. If you are interested in having us come out to your house to buy your collection, please click here to fill out our Collection Form. We rarely do this except for large collections of excellent titles. If you can't access our online Collection Form, please call the store and leave a message for our Collections Buyer with a brief description of your collection.
I'm in a Band and I Have CDs to Sell. Will Amoeba Stores Buy My CDs?
Amoeba Hollywood is not doing consignment until further notice due to COVID-19. Amoeba Berkeley and Amoeba San Francisco continue to do consignment. Please note: each store makes its own buying decisions and consignment must be set up in person at each location.
Amoeba is always interested in carrying music by unsigned local artists. Of course, we have very tight space constraints, and we usually have to start by carrying 1 or 2 copies of a self-released title until we see whether it sells strongly enough for us to carry more. Most titles we consign – we carry them for three months and pay for the ones that sold at the end of that time. We can pay outright for titles with a strong proven sales record. Call your local Amoeba store to make an appointment with someone who does consignments, or just bring your CDs to the buy counter and we'll see what we can do.