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Old 09-30-08, 03:15 PM
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Got rid of the phone books, what should I do with all my blank CD cases?

The apartment I rent down at the beach ain't no castle. It's not huge by any means. I am currently in a state of needing more room, I need as much space as I can get. That would include shelf space. I just made a major decision in my life. A huge decision. I threw my phone books away in the trash dumpster, both the white pages and the yellow pages. Both of those books took up a lot of space. No kidding, it took me months to finally make the decision to live a life without a phone book. I couldn't imagine going through life living without the Yellow Pages. So one day, after weeks of contemplating the issue, I swallowed hard and tossed them right into the trash. It's been about two weeks now and so far life has been manageable without a hard copy of the Yellow Pages. In the many years I owned a phone book, I never used the white pages, only the yellow pages, and I used the Yellow Pages alot. Of course now I use the Internet to aquire a local phone number.

And so now, just like the phone books, I have some more relics from the 90's that I don't know if I should part with: my music CD cases. They too take up a lot of space, all 68 of them. The CD cases are empty as I keep the discs, all 68 of them, in a photo album. All told I have approximately 68 blank CD cases sitting on my shelf. I'm afraid of parting with the cases not because I'm a pack rat, but because I don't know if sometime down the road I'll regret having discarded them.

And so I wonder, do you think I might I need them sometime down the road? Right now they're totally blank and all they do is sit on my shelf collecting dust taking up valuable space. What if I decide to sell the CD's? Do you think the buyer would want the original CD case? Or am I being naive' or foolish? Meaning, is there any point in even selling a CD, would that be pointless? If I was to try and sell them, might that be a waste of time, like trying to sell a second hand yo-yo to a quadraplegic? Maybe the CD's (with the musical CD inside the CD case) are worth only a buck or two on eBay or down at your local flea market?

I'm talking cases, blank cases that are empty, that house CD's of all types of music: classical, rock, country and rap music. What do you think? Please help me make a decision 'cause I really need the shelf space (real bad) but I don't want to make a mistake that I'll live to regret. Your opinion matters. (And no, I have no other place where I can keep them/store them. They either stay on the shelf or they have to go straight into the trash dumpster.)

Pic of the actual blank CD cases that are sitting on a shelf inside my apartment:





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Old 09-30-08, 03:28 PM
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some music stores buy and sell used CDs and they would definitely want them in the case. Value would depend on the specific album.

If you really want to save space, then rip all the CDs to your computer, then sell them. (Assuming you don't mind the loss in sound quality from compression.)
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Take all the insert stuff out - cover picture and album notes and put in a envelope/folder or the back of the cd album. Recycle/sell the cd cases. Most people buy cd's to burn in spindles - 50/100 with no cases so people at your work might want them for stuff they do want to keep. Heck I have a couple of cases that are broken that I would grab a couple if they showed up in the lunchroom at work.

If you do decide to sell/trade later on, buy a couple at the dollar store - they sell 5-10 for a $1.
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