Murfie and The River Food Pantry

Murfie is running a charity event for The River Food Pantry in Madison!

From November 15th to December 15th, donate used or new CDs or DVDs to Murfie. For each CD and DVD, Murfie will purchase one pound of fresh produce for the River Food Pantry on your behalf. Drop off your donations at Murfie HQ (7 N. Pinckney Street, Suite 300, Madison) or at The River Food Pantry at 2201 Darwin Rd in Madison.

Not in the Madison area? Ship your donations to Murfie, or make a direct donation on The River Food Pantry’s website!

Open since 2006, The River Food Pantry has been working to provide hot meals, clothing, groceries, and household items to low-income families in Dane County. In 2012, The River provided items to about 28,811 Dane County families, or about 81,386 individuals. That includes 30,163 children.

Help us make a difference! Drop off your donations through December 15th, and contact us if we can help you figure out the best way to contribute.

How to Sell CDs on Murfie: The All-Encompassing Guide

 
It’s happened to the best of us: You’re scrolling through your Murfie collection, and bam!, you realize you’ve wound up with two copies of CarpentersThe Singles: 1969-1973; or you’re an ex-Beatles, newly-converted Stones fan, and you’re finally ready to ditch your once cherished copy of Revolver.

Well, here’s great news for you: Not only can you store your CD collection with Murfie, but you can sell it, too.

Selling Your CDs

Once you’ve made the decision that you’re ready to sell some CDs, the process is simple. To begin, sign in to murfie.com and click “Your Collection” on the header.

You’ll now see your prized Murfie collection. Once you’ve scrolled through your albums and found the one you’d like to sell, look to the right of the album’s artwork. If the album hasn’t been downloaded or shipped, you’ll see an area titled “View Selling Options.”

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Once you’ve clicked “View Selling Options,” a range of dollar values will appear.

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From here, you can select any dollar amount that you want to sell your CD for. At Murfie, we recommend that you put your CD for sale at the lowest price that it’s currently selling for. To find out what this lowest value is, simply move your peepers up two lines above the selling options to the where it says “Selling for.” This section will show you the current low and a high selling prices. If you’re lucky enough to be the only seller of your particular CD, however, this “Selling for” area will instead read, “Be the only seller!”

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After you’ve selected your desired price, check the “For Sale” box. Congratulations! You now have an album for sale.

Do you want to save time and avoid pricing your own discs? Email info@murfie.com and ask for Easy Price. We’ll automatically price your CDs at a fair market value, and you should see sales almost immediately.

What To Expect After Your CD Has Sold

The first thing to do after you’ve sold a CD on Murfie is to congratulate yourself. High five your cat, pat yourself on the back or pop that bottle of bubbly—you sold a CD!

In your account balance, you’ll notice that you’ve received credit for 70% of the listed price of your CD. Murfie keeps the other 30% as commission. Any credit you earn from the sale, however, is yours to use: You can either put that credit to good use by buying other CDs, or you can cash it out as a check.

To cash your credit, click on your name in the upper left corner of the site, and select “Shipping” from the drop-down menu. After you’ve filled out your shipping info, head over to “Balance,” which can be found in the same drop-down menu. If you have a positive balance, you’ll see a green button that says “Request Check.” And once you’ve clicked that button, your balance will change back to $0 and you’ll receive your check within 2 weeks.

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Don’t Forget

Once you’ve sold your CD on Murfie, you will no longer be able to access that particular disc for streaming or downloading, since the buyer now owns that disc. If it helps, think of Murfie as a used record store, but online—and even better!

How I Made 100+ Successful Trades

I love trading.

I’ve been doing it for a long time.  It started with sports cards in 4th grade.  By 6th grade, I had fully switched to trading Pokémon and Magic: the Gathering.  And so it continues today.

It’s understandable, then, that once my collection was on Murfie, I quickly became addicted to trading my CDs.  I love trading so much that I am happy to say I recently made my 100th trade on Murfie!

What was the trade?  I traded away my copy of Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair for a copy of Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet.  This brings me one step closer to my goal of collecting the entire Miles Davis studio album discography.

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What a deal!

How did I do it?  By simply remembering that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, honestly.  My collection is full of things I accumulated over the years that I really don’t care about anymore.  If I’m not digging that Barenaked Ladies CD my mom bought me in high school, there’s probably someone out there who feels the same about their old jazz CDs.

The trick is making offers and waiting for someone to bite!  To complete 100 successful trades, I initiated about 300 trades and received about 20 incoming trades.  That means that for every three trades I’m interested in making, I’m likely to complete one of them.

The odds are pretty good, if you ask me, and you’ll never know what awesome deals you’ll get.

Ditch or Date Your CD Collection?

Well, now, ain’t that something. Just 1-2 percent of music fans across Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are ditching their CDs, according to a recent study. In fact, nearly 3/4 keep their CDs safe and sound, on display, at home.

What’s more is that more than 1/2 in the region are still listening to music via CDs. Sorta surprising given that music streaming service of the moment Spotify was founded in Sweden. I guess the people just love the warm fuzzy feeling of owning, and playing, something physical.

Hey, so tell us in the comments section below what you’re doing with your CD collection? Have you sent your discs to Murfie yet? We’d sure love to know what your plan of attack is.