After a recent move, my fiancé and I have tried to be creative in finding some extra money to play with. While I have a job and he’s in the process of job hunting, having a few extra dollars never hurts when it comes to paying off debt or having extra “fun” money to spend.
Being a college town, Manhattan, KS offers several spots where those looking for some easy cash can go to sell things they no longer need. Here are five of the best sources we’ve found that work for us.
1. Hastings Bookstore – Hastings buys and sells music, books, movies, and video games. This is generally our first stop when selling back CDs or books we no longer need. You can opt for cash or store credit, and Hastings will give you a bonus if you go for the store credit. If you don’t need cash right away, the credit is great for grabbing new (or used) merchandise. The credit can also be used in the Hardback Café, Hastings’ coffee shop for snacks and coffee drinks.
2. CD Tradepost – Found in the Aggieville Business District, this is another popular stop for selling media. CD Tradepost specializes in games, movies, and music and will buy your used things for cash. You can purchase a membership for added benefits, but anyone can sell their things here. They buy a wide variety of things and even some of the more “beat up” CDs and DVDs.
3. The Dusty Bookshelf – Another Aggieville favorite, this old fashioned bookstore is not only a good place to browse shelves and sit and read, it’s also one of the places that will buy back used books. They offer cash or store credit. Be aware that there is not always a buyer at The Dusty Bookshelf, so you may have to leave the books you want to sell for a few days before they can appraise them and make an offer.
4. ZLB Plasma – Selling plasma is a popular way for college kids in this area to make some extra money, but anyone can sell as long as they meet the requirements. Visit ZLB Plasma clinic for a free screening to see if you’re eligible. The first time includes a full physical, and you will need two forms of identification and proof of address. If you meet their requirements and are not deferred, you can earn up to $60 donating your first week and around $40 per week after that.
5. Craigslist – This popular free classifieds site has a page for Manhattan, KS. Living in a college town, you often find people looking for low priced items or services. List what you have or if you’re willing to work doing basic jobs, and you can make quick money without going to the hassle of having a garage sale or acquiring a second job (or first if you’re a full time college student).
As a college town, Manhattan offers many ways to help out students financially. Try these or be on the lookout for others more suitable to your schedule and needs.