BOSTON -- Trade Whitney for Britney, or Cream for Korn.
A new Internet company hopes to make it easier for people to get rid of CDs they no longer want and get hold of used CDs that they do.
Swapit.com may lack the cozy atmosphere of a used CD shop, but its founders say the site makes up for that in selection and in more liberal policies for consumers who want to dump old discs.
'''One man's trash is another man's treasure' is really true,'' said Kevin Wells, one of the co-founders of Swapit.com in Maynard, Mass.
Swapit.com, which opened in mid-April, gives ''credit'' to customers for ''swapping in'' any one of 300,000 titles. To make that easy, the company sends would-be customers postage-paid boxes that hold as many as 12 discs.
The credit, called Swapit bucks, can be used to purchase any of the 50,000 discs the site has in stock. There is a $2 fee per disc, plus shipping.
The company receives about 1,000 ''new'' used discs each day, Wells said. All are tested for quality before they are sent to a distribution warehouse in Chicago. Discs that don't pass the test are not put up for sale.
Swapit.com says nearly all the discs the company has received were popular at one time. The most frequently ''swapped in'' CD so far has been Alanis Morisette's ''Jagged Little Pill.''
Wells said that if Swapit.com receives too many CDs of any one title, it will try to do something creative with them.
''We'll have a big bonfire or something,'' he said.
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