Sell Your Yearbook; Collect $25

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Classmates is no longer paying for yearbooks. If that changes at some point, I’ll post an update here.

Looking for a way to earn some extra cash? is currently offering up a $25 Amazon gift card for each yearbook that you send them, and they don’t even have to be your school yearbooks. My husband picked up an old yearbook at Goodwill for $.50, and collected a $25 gift card for his efforts. Not too shabby.

If you want to get in on the action, you’ll find all the details here.

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  1. I am a retired yearbook publishing rep. I have some samples for H.S., M.S., and College yearbooks that are in new condition. Is there a market for these books? Is anybody buying old yearbooks? I would love to move the entire collection. Thanks.

    1. I’d try Classmates first — that’s an easy $25 for any that they need. Then, I’d list the rest on eBay. It may take a little while to sell them, but there’s bound to be someone out there who’s trying to track down a copy of their school yearbook.

  2. Yes for sure i was at an auction and 10 old yearbooks sold for 20.00 so i guess there is gift card money to be made!

    1. Hi Emma, I would definitely follow up with them. I sent yearbooks twice, and was paid both times.

      1. Is this still a current offering? I see the form to fill out, but nothing about getting money for it (as it says they will scan book and send back). If payment is given, how long does it take from mailing to Classmates and payment for what is sent?

        1. Hey Ms. Lane,
          I just checked, and it looks like they’re no longer paying for yearbooks. I guess it was good while it lasted.

  3. Hi Erin this is Philip Vickery i sent some year books in to yearbook to get a 25 dollar amazon gift card and they scanned my books and sent them back to me. So i contacted them and ask about the 25 dollar gift card and they said they are no longer doing that. That they have not been doing that for a year. So please let people know they do not give you anything for sending your year books in. So they do not honer what you have on your site.

    1. Hi Philip. Classmates shifted from paying people for their yearbooks to scanning them and sending them back. They updated the terms on their website when they made the switch (and I updated them on mine as well). Back when they were paying for them, you had to first see if they needed your yearbook, and then if they did, they sent you paperwork and postage to send it in. Your payment was then sent once they received it. (I did this twice). Now, they are simply covering the postage there and back. So, you don’t have to give up your yearbook, but you also aren’t getting paid for it. If you sent in your yearbooks when they were still paying, and followed the process that I outlined above, I would definitely follow up with them. If you sent your yearbooks more recently, it sounds like they handled things just as they said they would. Hope this helps to clarify.

  4. Hi- I know this is an old posting, but maybe someone had a similar experience. A few years ago, I grabbed one of those senior ‘Beacon’ newspapers when I was visiting my mom-in-law. I was looking thru the classifieds in the back & saw an ad asking for old yearbooks. They were offering some money. I had my last couple yearbooks from my high school that really were just collecting dust. I got an address, sent them, & -as promised- I did receive $. The only weird thing was is that when I was on the Classmates website a year or 2 later, I was quite surprised to see that my yearbooks had been scanned & put on the site! I knew it was mine b/c the inscriptions from my friends were also showing up!! I really couldn’t believe it. I’m now racking my brain trying to remember if there was anything unsavory or unflattering about anyone in there…ooops… heh…

    1. Same thing happened to me!! Was cleaning out old stuff in attic. Came upon a couple yearbooks and sold them to a person who had an ad in local paper and then later saw MY yearbooks scanned in on classmates site. Is this even legal???

      1. Hi Sue Says,
        I am sure you have never thought of year books as historical documents, but they are. Yearbooks and numerous other documents are being collected and digitized to document family history and are being used for genealogical purposes to document and support family trees. Think about discovering the preserved yearbooks of your great-great-grandpartents and how exciting it would be to find that information. It’s like opening a time capsule.

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