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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-11-2004

Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?


I have a vhs copy of the original Little Mermaid, factory sealed. I tried to do a search on completed items to see what it would go for, but there are no factory sealed originals to compare to. Does anyone have a guess on value?

Thanks,
Murln
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Registered: ‎07-18-2006

Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
Does it have the original "banned" cover? My very slightly used copy sold for over $25 because it did have the banned cover.

The banned cover has Cinderella's Castle in the background. If you look at the spires, ONE just might look a little like a phallic symbol.

You can also do a search for the VHS and add the word banned. Maybe someone has a picture for you to see.

I would guess a brand new factory sealed version to go for at least $25.
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Registered: ‎04-11-2004

Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln

Yes, it is the original, banned cover (phallic symbol and all), clam shell, "the classics" (black diamond,) still in the original shrink wrap with a gold disney sticker on the front of the shrink wrap that states "$26.99 suggested retail price" and "$3.00 back from disney no additional purchase required" rebate that expired back on 9/15/90!

i could possibly take a pic and post it here for verification.

i was just wondering if anyone had any info on the possible value. i have tried to do research, but i cannot find any that are still in the original shrink wrap/unopened with the original "banned" cover.

any info would be helpful. :smileyhappy:

thanks,
murln

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Registered: ‎04-16-2004

Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
murln, I think the value will depend on timing.

Some things are selling now, some things are not. It seems to me that bidding has slowed down a bit.

Last year, I bought a DVD of Little Mermaid and paid 70 something. But this was a DVD (which doesn't have the "special" cover) and not the VHS.

I agree with mary, that the VHS should fetch at least 25. Possibly even more. Keep watching the auctions.

Also, not putting a reserve on it, and just letting the bidders "duke it out" can make the price go high.
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-15-2008

Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
If you still have this vhs please send me a message. I might have some insight for you.

mike?:smileyindifferent:
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Registered: ‎06-04-2009

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
I have the original copy of the little mermaid with the banned case with the pe*** on the front cover it is in perfect condition, it's just slightly used vhs. After we noticed the penise we put it up thinking it would be worth somthing one day... there is a old russion fellow that sold his copy for just under 10,000 dollars to a collecter..so i think depending on who you sold it to.. how much you would get...
hankellin
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Registered: ‎12-28-2004

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
be careful-- your listing could get pulled by ebay-- we are no longer allowed to sell banned or recalled items on here.
I happen to have the above VHS also still sealed and would love to sell it but no idea on where to sell it at anymore.
Anyone have any insight on how to get around this ban for collectable items?
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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-29-2009

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
shoot then find out who it was he sold it to..i heard it was worth $3,000.00
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Registered: ‎03-27-2008

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln
> shoot then find out who it was he sold it to..i heard it was worth $3,000.00

sorry, there are several of those covers currently being sold on ebay for ~ $10

On the other hand, I did find a decent reference to the offending artwork on this urban myth site: http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/mermaid.asp

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UID=Unpaid Item Dispute       FVF=Final Value Fee      &nbspPITA=Pain In The A**
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Registered: ‎05-15-2010

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln

not much but i would like to buy it from you for 10 bucks if you have one


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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-04-2007

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln

Yes, I have heard of a wealthy Saudi oil prince who paid just over 1 million dollars for this, however he had it taken away by the King, such a shame.

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Posts: 108
Registered: ‎08-31-2006

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln

I have one too.  I don't believe it's very rare, once the people that bought it originally heard it was recalled they kept it.  I used to work for Disney and people were trying to hunt them down. 


 


Those crazy animators do that stuff in all the movies.  It's just not as obvious as this castle.

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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎10-30-2013

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to murln

My copy of the Disney Little Mermaid is also the copy with the p***s on the cover. About 10 years ago I was told it was worth around $400 but I'm curious as to what it would be worth now? Any information would be greatly appreciated. I also have about 50 other Disney VHS movies for sale.


murln wrote:

I have a vhs copy of the original Little Mermaid, factory sealed. I tried to do a search on completed items to see what it would go for, but there are no factory sealed originals to compare to. Does anyone have a guess on value?

Thanks,
Murln

 

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Registered: ‎11-13-2013

Re: Original Little Mermaid VHS, NIP, is it worth anything?

in reply to njeckman77

I have an original banned copy as well. Typically, when Disney re-releases a movie for a short time, originals skyrocket for collectors. I want to sell mine but have no idea what it's worth today.