03-24-2014 11:28 AM - last edited on 03-24-2014 03:00 PM by lithnicnac
Generally speaking, unless if never released on DVD or a newer format (Blu-Ray, HD DVD, online streaming, digital copy), VHS tapes are destined for the charity shop, yard sale, or the dumpster, even if sealed and unopened! I've listed one lot of 24 sealed VHS tapes (granted, they're common, released toward the end of the VHS era, and of mixed genre) and have not even had a single offer in a six-month span! But as always, find out if that VHS doesn't have an official advance release. This is a good tape to sell, especially if protected from copyright from video sharing. Generally speaking (and this is a general eBay rule), if the price it costs to ship is equal to or greater than the gross selling price for any item, I don't think its worth the hassle to sell unless you aquired the items at a very low price beforehand. Maybe the slipcovers may have a tiny bit of value, but the awkard way of storing them that way just doesn't appeal to me. Most VHS purchases are due to nostalgia and as a cheaper alternative to a DVD or digital copy, in which you can use a VHS to DVD dubber/converter, with tossing out the tapes after use. There may be some minor appreciation in value years/decades down the road, but unless if still hard to find on a contermporary format, VHS tapes will be one of the worst things to collect in terms of value.
03-03-2014 05:40 PM
01-01-2014 05:46 PM
ebay seller Treasures by Brenda has written an excellent guide to this. http://treasures-by-brenda.squidoo.com/rareVHStape
As far as whether something is "worth listing" my thinking is that if it is free for you to get or just something you have lying around - why not? If you make a sale, and do not lose money on postage - you will bring traffic to your store. And maybe make a few bucks.
11-20-2013 12:20 AM
I still have my original collection of VHS tapes. It started at 5000. Over the years, I sold the rarer, out of print tapes on Ebay. But there are still thousands left. So I took an ad out in Craigslist offering to sell them at 1.00 each. I have had 3 sellers come by to cherry pick this month. I sold about 100 tapes. Not great, but a lot better than putting them in a landfill. The interesting thing is that all 3 customers were young - I'd say around 20-25 years old. It was cool and gratifying to see them have an interest in old movies.
I didn't even know how they could have even known about these movies!
The best genre is Horror. Horror always sells - especially if you are lucky to have a rare title. OOP wrestling tapes sell well. There are hundreds of Restricted movies that haven't been released on DVD which sell. The Children genre, especially Disney, will still sell ok.
Here is my genre ranking:
10-23-2013 03:10 PM
DEF worth listing! I just made $71.00 on an old vcr tape....because the collector wanted the BOX!!
I listed over 100 horror tapes, and not all went, but many did. It's worth a try on eBay! That is the best place to find out their worth.
THEN you can take the left-overs to the thrift store.
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