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Ah, DVDs. The dying art of movie watching. The product we all used to spend so much money on (and as a result have probably amassed quite the collection) yet are pretty much worthless now.
With the popularity of streaming services and movies on demand, coupled with the rising trend of minimalism and decluttering, DVDs are becoming ever more redundant.
So where are the best places to sell DVDs? And how do we make sure we’re getting the most money for them?
My first stop when selling DVDs is trade in apps – they’re quick (you just scan the barcode) and you can offload most of your DVDs in one go and get the money for them quite quickly.
I tend to have a post it note for each app laid out on the floor. Then I will scan a DVD on each app and put it in the pile of the app which offered the most money.
Most of these apps have a minimum trade of £5 or 10 items, and with more and more titles being rejected and pennies being offered for those that are accepted, it can sometimes be hard to meet this threshold.
Make sure that you create an account with each website – they will periodically email you when they have special offers on.
It’s also worth a quick google to see if you can find any codes.
You’re never going to make megabucks selling your DVDs this way, but it can be the quickest and most reliable way of turning them into cash.
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This is one of few instances, where eBay isn’t my first port of call.
Unless you have a rare or sought after DVD, I would avoid. The fees and competition just make it impossible for you to make any money, and quite frankly it just isn’t worth the effort.
Most titles can be found for 99p – with some even offering free delivery (I literally cannot fathom how these people do this – a DVD in a jiffy bag costs £1.32 – I have tried to cut this cost and it’s nigh on impossible) so you are always going to be priced out.
If you’re in no rush to sell your DVDs and think you might have a rare DVD, do a completed listings search to see what similar items have sold for. Another clue is if one of the DVD trade websites offer ‘good’ money (good in the sense that they usually offer pennies – I got offered £2.54 for a DVD which when I looked up on eBay had been selling for £15+)
The only times I have successfully sold DVDs on eBay is when grouped in a bundle large enough to make the postage cost worthwhile (£2.85 small parcel) for example, Tom Hanks Films or Live Comedy DVDs. Or at specific times of the year – horror films approaching Halloween, festive films at Christmas.
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I’ve had varying success with selling DVDs at boot sales and I think the key to get the most money out of them lies in how many you are selling. When I’ve had a small box of DVDs (approx 30 DVDs) I managed to start the day selling them at £1.50 each, dropping to £1 nearing the end of the sale.
I think that when you have a select few, buyers are more likely to actually browse what you have and look at each DVD individually rather than scanning over them like you would tend to do with a large quantity as it can be quite overwhelming. People are also more likely to spend more money if they are looking for a specific title.
On another few occasions, I went to the bootsale with only DVDs and covered a large table plus underneath with boxes of them. This time I took printed signs with me selling them for 50p or 3 for a £1. On leaving the bootsale, it seemed like we hadn’t really sold anything as we still had so many left. But we made £38 profit (after deducting £6 pitch fee and £5 purchases we made). So that’s nearly £50… at 50p (or 33p), that’s actually quite a lot of DVDs!
Another good option for selling DVDs in bulk is Facebook. The advantages are that there are no fees, buyers will collect from you and you’ll have the cash in your hand straight away.
The downside (as with all Facebook sales) is that people often don’t turn up… and don’t let you know that they’re not going to turn up! And some are cheeky enough to barter with you when they turn up at your door – I always say the price is the price – if they wanted to barter they could’ve done so in messenger before agreeing the sale.
I posted an advert on Facebook for 90+ DVDs for £10 collection only. A bloke messaged me an hour later, and he collected them the next morning. I also had 2 other messages asking if they were available.
This meant that I achieved on average 11p per DVD, but I had already tried selling these in bundles on ebay, and had run them through the trade in apps several times, before finally just wanting them gone. I don’t even have a DVD player, so I certainly wasn’t going to miss them!
Do you have any suggestions I’ve missed? Where do you think are the best places to sell DVDs?
I started Katie Saves while on Maternity Leave to document our adjustment to living on less. Now back in work - I blog about all things money with a little life organisation thrown in for good measure. Join me!