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Big movie fan? Popcorn, brand new DVD and a premium spot on the couch – your idea of the perfect Friday night?
And now that Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV are taking care of the entertainment – do you have hundreds of used DVDs lying around in your house, collecting dust – probably never to be watched again? Join the club.
The good news is that if you have amassed hundreds of DVDs over time, they don’t have just to sit there taking up your precious space.
I have another solution for you: turn them into cash!
Yes, you can sell used DVDs as a side hustle and make money from home. And you can actually make sweet cash out of it – if you know the right places to sell. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, after all.
So, how do you go about selling your used DVDs, how much could you make – and what are the sites that’ll give you the highest profit?
Here’s everything you need to know.
How to Sell Used DVDs
There are many ways to sell used DVDs – online and offline – and today I’ll help you find the one that works best for you.
The easiest way is probably to sell them online – and we’ve listed the top 10 sites that will pay you for your old DVDs.
However, if online is not your thing, there are ways to make money selling your DVDs offline, too – and I’ll tell you about them later in the post.
The Best Sites to Sell Your Used DVDs
SecondSpin is the largest retailer of used DVDs. If you’re looking for a site that will accept any DVDs – as long as it’s a Region 1 or Region Free/All disc – this is your place. They also buy and sell used CDs and Blu-Ray if you’re looking to go beyond DVDs.
To sell on SecondSpin (like with most places), your DVDs will need to have the original artwork and be in good condition. Otherwise, if there’s writing or stickers on your discs, you could be receiving a smaller price.
Seeing how much you could make per item is easy – just enter the movie name or barcode on their page. Getting paid is easy, too – you can get store credit, paper check, or get paid via PayPal.
Would rather sell your used DVDs in person? Use their store locator to see if there’s a SecondSpin nearby. But bear in mind that if you do decide to ship them – SecondSpin will cover shipping costs once they accept your items.
Another way to sell stuff online is via Decluttr. It’s a site that sells and buys tech – and pride themselves on FREE shipping, fast day next payments and paying the most for tech items (according to their website).
Not only will they buy your used DVDs, but also Blu-Ray movies as well as tablets, cell phones, video game consoles and even textbooks.
Check how much you could earn by entering the barcode for the DVDs you wish to sell on their site.
You can also sell when you’re out and about via Decluttr’s free mobile app – it’s easy because you can just scan the barcodes of your DVDs to start selling.
You can get paid via Direct Deposit, PayPal, Check or even donate it to charity if you’re feeling generous.
3. Eagle Saver
Eagle Saver is a similar site to Decluttr in many aspects – they buy used DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, games and books.
But, unlike with Decluttr, you can also sell movie or TV series with Eagle Saver.
Shipping is free – and once your stuff arrives, you’ll be paid next day via paper check or PayPal. The good news is that, should they decide not to buy your DVDs because of their quality, Eagle Saver will cover the cost of the return shipping.
Bonavendi is a price comparison website for used items – so it’s a great place to start if you want to maximize your profit. Seeing all the vendors in one place also helps you save time.
Enter each item’s barcode individually (or scan it using their mobile app) and start comparing prices. The site allows you to choose the vendors that are offering the most money for your used items.
5. Sell DVDs Online
Another option for selling your used DVDs is Sell DVDs Online (the clue is in the name). They’ll buy your used DVDs, CDs and Video Games.
According to their site, they’re currently updating their prices so that you can get the best possible price when selling your DVDs – so it’s worth keeping an eye on them.
As with the others, they also offer free shipping and fast payment.
Selling your used DVDs on Amazon is an option worth considering if, for example, your DVDs don’t quite meet the quality criteria of the buyback vendors.
There are two ways to sell on Amazon: as a third-party listing, or as a trade-in. The former option is more lucrative – but you won’t get paid until your DVD is mailed to the buyer.
If you trade-in your movies to Amazon, the payment is instant – meaning you get cash right away (as soon as Amazon receives your DVDs). However, you probably won’t get as much money as if you had sold it on Amazon.
If you’re selling DVDs that are perhaps more valuable, and think that people would even compete to buy them, why not sell them on eBay?
Buyers bidding for the items is a great way to push up the price.
Listing your items is easy and free (you can list up to 50 items for free every month). Plus, with 170 million buyers worldwide, you’ll be able to reach buyers on the other side of the world – not just in your neighborhood.
Yes, you’ll need to put more effort into the listings than with the websites designed to sell DVDs (like upload your photos and information), but it could pay off – especially if you’re selling a DVD that’s in demand.
8. Facebook Marketplace
Many people don’t think about selling items on Facebook Marketplace yet – but it is a pretty great option, especially if you don’t want to deal with having to ship items.
You can sell your used DVDs locally to people who live in the neighborhood. Listing your items is free – and you’ll need to meet the buyer in person.
Alternatively, you can sell items on Facebook buy and sell groups – search for them, and you’ll find plenty. Just make sure to familiarize yourself with selling guidelines to make sure DVDs are something you can sell on there.
We’ve talked about selling items on Craigslist a million times here before – and that’s because it’s a pretty handy site.
Because you can sell pretty much anything on Craigslist, it’s a great place to get rid of the clutter lying around in your house.
Craigslist will buy your DVDs whether it’s a movie, a TV show season or complete series of a film franchise (looking to get rid of all the Harry Potter films, anyone?).
You can list each item for free – and keep all the profit. As with Facebook, you’ll also need to meet the buyer in person so they can pay you, and you can give them the goods.
Other Ways to Sell Your DVDs
Have a yard sale.
Can’t be bothered to sell your items online? Having a yard sale is the option for you, then. There are local yard sale apps that can get you the exposure you need so that the new owners of your old DVDs can pop by and purchase whatever they like.
The drawbacks are that you will need to be on-site for that – and potential buyers may want to haggle. That said, you might have a good time discussing your DVD collection – and even make some new connections.
Visit your local bookstore.
Pop into your local bookstore and ask them if they buy used DVDs in addition to old books. Many bookstores will.
Depending on how valuable and in-demand your DVDs are, the bookstore will give you a price they’re willing to pay.
Note – you could also get store credit, as many bookstores will then give you a better rate.
Bookstores aren’t the only places that sell used DVDs – there are also local vendors who set up flea markets, too. Find out who sells buys DVDs in your area – and you may be able to sell your unwanted DVDs to them.
You may not get top-dollar – but you will get rid of the clutter and make some cash.
Tips for Selling Your Used DVDs
It’s worth knowing a thing or two about selling your old DVDs as that could save you money and time.
Here are a few golden tips on how to sell your DVDs like a pro:
- Check around. Check out a few different resellers to find the best offer – they vary from reseller to reseller;
- Don’t pay for shipping. Paying for shipping is a no – most reputable sellers will sort out the shipping themselves.
- Be upfront. Don’t try to cover up the condition of your DVDs – if the disks are scratched, you’re wasting time trying to sell them. It’ll get rejected – and you won’t see any money coming in, so make sure that the disks you sell are in good condition.
- Be Original. You should always sell your DVDs in their original cases and artwork – otherwise they will probably get rejected.
Final Word on Selling Used DVDs
So, there you go! Selling your used DVDs is an easy way to make some extra cash and get rid of clutter in your house. Who knows, maybe thinning out your movie collection is the first step towards minimalist living (if you haven’t yet, read Can Minimalist Living Help Achieve Financial Freedom?).
This post should help you do it in the most time-efficient and lucrative way – so that you can make quick cash and declutter your home without any fuss.
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