How Can You Sell Old VHS Movies?

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To sell used VHS tapes, list them on marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon. While most VHS tapes are not particularly valuable and have little resale value, some rare tapes can sell for high prices online.

Before selling a VHS tape, it’s important to determine its regional encoding and condition. Tapes sold in the United States and Japan typically have NTSC encoding, while those sold in Europe and Australia have PAL encoding. Websites such as eBay and CamelCamelCamel can help users determine general selling prices for tapes in popular markets.

It’s also important to determine the condition of the tape. Tapes in good condition, particularly those still shrink-wrapped, sell for far more than tapes in used condition. Testing a used tape by sticking it into a VCR is typically a useful step for serious sellers.

The potential profit on a sale depends largely on the rarity of the VHS. Major movies that were produced in significant qualities, such as “Titanic” or “Star Wars,” are unlikely to sell for much, as they are quite common. Rarer tapes produced in more limited quantities, such as wrestling videos, obscure horror films and special interest media, are more likely to sell for higher amounts. Checking auction or marketplace sites for actual sale prices is a practical way to determine a tape’s value.