Can You Make a Fortune By Selling Your Old Disney VHS Tapes?

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How many old Disney VHS tapes do you have lying around your house? If you are like many people, you could not bear to get rid of them, even after you bought a DVD player and a new copy of each movie. It turns out that some of those old Disney VHS tapes are for sale for a lot of money on eBay. The question is, will anyone actually pay the astronomical prices?

For a Disney VHS tape to be worth something more than sentimental value, it has to be rare. If you own a First Edition of Beauty and the Beast that was made before the castle design on the package was changed, you could try to list it for thousands of dollars. You can hope for even more if you never opened the package. There are currently some copies of the movie listed on eBay for over $20,000 each. Not surprisingly, there have been few offers (if any) on these tapes. Many of them are “Black Diamond Classics”. These may be worth slightly more, but they aren’t as rare as some sellers seem to think.

If you really want to make money selling your old Disney VHS movies, you might have more luck if you think smaller. If you still have a VCR, check to see that the movies work and what the quality is. You don’t want to sell junk. Instead of trying to pay for your next Walt Disney World vacation with the sale of one tape, keep the price low. You might want to bundle a couple of similar titles together to make the deal seem sweeter. There are people out there who are even more sentimental than you are, and for a fair price they will take them off of your hands. The sale might not pay the price of a Treehouse Villa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, but you might make enough for a couple of burgers at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

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Then again, if you have a tape that you think is rare, go for it! Research what makes your version worth so much because you want to have strong information to put into the description. List the actual condition of the tape and the case, don’t embellish. Include full descriptions of any extras that came with the movie, or state if they aren’t included. Add several pictures when you list it so that people will know what they are getting. Who knows, maybe you’ll make the sale of the century. The Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort await.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.