How to Sell DVDs

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When Learning How to Sell DVDs, be careful of building a huge DVD Inventory. Blu-Ray Movies and 3D Formats are Quickly Replacing the Standard DVD Movie.


Instruction and tips on how to sell DVDs, including tips on DVD shipping, DVD packaging, Amazon DVDs and eBay DVDs.

The good thing about selling DVDs is that there is an almost endless supply of them at yard sales and thrift stores.  The bad thing is that people that are selling the DVDs often over-value them because they love the movie and it is hard to get DVDs for cheap, so you can make a profit.





How to Sell DVDs: Tips and Guidelines


  • Condition is very important. You can sell DVDs with no cases on Amazon, but in order to get full price, DVDs should have only very light surface wear, and there should be no paperwork inserts missing.
  • It’s hard to make money on many popular DVDs as there were millions sold. Look for rare DVDs.

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  • Grab any DVDs that you can find for free. Also save empty cases for replacing broken cases that you may find later.  If you find free DVDs, but the DVDs are badly scratched, save the empty case.
  • DO NOT SELL SCRATCHED DVDs! It’s not worth the couple of dollars in sales to receive a negative feedback, when a customer receives a DVD that will not play in their player.  This is the first thing I tell sellers learning how to sell DVDs.
  • Make sure that you have the supplies and packaging necessary to process you DVDs for resale.  We have a selection of products that we use available by clicking the products at the bottom of the page.
  • Look for the ‘Collector’s Cut’ or ‘Deluxe’ versions of popular movies.  They are worth more than the standard versions.
  • Blu-Ray DVDs are almost always worth more than standard DVDs. Look for premium formats like 3D, LaserDisk.
  • Don’t buy the thin bargain DVDsthat you see at Wal-Mart. They are usually penny DVDs.


How to Sell DVDs:  Where to Find Used DVDs to Sell


The key to making good cash on used DVDs is to get them for free or at a low cost per item.  Look for locations where you can get a large lot of DVDs for cheap, or can buy them for 25 or 50 cents apiece.


Money for Used DVDs at Garage Sales

Garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales can be the best locations to find DVDs at low costs, or for free.  Often, the yard sale host is not the owner of the DVDs, so there is no emotional attachment.

Do not pay more than $1 for any DVDs that you find at garage sales, unless it is still new and sealed.  It is common to find large lots of DVDs for 25c or 50c.

You can usually make an offer that lowers the cost further.  Offer to buy a bunch of DVDs at a lower cost per item, or offer to buy the whole lot.

  • I have made BY FAR the most money on garage sale DVDs by finding them in FREE BOXES.  I have found dozens of them, and I have found $30 DVDs in free boxes.
  • You can also sell DVDs without the cases on Amazon, so pick ANY DVDs (as well as CDs, Cassettes, and video games, for that matter) that you find for free.  If they are penny DVDs on Amazon, you can bundle them later as a large lot on eBay.

Cash for Used DVDs at Thrift Stores

Be careful buying used DVDs from thrift stores like Goodwill.  They often have their DVDs overpriced, and leave re-sellers no room for profit.Many Goodwill stores have their DVDs priced at $2.99 a piece, or higher.   Other thrift stores will have their DVDs priced at $2 or more. Here are some tips to finding quality DVDs to sell at thrift shops:

  • Buy DVDs on their 50% off daysat Goodwill (Colored Stickers indicate 50% off)
  • Know how much the DVDs are worth BEFORE buying them.  Use a smart phone with a bar  code scanner to pre-price DVDs before buying.  This is the ONLY way to know for sure if you will make money on the DVD, when you are talking about s
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    pending $2-3 a piece for them.

  • CHECK THE CONDITION OF THE DVD’S BEFORE BUYING.  It is very common for other customers at thrift shops to steal the DVDs, and leave the case.  Make sure that the DVD that you are not paying for an empty DVD case!
  • Find the thrift shops that sell DVDs for $1 or less.  Salvation Army stores often sell their DVDs for $1 a piece.  Some smaller thrifts will sell DVDs for under $1.
  • Look for DVDs that are still sealed in original shrink wrap.
  • Look for rare DVDs, and DVDs with small release numbers (not mainstream).

Buying Used DVDs Online: eBay and Craigslist


  • Making consistent money by buying DVD lots on eBay and reselling single DVDs on eBay and Amazon is possible, but it is difficult to make real money doing it.  There are a ton of used DVD sellers that you are competing with for inventory.
  • You are not going to get a large lot of DVDs at a low enough bid price that you can make a lot of money, but you can make some money if you are able to win auctions at a low price.
  • You can find some local deals on Craigslist.  Just be careful about spending too much on lots.  People usually think their DVDs are worth more than what they really are.


How Sell DVDs Online


DVDs and other media items are very manageable products to deal with.  DVDs are small and easy to package and ship.  They do not take up much storage room.  You can store thousands of DVDs in a small closet or bookshelf.

DVD packaging is easily accomplished using padded envelopes or b-flute cardboard packaging.  One of the real bonuses of selling used DVDs is how easy it is to package DVDs – just drop them in a DVD mailer, and off they go!

You can also ship DVD Lots on eBay via USPS Media Mail, making them affordable for bidders.  Here are some options for how to sell DVDs on the internet:

How to Sell DVDs:  Amazon DVDs

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Amazon is easily the most productive and efficient website when selling used DVDs online.

They have a HUGE customer base and you can list items for FREE.

You do not get charged until your item sells. We have an entire webpage dealing with how to sell on Amazon.


  • It is an outstanding investment to set yourself up with a smart phone, and then download Amazon’s free Price Check Application.  You can scan bar codes on DVDs, and see instantly what they are worth before you buy them.
  • You can list a DVD in less than one minute, especially if you are listing a bunch of DVDs at once.  Use a description like: ‘Complete DVD in case, with artwork. Light general wear to DVD. FAST 1st Class shipping, with tracking #. International orders welcome.’  Then all you have to do is find the DVD title’s sales page on Amazon.  Then, you copy and paste your description, with only quick modifications for condition differences in the DVDs.  I can list50 DVDs in about 15-20 minutes.
  • No listing fees (Much better than on eBay).  You do not pay a dime until your item sells.
  • You are given a $2.99 DVD shipping credit, which covers your shipping and packaging cost. Most DVDs should be shipped USPS 1st class mail.  It is about the same cost as Media Mail, usually less.  Your customers will get their DVDs in a couple days, instead of 7-10 days.
  • Describe the condition of the DVD surface, the case, and specify if the DVD has all of the interior artwork (booklet inside the DVD, and the back art).

How to Sell DVDs: eBay DVDs

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Making cash for DVDs can be faster on eBay than on Amazon.You can list eBay DVDs and sell them within 3 days, if you choose.  eBay also allows you to list media items for .05c for a 30 day fixed price listing.

More and more people are getting away from bidding on auctions on eBay and buying items through fixed price listings.  That way, they can have the item quicker.  You don’t have to wait for the auction to end several days later.

Learning how to sell DVDs on eBay is a snap.

  • eBay is good if you want a quick turnaround, or you want to sell a bunch of similar DVDs in one lot.
  • DVDs are easy to list as Fixed Price items.  You can either find your DVD title from the listing page, or find it in the active eBay listings and click on ‘Sell one Like This’.  That way, you use pre-filled details and a stock photo.  You just type in a short condition description.
  • Do your research.  Look through ‘Completed eBay Listings’ to see what genres of DVDs are selling well.

How to Sell DVDs:

SecondSpin is a website that gives you cash for used DVDs at set rates.  You just type in your UPC number or DVD title.  Their payout is displayed.

If you choose to sell, you ship them the DVDs that you have selected and they pay you via Paypal.

SecondSpin is a nice alternative to Amazon, if you want your money immediately.


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How to Sell DVDs
Any garage sale flipper or thrift store flipper should know about how to sell DVDs for profit. Learn what DVDs to buy and where to list them for max profits.
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