How to Price Used DVDs
By Alan Donahue
Updated September 22, 2017
Buying and selling used DVDs can come at a lot less than purchasing new ones. With movie rental chains falling off the map, it has become harder to find a general price guideline for used titles. With a little research you can price any DVD you have and see a good selling point or an average buying price for a title you are seeking.
Find the release date of your DVD. Search online to find out when the DVD was released. For movies, the newer the DVD, the more it will be worth.
Check if a newer version of your DVD exists. For example, the Disney movie "Sword in the Stone" has two releases, a standard release and the Anniversary Edition DVD. The newer Anniversary Edition DVD will be worth more than a standard disc.
Compare it to used DVDs on Amazon. On a regular sale listing, you can look at the "Used Options." Go past the lowest and scroll down until you see a majority of prices around the same range. This is the basic value of your DVD.
Value the condition of your DVD. Take into account such factors as if it is still shrink wrapped, is in perfect condition or if it came with any bonuses like mini-figures or t-shirts. All of these can raise or lower the price.
Include any rare extras that may increase the DVD's value. For example, a wrestling DVD with a wrestler's autograph on it will increase the value. A store exclusive can also help increase the value from a standard edition.
See what others are paying for the DVD on online auction sites. Search the DVD title and instead of seeing current auctions, view the most recently ended auctions. Those prices will indicate a clear value of the DVD you own.
Prices constantly change depending on what the people demand and want. Keep checking the various stores for price increases or decreases on DVDs.
Instead of selling DVDs for a fraction of the price, it may be a better investment to save the movie and pass down to other family members in the future. You will almost always end up paying more for another copy of a movie than what you received to sell it.
Alan Donahue started writing professionally in 2003. He has been published in the Norwich Free Academy "Red & White," UNLV's "Rebel Yell" and on various websites. He is an expert on wrestling, movies and television. He placed second in the NFO Screenwriting Contest and received filmmaking awards from Manchester Community College and Norwich Free Academy. He currently attends Academy of Art University.