I’ve been on a decluttering kick lately – just ask my husband. Our older technology like CDs and tablets is leaving our house at record speed. I never was a big hoarder of entertainment, but I have been on the lookout for the best places to sell DVDs.
So much of our media consumption is now available via streaming services or digital downloads, leaving actual physical products in the dust. Why keep a DVD when you can just download the movie to your TV or mobile device and just access it with the click of a button?
However, I know that many people – especially those of us that are a little more “old school” – still use DVDs…and they’re looking for a deal. So, don’t just throw those DVDs in the trash – see if you can get some cash for them!
Best Places to Sell DVDs
Here are the best places to sell DVDs, whether you’re looking to unload them online or you prefer to sell locally to your neighbors. Don’t worry – someone will take them off your hands!
Bonavendi isn’t actually a place to sell DVDs, but it will help you find the best places to sell DVDs. This resource is a price comparison website for used items. It compiles the catalogs of more than 30 vendor websites for buying and selling used items.
Besides selling your old DVDs and Blu-rays, you can also search Bonavendi to find the best places to sell your used books (including textbooks), CDs, and video games.
To get started, just enter the barcode, EAN, or title of the DVD(s) you’re looking to sell. Bonavendi will compare prices for your item and get a result back to you within seconds. And if you have a lot of items to sell or buy, it will keep track of them and help you come up with the best place to sell your collection.
Bonavendi even has a free app for iPhone or Android. Use the app to scan the barcodes of the DVDs you’re looking to sell to quickly get the best price for your used items.
And you’re probably not looking to clutter your space back up, but if you are, you can also search Bonavendi’s catalog to find items to buy. Buying used is a great way to save money and help the environment!
Decluttr is one of the best places to sell DVDs and other tech. Besides DVDs and Blu-rays, you can also sell your phone, CDs, books, other tech, games, consoles, and even LEGO bricks.
It’s completely free to sell to Decluttr, with free shipping on all orders. They also promise next-day payments once they receive your items. Get paid via PayPal, direct deposit, or check. You can also choose to donate your payment to charity.
You’ll enter your DVDs’ barcodes to see how much you’ll get for them. Decluttr also has a free app that turns your phone’s camera into a barcode scanner so you don’t need to enter everything by hand.
Once you have at least 10 media items or 1 tech item and a total order value of at least $5, you’ll be able to check out. Package and ship your items to Decluttr (they send you a mailing label). You’ll get a quick payment once your items are received. All of your items are fully insured during transit.
Now, you won’t make a ton of money selling to Decluttr, especially if your DVDs aren’t super rare or collectible. Still, it’s a good way to get rid of a lot of DVDs relatively quickly and painlessly.
3. Sell DVDs Online
Sell DVDs Online is a pretty self-explanatory name for a website. It’s one of the best places to sell DVDs online, and they’ll also buy your used CDs and video games.
Note that your items must be in good or better condition, have a UPC, and have a demonstrated demand in the used item market. Be sure that your items meet their condition requirements because they will not be returned if they don’t.
Enter the UPC (Universal Product Code) of your DVDs to get an instant price quote. Once your buyback order is large enough (at least $7.50), you’ll be able to check out and print a free shipping label.
After Sell DVDs Online receives your items, you’ll get paid via check or PayPal within three business days.
It doesn’t look like they have an app that makes scanning barcodes easy, but you may be able to find a better price for your items here than elsewhere. They’ve bought from over 200,000 customers all across the United States.
EagleSaver.com is another online buyback site that is one of the best places to sell DVDs. There are no fees for selling, and you’ll be able to ship your items to them for free, as well.
Besides your DVDs and Blu-rays, you can also sell EagleSaver.com your used books, CDs, and games. They have a free scanner app to help you input your items quickly, or you can just type in the barcodes on their website.
EagleSaver.com has a special note that TV collections on DVD do particularly well, so if you have some of those, this would be a great place to start.
There are disc condition requirements: namely, your DVDs can not have any medium or heavy scratches or skip in any section. They also need to have the complete front and back cover artwork. You cannot sell items that are ex-rental or ex-library copies, either.
Once they receive your items, your order will be processed within 24 hours. If any of your items do not meet their minimum condition standards, they will ship them back to you free of charge. You’ll receive payment via check or PayPal.
eBay is probably the first place you thought of as one of the best places to sell DVDs. And it really is…if you think people want large chunks of your collection or you have rare and/or more valuable DVDs.
You probably already know how to sell on eBay, but if you don’t, here’s a quick primer:
- List your item for free. Describe the product, upload pictures, and set terms for the auction (starting bid, shipping fees, length time, etc.). You can also set a “Buy It Now” price.
- Sit back and let people bid on your item.
- Ship the item to the winner of your auction.
- After your item sells, eBay will take a cut of what you get. Current fees for DVDs are 12% of the final value and the first 200 listings per month free.
Since eBay takes a large chunk of your final selling price, this option is probably best reserved if you have a large collection of DVDs that are in high demand.
Here’s a tip: do a search for what you want to sell, then click the “Completed Items” and/or “Sold Items” box on the left side of the page to see what people actually paid recently. Sure, you may love your collection of “Happy Days” DVDs, but if no one’s buying them on eBay, it’s probably not worth your time to list them there.
Still, some people are pretty old school and may be looking to snatch up your DVD collection on eBay. Hey, my husband recently bought a collection of 100 (!) CDs on eBay, so maybe a technophobe like him will be your buyer.
Truth be told, Amazon is actually not a great place to sell your DVDs unless you have higher-ticket items like boxed sets or rare collectibles. The reason? The fees.
Amazon’s fees start at $0.99 per unit sold when you become an individual seller. This is the option to choose if you plan to sell fewer than 40 units a month. Otherwise, you’ll want to opt for the professional plan which is $39.99/month and comes with other perks.
After the $0.99 per unit fee, you’ll also have to pay item fees. The current fee for DVDs is 15%, plus a $1.80 closing fee. So, your item would need to sell for $3.29 for you to at least break even with the fees.
I don’t mean to be super negative about Amazon – but it is important to be realistic about how much you’ll actually make selling your DVDs through this particular avenue. There are plenty of perks to selling on Amazon: for one, Amazon has a lot of buyers. Also, it’s relatively easy to manage your inventory and set prices in your account.
So don’t write off Amazon altogether…but before you get started, do a quick search to see how much other people are selling the DVDs for that you are also looking to sell to be sure it’s worth your time and effort.
7. Used Bookstores
Used bookstores are my second favorite place to get new media, right behind the library, of course. And the primary way they get material to sell is through buying books and DVDs from people like you!
To get started, search on the internet for something like “used bookstores near me that buy DVDs” or “used bookstores near me that buy movies”. That should give you a starting list to work from.
One used bookstore I know of with locations across the country is Half Price Books. To sell your materials to Half Price Books, just bring it to the Buy Counter of your local store. Wait for the person behind the counter to evaluate your items and give you a cash offer. You can either accept or reject the offer, then take the cash (and yes, it’s cash, not store credit.)
Half Price Books accepts DVDs and Blu-rays in their original packaging. You must go to a physical location to receive an offer on your items; they won’t give a quote over the phone or on their website. Keep in mind that they will consider the condition of the item as well as whether or not there’s a demand for it.
Note that this is just the policy for one used bookstore – your local used bookstore may have a different process and/or give you more for your DVDs if you choose to get store credit instead of cash.
FYE is an online and brick-and-mortar retailer of new and used DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, and more. They used to have a sister site, SecondSpin, that closed in April 2020. SecondSpin accepted online sales of used items, but FYE doesn’t.
However, you can still bring in your used DVDs to most of their store locations. They have locations in 41 states, so there’s a good chance there’s one near you. They do recommend calling your desired location ahead of time to verify they accept used items and to arrange the best time to come in.
As with any of these places, you’ll want to make sure your DVDs are in good condition and in a case with original artwork and packaging. They also reportedly will give you more in store credit than they would in cash.
9. Music Stores
Many music stores that sell new and used products will also buy your DVDs. There aren’t really any national chains of used music stores, so you’ll want to search for something like “music stores near me that buy DVDs” to find a place to try.
Those in metro areas may have even more luck with this. I actually found two local chains in my metro area (Minneapolis) that will buy your used DVDs – Cheapo and Down in the Valley. Your DVDs will most likely need to have the original cases and artwork and be scratch-free.
Depending on the store, you may get more if you opt for store credit vs. cash. You’ll probably want to call ahead before you stop in to see if it’s a good time to sell, especially if you have a lot of items.
10. Consignment Stores
One last physical location of the best places to sell DVDs is consignment stores. Do a quick search for “consignment stores near me that buy DVDs” to find some in your area.
When you bring in items to a place that sells used items, it’s important to note the distinction between resale and consignment. If a store is a resale store, they’ll just buy your items outright and you leave the store with cash. With a consignment store, you’ll be paid a percentage once your items actually sell.
If you’d rather just skip the hassle of packaging and shipping items or bringing them to a store, then good old Craigslist is a no-frills option for selling your DVDs.
I just did a quick search on my local Craigslist page and found several DVD collections of interest, including a set of 17 Barbie DVDs for just $10 that my girls would love for road trips. So yes, people still use Craigslist to buy and sell items!
It’s extremely easy to list items on Craigslist – just upload a few photos and a description, then post your listing and wait for interested parties to contact you. It’s all 100% free. And just a tip that you’ve probably already heard: it may be best to meet up at a public location, just to be on the safe side.
One plus of selling on Craigslist is that the people who use Craigslist tend to skew a little older, so they may be more interested in buying your used DVDs than the young’uns who don’t use Craigslist anymore.
12. Facebook Marketplace
Similar to Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace is one of the best places to sell DVDs because it’s easy, low-hassle, and in-person. Oh, and it’s free.
Facebook Marketplace is a little easier to navigate than Craigslist, but you will (obviously) need to have a Facebook account to list your items and communicate with buyers.
Create your listing by uploading photos and adding a description, then set your price. Buyers will communicate with you via Facebook Messenger.
If you so choose, you can list your DVDs with shipping and checkout to attract a wider range of buyers. The downside of this option is that Facebook takes a selling fee of 5% ($0.40 minimum) per order. Still, this beats eBay’s fee and may be a worthwhile option if you have an in-demand collection of DVDs.
Facebook Marketplace has definitely grown in popularity and usage, but you may also want to list your DVDs in a local buy/sell group on Facebook. Just search “[your city] buy/sell group” or “[your city] garage sale site” on Facebook to find and join a group or two in your area.
OfferUp takes the simplicity of Craigslist and combines it with the functionality of Facebook Marketplace in one simple app and website.
Just use the app to take a picture of your item, add a description, and list it at a price of your choosing. Buyers can message you securely through the app to communicate, negotiate, and set up a time to meet.
One perk I see with OfferUp is that you don’t need to have a Facebook account to use it. You will still have an account with ratings, badges, and transaction history. Don’t be afraid of this – your buyers just want to know that you’re legit.
Like Facebook Marketplace, you can list your items to be sold locally or with an option to ship. However, you may encounter service fees or shipping costs if you go that route. Buying and selling locally is completely free.
Technology is constantly changing, and you may find that you no longer need your DVDs. But thankfully there are still plenty of people out there that still want and use DVDs and Blu-rays to watch their favorite movies and television shows. With a little effort, you can get some cash by selling your DVDs online or in-person. Try a few of these methods to find what works best for you.
Have you unloaded your collection with any of these best places to sell DVDs? Please comment below to share your experience!
Laura Wales is a personal finance writer who has written for over 11 years. She has written for The Coupon Project, Pocket Your Dollars, and more.