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List of Old VHS Tapes Worth Money and Where to Sell Them!

Can you make money on old VHS tapes? Well, it turns out that the old VHS tapes you used to watch as a kid are worth quite a lot today. While VHS rental stores have completely disappeared from the streets, it seems the value of the old VHS tapes has risen.

Now that you may not even own a VHS player, you may be wondering how much the old VHS tapes can bring in. Well, it depends on the type of VHS tapes you have. Some will fetch a few pounds, while others go for thousands of pounds because they’re rare.

Want to learn how to make money from your old VHS tapes? Keep Reading!

Which VHS Tapes Are Valuable?

The rise of DVDs and Blu-rays led to the phasing out of VHS tapes. When streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and others came onto the scene, not only did they lead to the closure of the last VHS rental stores. But they also made Blu-rays and DVDs a little old-fashioned.

However, there is an upside for the millions of UK households that relegated the once-beloved VHS tapes. In fact, you could be sitting on a fortune in your living room cupboard or garage.

Old VHS tapes are part of a growing collection of technology collected by many people as antiques. Today, collectors refer to them as “antech.” Much like antiques, the rare the VHS tape, the more it’s worth.

For example, certain VHS copies of known titles such as “The Evil Dead” have recently been valued at £200. Old horror films are also very popular with collectors. For example, Basket Case, a horror film from 1982 recently sold for more than £30.

Here are the top 10 most valuable VHS tapes:

  • Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks – £1,500
  • The Beast in Heat – £1,200
  • Betrayed – £1,100
  • Celestine – £1,100
  • The Legend of Hillybilly John – £1,000
  • Journey Into Beyond – £1,000
  • Lemora, Lady Dracula – £900
  • Don’t Open The Window – £900
  • Flesh Eaters – £800
  • Black Decameron – £800

You can also make a lot of money from old Disney VHS movies especially if they are Black Diamond editions. Look for editions with the phrase “The Classics” on the spine of the tape’s clamshell case.

Here are a few of Disney’s old VHS tapes – Black Diamond Edition – that sold on eBay.

  • Aladdin (Black Diamond Edition) – £316
  • The Jungle Book (Black Diamond Edition) – £80
  • Sleeping Beauty (Black Diamond Edition) – £65
  • Dumbo (Black Diamond Edition) – £60
  • Cinderella (Black Diamond Edition) – £39.99
  • The Rescuers (Black Diamond Edition) – £24.96
  • Bambi (Black Diamond Edition) – £23.99
  • Alice in Wonderland (Black Diamond Edition) – £22.50
  • Beauty and the Beast (Black Diamond Edition) – £20
  • 101 Dalmatians (Black Diamond Edition ) – £15

You also have old horror films that will fetch tens or even hundreds of pounds.

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1980) – £199
  • Killer Klowns from Outerspace (1988) – £96
  • The Shining (1980) – £50
  • Friday the 13th (1980) – £39.99
  • Intruder (1989) – £34.99

Collectors are also looking for particular editions, such as the Director’s Cut of Alien (2004) on VHS, which sold for £50.

Where to Sell Your Old VHS Tapes

Amazon…

Start selling on Amazon and reach millions of customers in the UK. Like eBay, it’s easy to get started. Simply visit the Amazon website and sign up for a free account. Select a plan – Individuals or Professional. For both plans, Amazon collects a referral fee on every sale.

Add your products by selecting the correct product category then add product details, photos and price. Every time a customer buys one of your old VHS tapes, Amazon will fulfil the order, and you get paid.

eBay UK…

Sell your old VHS tapes on eBay. To get started, visit the eBay UK website and on the top right corner of the webpage, click “Register.” Fill in your details and create your account. Next, list your old VHS tapes.

To sell your VHS tapes fast, write a standout title. Include keywords or search terms that buyers use. Avoid using all caps in your titles. Upload high-quality photos of your old VHS tapes. If using the eBay app, you can clean up the images and even add a white background. Finally, pick a purchase format, set the price and wait for buyers to make orders.

Car Boot Sales

In the UK, you’ll never be far away from a car boot sale or vintage market. At the next market, set up your stall, and you’ll meet lots of people, including collectors looking for old VHS tapes. For their love of collectibles, they will take your old collection of VHS tapes and pay you.

How to Store Your Old VHS Tapes

As you’ve learned, old VHS tapes are extremely valuable especially if you have got rare titles. So, to ensure no damage comes to your VHS tapes, keep them out of the sun. We recommend that you store them in a cool and dry place before you find a buyer.

Extreme heat and cold degrade VHS tapes quickly. Store your VHS tapes vertically. This cuts down on the risk of cracking and warping. Also, store them away from anything that creates a magnetic field. For example, store them away from surge protectors, and loudspeakers.

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