If you’ve stashed away your Disney DVDs and Blu-Rays you could be cashing in – whether its out of print covers or limited editions. Could you have a fortune in your cupboard?
It wasn’t so long ago that we were all hunting through our old VHS collections trying to work out if there was anything in there worth selling on.
Now it’s the turn of the DVDs, specifically the Disney ones. Whether you’ve got them hidden away or proudly on display it’s worth taking a look back to see if you have very specific ones – because if you do you could be sitting on a small fortune.
Sellers on eBay are flogging their old editions with many securing tidy sums.
Prices vary wildly with some earning hundreds of pounds while others are asking for thousands.
The main draw are old editions, ones out of stock, and then the ones with special features. Due to Disney’s strict release schedule many films are out of circulation, or an early DVD is no longer available.
The demand results in eBay sellers asking for high amounts for classics and the DVD you paid a mere £10-15 can reach up to £300.
Some of the Walt Disney Treasures collection are being sold for hundreds with sellers asking for anything up to £300. Whole collections are drawing in bigger deals.
If you’re a Disney hoarder it may be time to get those DVDs out of storage and see if you can make some cash.
Here are a few raking in the cash – and what to look for.
If you have your VHS tapes you could be sitting on some money too – scroll down.
Walt Disney Treasures, Donald Duck Vol 3 (2007)
Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (2009)
A later DVD addition, the special edition Disney Sleeping Beauty set – in the book – is going for double its retail price at £35.
It hadn’t been used before, which is partly the reason for the cost.
Walt Disney Collection – Disney and Pixar 64 bundle including the classics
The collection includes the popular classics, Mary Poppins, Snow White and the Little Mermaid.
With the popular 90s classics included – the harder to find ones – it makes it more valuable for a collector.
Some of these are used though the seller says they’re in a “good condition”.
The collection sold for £117 on eBay. For anyone looking to get rid of their old DVDs this may give you a bit of hope that you could get a nice sum for them.
Disney O-Ring Collection 44 DVDS
This is the O-Ring slip cover collection, this set is brand news and fetched £200 on eBay.
The O-ring is a decorative sleeve that slips off, they’re used with collector editions mostly.
The collection included a rare Frozen sing-a-long.
Disney Pixar Steelbook Blu-Ray Collection (Rare) 81 Steelbooks
Walt Disney Treasures Collection
The ten Walt Disney Treasures DVDs – a full set drums up more money, though as seen below individual collector sets also reach a fair price too.
Walt Disney Treasures, Donald Duck Vol 4 (2008)
This one is hard to come by as only 39,500 copies were made.
Walt Disney Treasures, Silly Symphonies (2001)
The Silly Symphonies were part of a series of cartoons – the DVD was released in 2001. At the time only 150,000 sets were released, making it a rare collection.
The DVD had it original tin casting and litograph and sold for £127 last December.
Walt Disney Treasures, Zorro, First and Second season (2009)
The special collection has the old TV series from 1957-1959. One of the DVDs hasn’t been opened, but the other has minor scratches and it’s still on to fetch a few hundred pounds. This is mainly down to it’s rarity.
You may also want to check your VHS Disney films.
The Little Mermaid Original recalled VHS
The classic Little Mermaid video with the ‘banned art work’ is selling for £2,000 on eBay. The ‘banned’ cover accidentally included a phallic symbol in the palace behind Ariel and Eric. While it was a mistake the VHS was recalled meaning it’s very rare.
What to do if you have old Disney DVDs?
Check other sellers to compare prices
- Take a look at eBay or other auction sites to look at prices and condition of other similar DVDs
- Check condition, was it authentic? Do you have the packagaing? Did it have special features?
- If you know it’s mint condition try a collectors’ website
- If you know it’s damaged, be honest, and sell it on eBay
- Aim to sell the ones that are now out-of-stock, older or in special covers – they get the most