As the saying goes, old is gold, but that’s not always the case for everything that has seen better days. While some things become obsolete, your Disney VHS tapes collection could be a gold mine. Millennials appreciate VHS tapes because it was the only way they could enjoy a movie. If you’re among those who are decluttering and want to throw away their tapes thinking they’re no longer valuable, hold on to them just a little while longer.
Discovering the Value in Your Disney VHS Tapes
Before you go rushing to post your tapes on eBay hoping to make some quick cash, there are a few things you should know about the kind of VHS tapes buyers are willing to spend their money on. The first thing you should note is that the high prices being mentioned on eBay are for the Black Diamond collection released between 1984 and 1993 by Disney. The Black Diamond Collection has 18 movies that include “Cinderella,” “Bambi,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and many more. Spotting a film belonging to the Black Diamond collection is easy; they have the “Classics” logo on the upper part of the spine and surrounding the logo is a black diamond symbol. Further, you should pay special attention to “The Little Mermaid” because unless you have the original tape, chances of making a killing on eBay are going to be small.
In the original VHS tape of “The Little Mermaid,” the golden castle had tall cylindrical spires, and one of the spires on the golden castle is paying tribute to the male genital area with an undisputable golden penis. This cover art remained in circulation for a year before Disney decided to change it, and while the offensive art is something we all would avoid for the sake of our children, you should go looking for the movie with this particular banned art because it is worth more than the ones that replaced it.
How Much Can You Expect to Earn?
On eBay, the Black Diamond collection is rumored to be going for £14,000, although Pedestrian has reported it to have a price tag of £25,476. What if you have only a few of the original Disney VHS tapes? Not to worry because even having just one is enough to make you a small fortune; an original “Beauty and The Beast” is going for £7,000 while “The Little Mermaid,” the one with the banned cover art, is worth at least £7,500.
The weird thing is that the prices of these Disney VHS tapes were not always worth mentioning until one article began the hype around them, causing the prices to hike. It is hard to believe that before that craze began “The Little Mermaid” was going for only $100, and now it has gone up by more than a hundred times. Others like “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Jungle Book,” and “Robin Hood” were being sold for less than $50.
Will You Get Thousands of Dollars for Your Tapes?
Asking for something and getting it are two very different scenarios, but dreams are valid. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and ask yourself if you would be willing to part with your hard-earned cash in exchange for several movies, which we dare say you can watch on YouTube or other formats. That said, posting on eBay that your collection is worth thousands of dollars and expecting lots of buyers to be interested is nothing but a dream. However, there could be that one fanatic viewer who is into the classics and will do anything to lay their hands on that Black Diamond collection, so start dusting away; you never know what luck and dollars await you.
Will the Disney VHS Tapes Be Worth Thousands Forever?
We are not psychic, but a little study of the market will tell you that nothing lasts forever. Just like the hype around the movies started and the prices shot up, all it takes is another rumor about them not being so valuable, and they will go back to the realistic prices we would not mind paying for in exchange for our own classics.
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