I’ve been selling DVDs online for the last five years. During this time I’ve tried several different websites, but it ultimately depends on what your objective is. Do you want to wait it out and make the most money? Or is time a factor and you just need fast cash. Do you have 1000’s of DVDs to sell and you’re thinking about starting a part time business? Or do you have a small collection and you just want to sell it and move on with your life. I’ve listed the pros and cons of three places to sell DVDs: Amazon, eBay, and Buyback sites.
Amazon is by far the best place to sell DVDs if you’re looking to get the most money. Surprisingly, Amazon is still a relatively unknown place to sell stuff. When I tell people that I sell online, they automatically assume eBay. However, Amazon is getting more and more popular and inventive. In 2007, Amazon launched a new service called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). This program allows sellers to ship all their DVDs (or other inventory) to Amazon in bulk. Amazon will then store the items, ship to the customer, and provide customer service for you. This has been a game changer for many sellers, since they no longer have to handle the inventory themselves.
The upside of Amazon is that DVDs usually sell at higher prices compared to eBay. Plus, it is free to list products on Amazon’s marketplace. However, there is a long learning curve. It takes time to learn how to list, price, and re-price items. You also have to set up a bank account and give your credit/debit card number to set up an Amazon account.
eBay has been around a long time, so I’m not going to go into much detail about it. I personally like to use their auctions and sell my cheaper leftover DVDs in bulk. I’ll just take a picture of 100 DVDs and start a 10 day auction for 99 cents. When the auction is over, I usually get about 50 cents for each DVD. This is my last resort before donating them.
One advantage of eBay is that they have fixed price listings and auctions. You also get paid faster since the money is directly deposited in your PayPal account. If you have a PayPal debit card, you can access the money instantly! The downside of eBay is lack of traffic and the lower prices per sale for each DVD. You also have to pay to list items.
Buyback sites will buy your DVDs immediately. You just need to type in the UPC number or title of each DVD, and you get a price quote for each one. Send the DVDs in the mail and you usually get paid within 1-2 weeks via PayPal or check. It is important to know that these sites are essentially middlemen, and they resell the DVDs on Amazon.
One of the many advantages of selling this way is that you don’t have to wait for the DVD to sell on a marketplace. You sell them immediately and you get paid relatively quickly. There is also no large investment of time or knowledge. The only disadvantage is that you don’t get paid as much as you would on Amazon.
In conclusion, Amazon is the best place to sell DVDs if you plan on selling consistently for the next few years. eBay is good for auctioning off your DVDs as a last resort before donating them. Buyback sites are the easiest way to sell DVDs if you are just interested in selling your collection – and then moving on with your life.