How to Make Money from Your Old DVDs

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 6.15.44 PMWhenever I’m getting rid of stuff, one of the first places I start is with my DVD collection. I purge anything I haven’t watched in the past 6 months that isn’t an old favorite – one of my weaknesses is a low-priced DVD with a familiar title, but when I purge my collection I find a bunch of newly wrapped DVDs still waiting to be played. With my latest DVD cleanout, I brought back about $50 through the sources listed below.


On the surface, eBay is the natural choice for selling used DVD, because when you search for a title the selling price is between $1.00 and $10.00, while many of the other sites will offer you far less. However, there are some things to remember about eBay.

First, you only get money if you sell the item – no brainer for the most part, but used DVDs are a dime a dozen on eBay and it’s likely that movies that are a couple of years old aren’t exactly in demand. You also have to account for listing fees, final value fees, and the cost of shipping materials, particularly because you have to package each sale individually.

For this most recent purge, I sold a couple of series box sets and some more recent, newly wrapped movies, but anything more than 2 years old was a bust. I would recommend eBay for popular titles or box sets only – otherwise you won’t make much money after the fees and cost of mailing items.

Amazon Trade-In

While the offer price is less than you might be able to get on eBay, you are more likely to “make the sale” on Amazon Trade-In, and the great part is that they let you know up front how much you can expect and if they are accepting the title.

I have found that Amazon has the highest payout of the DVD trade-in opportunities online (ranging from $0.30 – $2.00 depending on the title and condition) but is also the most selective about what titles they will accept.

Another major difference is that you only have to mail in one package, which saves on not only packing materials but time and effort as well (since packaging individual DVDs in bubble mailers is not exactly easy or cheap). You can print a prepaid label from Amazon to ship it, so no need to be worried about estimating shipping (which I never do correctly and usually lose money on from eBay).

Amazon accepted a lot of the titles I put in and offered me more for newly packaged DVDs than for used ones (of course), but also accepted ones with writing on the box or damaged cases. Amazon does accept DVDs that do not have the original cases but you will get less for it.


Decluttr has a similar process to Amazon Trade-In – you input the titles that you have, and they provide you with an estimate of how much you will receive. You need to enter the UPC in order to add the title to your cart, so you do need the original packaging in order to get anything for the DVD from this site. Decluttr has an app that makes it super easy to scan UPCs for each DVD and add them to your cart, instead of individually typing each one.

Decluttr took all of the titles that Amazon did not and offered me either $0.30 or $0.50 for each one. The also took CDs which I had a small number of lingering around (and they weren’t recent ones, I’m talking Usher’s “Confessions” and J.Lo’s “On the 6”).

Once your list is complete, you print out a prepaid label, box everything up, and drop off your package at the post office.

I got about $10 from Decluttr for 20 DVDs, meaning I averaged about $0.50 per DVD and ultimately got more for them than I would have by selling them individually on eBay and going to the trouble of mailing them.


While I didn’t used SecondSpin this time around, I have used them in the past – particularly when I got rid of almost all of my CDs about a year ago. SecondSpin works similarly to Decluttr and Amazon Trade-In, where you type in a list of titles and they give you an estimate of what they will offer you for it, between $0.05 and $2.00.

I got about $40 for my collection of about 60 CDs and DVDs. While I was satisfied with the payout and service last time, many of the titles I was getting rid of this time weren’t found in the database.


At the end of my cleaning spree, there were still a small number of DVDs that I couldn’t send to one of the four sites – mainly ones that didn’t have their original packaging (since Decluttr accepted every title I entered that I had a UPC for). These were ones that I donated to Goodwill to finish clearing out my collection!

A quick Google search of “what to do with unpackaged DVDs” showed me a number of craft projects or classroom games for elementary school kids – which says to me that there aren’t many people giving money for these.

What have you done with your used DVDs? Any great successes or failures?
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