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What To Do With Your Old Disney VHS Tapes

Disney movies are a treasured part of many people’s childhoods. If you have an old collection of VHS Disney movies lying around and are looking for ways to make some money from them, there are a few great options available.

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Whether you have an extra copy of The Little Mermaid, Robin Hood, or The Jungle Book, home videos are a unique piece of collectible nostalgia.

Here is the scoop on what to do with old VHS Disney movies!

Resale Options

One option is to list your Disney VHS tapes on sites like eBay or Facebook Marketplace, where they may be able to fetch a decent price. You may also want to consider listing your tapes at a local thrift store or flea market, as these can be a great place to find potential buyers who are on the lookout for vintage Disney collections.

One thing to keep in mind is that valuable VHS tapes are few and far between. According to Baruch Labunski, a CEO at Rank Secure, “Most VHS tapes aren’t worth that much money and will sell for only a few dollars.”

Along those same lines, Jake Rossen in a recent article from Mental Floss reports that instead of Disney movies, valuable VHS tapes are, “VHS aficionados are more likely to plop down cash for obscure horror, kids’ content, and genre material that either never got a DVD release or pushes their nostalgia buttons.”

However, a huge Disney fan may want to purchase an original series of VHS tapes like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for some real money.

The Most Valuable Disney VHS Tapes

If you are looking to make the biggest profit from your Disney VHS movies, there are a few titles that may be worth considering.

The Black Diamond Collection is one such collection that is highly sought after by Disney fans and collectors. These black diamond tapes are Disney VHS movies that have the original cover art and the Walt Disney classics logo in the shape of a black diamond on the spine of the VHS case.

The diamond is located at the upper spine of the case of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment VHS tapes.

Some sellers believe that if you have a stack of old VHS tapes that is the black diamond version of each film with the black diamond logo, they will fetch a pretty penny on the resale market.


Another option for what to do with your old Disney VHS tapes is to take them to auction. One reputable auction house that specializes in vintage Disney VHS tapes is Heritage Auctions. They are a Dallas-based auction house with the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer.

They have lots of Disney movies and regularly host auctions for rare and valuable titles. If you have a large collection of Disney VHS tapes that are in good condition, the auction world

may be a great way to make some money and also pass on these beloved classics to a new generation of eager Disney fans.

VHS Players and Tapes

Another option is to invest in a VHS player (or a newer digital media player that can play VHS tapes) and start watching your old Disney movies again. It is easy to find VHS tapes like Star Wars, The Great Mouse Detective, or other cult classics like The Blues Brothers at garage sales and thrift stores.

This is a great way to relive some of your childhood favorites, and it can also be a fun family activity to do together with your kids or grandkids.

How to Keep VHS Tapes

Some of the best ways to keep and store your VHS tapes is in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. If you want to keep your Disney VHS collection in good condition for years to come, you may want to consider investing in a special storage unit for your tapes that is specifically designed for media storage.

This will protect them from magnetic field damage as well as water damage in the long run rather than a limited time. It is also the best way to keep your video tapes in mint condition, especially if they are the Disney black diamond edition.

Keeping your tapes in a special Disney vault is one of the best places to do so because it will increase the likelihood of getting a high price for your available titles. Proper storage is a good idea and the best bet to help you make the most money either reselling at your local store or to a lot of people online.

Things to Remember

A final piece of advice is to look at how valuable selling VHS tapes will be to you. It takes a great deal of effort to purchase enough tapes and acquire a rare collection. You will want to make sure you are making the best buy for yourself.

Make sure to look at the listing price or asking price of other VHS tapes. Some listings will have outrageous price tags even though they are not valuable, so you should look at the sold listings to see what the old tapes of Disney movies are actually selling for.

It also takes time and space to store videotapes, and list VHS tapes on resale sites. If that seems like something worthwhile to you, make those eBay listings or head to your local pawn shops or video stores to sell your collections of vintage Disney VHS tapes.

Many people do not have VCRs or videocassette recorders to play their grandchildren’s beloved Disney tapes, so it is not uncommon for people to not find Disney tapes worth keeping.

This can benefit resellers who will not have to spend a lot of money at a yard sale to collect a large number of rare Disney VHS tapes.

Final Thoughts

Whatever route you decide to take, remember to do your own research and use your best judgement when choosing what to do with your old Disney VHS tapes. The first things to consider are if owning or selling VHS tapes is something that you want to invest your time and money in.

The good news is that certain VHS cassette tapes are worth money, maybe even a small fortune. Whatever you choose to do with your old Disney VHS movies, it is sure to be a fun and nostalgic experience either way.

So what are you waiting for? Start digging through those old boxes of VHS tapes and get ready to cash in on your collection! Good luck!

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