Do you have a bunch of DVDs laying around that are just collecting dust and taking up space? Do you want to turn them into cash… which you can then use for your wildest desires? And do you want to do it online? Well… You can sell used DVDs online for cash and I'm going to show you 13 different ways to do this.
The goal here is to end up with less DVDs, more open space in your house, and more money of course.
The ONLY Way to Sell Them for Cash Directly
Before I get into it all, let's first talk about the definition of "cash", which is described as: money in coins or notes, as distinct from checks, money orders, or credit.
The point of me saying this is because a lot of people get confused about it. Cash is "money in coins or notes"… Meaning it must be physical. Cash is not PayPal payments, checks, direct deposits, etc.
Now if you want to sell your DVDs for cold hard cash, real cash, then your options are fairly limited because you will have to sell online locally, which means the market of buyers isn't nearly as big.
Other ways to sell your DVD's for PayPal cash, checks, direct deposit, and so on...
Since everyone pretty much considers PayPal cash, checks and direct deposits as 'cash' anyhow, I'll be throwing in ways to sell your DVDs for these different payment methods as well.
I guess it's really not that much different… I mean PayPal cash, direct deposits and checks can all be easily turned into cold hard cash. It just takes an extra step or two. You can always cash your checks, withdraw direct deposits for cash, or transfer PayPal money to the bank and then withdraw it.
13 Ways to Get Money for Those Dusty Old DVD's by Selling Them Online
Before getting into this, it is important to know that the DVDs you are selling must be in good condition, no scratches, chips, etc. You may be able to get away with selling junk DVDs locally, but obviously this is not recommended nor is it ethical.
For 'real' cash...
Craigslist is an extremely popular classified ads website that receives quite a bit of traffic from people looking to buy used things. You can sell/buy anything from cars to DVDs on this site.
Everything is free. Simply list what you are selling, upload some pictures, and wait for somebody to contact you.
Everyone knows about Facebook but not everyone knows about the local selling marketplace that they have. Like Craigslist, you can post items for sale here for free and arrange transactions with local buyers in your area for cash.
If you are going to use Facebook, make sure your profile is at least semi-filled out. If you have no profile picture and look like a ghost, people are not going to be willing to interact with you and buy from you.
There have been a lot of commercials and promotions for Letgo recently so maybe you heard of it. It is an app (also have a website) where you can "buy and sell used stuff", making transactions locally for cash if that is what you want.
Everything is 100% free here as well. The app is very well laid out and simple to use, making it a good choice with a lot of buyers.
4. Ebay (locally)
Now you may think of eBay as just a big online auction place where you would sell to some buyer anywhere in the world and then ship the item to them, but you can also sell locally, and if you do you can arrange for cash payments.
EBay is obviously one of the most popular "used stuff selling places" on earth, so it might be worth a try. And the good thing about selling locally is that you don't get hit with a sellers fee because the financial transaction is done in-person.
Classified Ads is the last place that I will go over of this sort. It definitely isn't the best for selling things like DVDs, and there are a lot of more popular platforms to sell on nowadays, such as those mentioned above which probably receive more traffic, but it still may be worth a try.
It's super plain... just upload a picture (or not) and write a short description about what you are selling.
*These local selling methods are only effective if you are selling a bunch of DVD's, maybe like a box or two of them. No one is going to drive around to pick up one DVD, or at least probably not.
For Paypal cash, direct deposit, checks...
With Decluttr you sell your DVDs directly to them. Basically how it works is that they buy old items and then resell them for profit, making them what you call a secondhand exchange. You can sell all sorts of things here, books, games, CDs, game consoles, old phones and more.
The process is pretty simple: You enter the barcode of the DVD's you are looking to sell… It will then automatically pull up the name of them and add them to your basket… Then you will be able to use their prepaid shipping label to send them in. You must however sell at least 10 DVDs and the total value must be worth at least $5. You are going to be able to sell just one or two DVDs here.
Reviews are mixed here.. If you look at the reviews on TrustPilot you will find a lot of good ones and also a lot of complaints.
- Must sell at least 10 DVD's at once and they must equal at least $5 total
- Free shipping
- Payments by PayPal, check, or direct deposit
This place is the same type of deal as Decluttr… You can sell your DVDs directly to them and then they will try to resell them at a markup. Just at this place, the focus is on CDs and DVDs alone.
The process of selling is pretty much the same… You can enter the barcode of your DVDs or search by the title and then choose the exact DVDs you are trying to sell. One of the differences here is that you will have to pay for shipping, but if your sale is worth at least $10 or if you are selling five or more items priced at $0.25 then they will reimburse you with 'credit', which goes towards purchasing other used items from them (might not be interested in this).
- Can sell any amount of items
- You pay shipping
- Payments via check, PayPal, or you can choose to get credit to use to buy other used DVD's
You can obviously tell by the name that this website is a place that you can sell your used books to, but they also accept DVDs. In fact, there was an older website called SellDVDsOnline.com that has partnered with them, so if you go to that site you will be redirected to the sellbackyourbook.com website.
The site doesn't really make any mention of being able to sell your DVDs, but you can enter the UPC number in where it asks for the books's ISBN number and it will give you a quote. Then you can print out a prepaid shipping label and you know how the rest of the process goes. The minimum sale amount is $7.50.
This place has a very good rating on Trustpilot but most of the reviews left are probably from people selling books, not DVDs.
- $7.50 sale minimum
- Free shipping
- Payments via PayPal or check
Here you can sell electronics, books, games, CDs, DVDs and more. The process is the same as most of the other sites of this nature… Enter a UPC, get a quote, print a shipping label that is prepaid and send it on in. They say they will pay you the same day that your shipment is received.
The minimum sale amount here is $10… So you will need a handful of DVDs to reach this threshold.
- Must sell at least $10 worth of items
- Free shipping
- Payments via PayPal or check
Eaglesaver has been around for a while and accepts books, CDs, DVDs and video games. I'm not going to go over the process because it is the same as the others, but I will say that they have an app you can download to easily scan UPC numbers. This is good because they have a minimum sale amount of $20, which means you are going to have to have a lot of DVDs to sell, which means you will have to scan (or type in) a bunch of UPC's.
They have a very good reviews on Trustpilot.
- $20 sale minimum
- Free shipping
- Payments via check or PayPal
11. Ebay (yes again)
Rather than selling locally, you can take full advantage of this massive marketplace and post your DVDs in front of people across the world for more exposure, and you will be able to get paid conveniently through PayPal. You will be able to sell in an auction format or you can set a fixed price, but I would recommend auction if you are looking to sell fast. Sell it, print off a shipping label, and send it off… Simple as that.
The good thing about eBay is that you can reach a lot of people and this is a decent option if you are looking to just sell one or two DVDs, but the downside is there is going to be a seller fee of 12%.
- 12% seller fee for DVD's
- You can choose who pays shipping
- Payments via PayPal
Mercari is similar to eBay but differs in some ways. Here you just sell your DVDs at a fixed price, there is no auction feature, which is a little bit of a bummer because it is hard to set a price on used to DVDs… Or at least set a price that people are willing to pay.
The process is simple… List the item with a good description and pictures and once it sells you will be able to print off a prepaid shipping label and send it to the buyer. They charge a slightly less fee than eBay does, but still high... 10%.
- Flat 10% seller fee
- You choose who pays shipping
- Payments via direct deposit
And then of course there is amazon.com. A lot of people don't know this, but you can sell your used items on Amazon, similar to the way you can on eBay. Have you ever been on Amazon looking at an item and underneath the Amazon sale price it says something like "19 used from $4.90" (just as an example)? This is because there are people selling that same item used on Amazon for lower prices, which is what you can do with your DVDs.
The upside is that Amazon is the most heavily trafficked e-commerce website in the world… But the downside is that the fees usually add up to around 15%, which still might be worth it however.
- Around 15% fees
- You can pay shipping or charge
- Payments via direct deposit
Lots of Options, But What to Chose?
When it comes to selling old DVDs you have a lot of options at your hand. Of course you have eBay and Amazon, which you can sell anything on, but you also have all of the secondhand exchanges that are willing to buy DVDs from you.
Which is the better choice? Well… This mostly depends on how much you are selling and how long you are willing to wait to make a sale. With places like eBay and Amazon you can sell single DVDs, one at a time, but you might have to wait a while for a buyer to come around. At all the secondhand exchanges that I mentioned above, like Decluttr and SecondSpin, you can get paid as soon as your shipment makes it to them and they approve.
You also probably have a little bit more potential to make decent money with places like eBay and Amazon, rather than the secondhand exchanges.
But don't get excited... because you probably won't make much.. Unfortunately online movie/TV show streaming services like Netflix have really devalued those DVDs that you might have thought would be worth more someday.
If interested in selling other stuff you have laying around the house to make some extra money, be sure to check out the decluttering section of this site.