VHS tapes rose in popularity in the 1980s after the demise of Beta tapes in the consumer market. DVDs took over the entertainment market after VHS because they offered more features and a better picture. Because many people took pride in their extensive VHS collections, the market has been inundated with old tapes. Go through your old collection and make a pile of tapes that still work and another pile of damaged tapes. Slip on any jackets that your VHS tapes may have come to prepare to get rid of them.
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Things you need
- Folding table
Take pictures of your VHS collection to put up on an online auctioning Website like amazon.com or ebay.com. Write a brief description of the collection's titles. Figure out how much it would take to ship the collection by taking it down to the post office and having it weighed. Indicate on your site how much the shipping and handling will cost the buyer.
Post an ad on a community Website like craigslist.com. There will be a section for selling electronics where you can feature your collection. Use a picture of your collection and write a detailed description. Buyers are more inclined to purchase items online when pictures and descriptions are included. Include your phone number and check your e-mail frequently.
Host a garage sale. Create flyers to put in your neighbourhood. Showcase your collection by placing the tapes in bookcases or on a folding table. You can separate you collection by hit movies and lesser-known films. Price your items higher in the early morning when there is a larger garage sale buzz. Lower them according to how willing you are to part with your collection.
Visit your local pawn shop. Some pawn shops will buy VHS tapes at a low price to sell. Make sure you bring proper identification, such as a driver's license or passport.
Give your VHS collection to charity. Many charities have thrift stores that sell items to benefit the non-profit organisation. Place your collection in a bag and take it to one of the charity's drop-off centres.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that your VHS tapes work by playing each one and examining the tape before selling it on online.
- When selling anything online, monitor your e-mail account because otherwise you might miss a potential buyer.
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