How much are your Blu-rays worth?

Valuation and selling advice website, Flipsy, has once again produced a compelling article concerning the value of movie software, but this time for Blu-ray discs. Even though the launch of the hi-def silver platter just doesn’t seem that long ago, already there are certain titles and editions commanding extraordinary prices, sometimes pushing the $500 mark.

For example, Arrow’s Hellraiser Scarlet box set is worth hundreds of dollars. A Steelbook edition of Friday the 13th might also fetch $300, and there are quite a number of Criterion Blu-rays starting to grab collectors’ attention. As our readers here will be aware, a lot of titles from the independent distributors are only released as limited editions, so often the secondary market is the only way to locate certain movies.

As might be expected, and according to the article, condition of a disc is a major factor, with unopened and never-played discs realizing better returns. Collectors are also typically looking for all original included materials, such as booklets and o-cards (open-ended slip covers).

Flipsy says it has interviewed a number of top experts to find out how much Blu-Ray discs are worth, how to find the value of any Blu-Ray, and also gives advice where to sell them. Seems like a pretty good resource for hobbyists, collectors and film lovers who want to know the value of their Blu-Rays or are thinking about cashing in.

You can check out the full article here

If any of you have some of the more obscure titles mentioned in the Flipsy link, or have BDs that have made you more cash than the included examples, please let us know in the comments below.

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14 Comments

  1. I have The Third Man Criterion Blu-ray – mentioned in the article – that I found at my local FYE a few years ago for about $25. I have no intention of selling it, just in case anyone was wondering.

  2. Two Blu’s that I own that seem to have gained value are WIZARDS (digibook), VINCENT PRICE COLLECTION VOLUME ONE. The actual redeemable value for these is, of course, dependent upon which site you go to (Amazon, eBay, etc.), and whether there are any serious bidders for them at that moment.

  3. I have several of the titles listed as I’m sure most other folks here do and no intention of selling them.

    The top two are the Hellraiser set (unwrapped) and The Third Man (Criterion). The latter is amongst my absolute favorite films of all time although I watch the Region B release most frequently as it’s a better visual presentation than Criterion in my eyes – it’s from a 4K restoration.

    When I had to sell some a while back it was obvious that I wasn’t going to make my fortune from this even though that is not why I collect!

    Regards

  4. I have quite a few of those listed as rare (all the OOP Criterions, Friday the 13th Steelbook Collection, the Arrow Donnie Darko and Scarlet Boxset, Wizards Digibook. VP Vol 1, the OOP Twilight Time) — but who treats their Criterions that way? Were they scrubbing the Bathtub with the covers or what?

    I didn;t realize the Wizards item was considered rare.

    Most of them on the list don;t surprise me, but why does the RE:Afterlife Item sell for $100+. It looks to be a price mistake or something else is going on. It looks to be a simple Canadian Bilingual item — not a Special Edition or a Steelbook. The item by UPC isn’t particularly valuable at all. I see a bunch of brand new copies for $5. I’m not even sure it’s OOP

  5. Ultimately, stuff is worth what someone is willing to pay for them. What I’ve learned from recent disc sales I’ve made both here and elsewhere is that once the shrink wrap is off (or even when it’s not) most of this stuff has minimal resale value most of the time. Even out of print titles from specialty labels like Twilight Time. Unless you’re willing to list something at a high price and hold on to the item and maintain the listing indefinitely, there just isn’t a hugely active market for this stuff and I get it. You can ask for $50 for something on eBay but that doesn’t mean you’ll get it. And I understand that too. If you’re looking to see a movie and the disc is out of print but the movie itself is available for free on a subscription service or on iTunes for a cheap rental or purchase, what incentive is there for most people to overpay for the disc?

  6. My collection includes many excellent titles several of which are Region "B", but in the end they are only worth what someone would pay for them. As time goes by some titles become extinct, out of print, making everyone's collection more valuable.

  7. Nothing too valuable in my collection, the TT, Criterion, and other smaller niche titles are probably low to mid range double digits. I do have the US release of Never Say Never Again which seems to drive a respectable price on ebay although whether anyone is buying them for that much I don't know.

  8. I got the Third Man Criterion as well, but the case (back when Criterion was doing cardboard Digipacks for the BDs) arrived damaged and I never got around to requesting a replacement or requesting an insert from Criterion when they transitioned to plastic keepcases. Eventually, I asked Fritz Nilsen to recreate the cover in insert format so I could put it in a keepcase.

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/blu-ray-custom-cover-art-thread.308016/page-29#post-4123377

  9. I wouldn’t mind telling us something about Flipsy.
    I clicked on the link to the HTF article and then there is another link to a flipsy web site.
    There’s been a few of these now.
    Is flipsy a sponsor on htf?

    What’s flipsy?

  10. TonyD

    I wouldn’t mind telling us something about Flipsy.
    I clicked on the link to the HTF article and then there is another link to a flipsy web site.
    There’s been a few of these now.
    Is flipsy a sponsor on htf?

    What’s flipsy?

    No, they're not a sponsor! They're a valuation website who've recently put out a few press releases drawing attention to research they've conducted on residual software values. I've drawn members' attention to them because they seem to be of interest.

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