Yard Sale. Appropriate price for VHS?

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  1. John Berggren

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    I have a bag full of VHS editions of popular films. I've replaced them all for DVD and intend to dispose of them at a yard sale this coming weekend. What is an appropriate price per film?

    For example: Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Trek. Some are Widescreen, all are VHS.
     
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    If it were my garage sale I'd price them at $0.50 . At $1.00 you might get rid of one or two but if they're dirt cheap you might get lucky and find somebody willing to take the whole bag.
     
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    Man, when I moved cross country a year ago I threw away a hundred or so VHS tapes, the thought of the (probably) thousand bucks I just tossed in the trash was depressing [​IMG]
     
  4. Jon_Gregory

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    I agree with the $0.50 price tag. With new VHS titles going for $5.00 or less most places, people are looking for really cheap stuff at a garage sales. I found with my previous garage sales adventures that even though an item is a very good price, people are looking for out right steals when it comes to garage sales.
     
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    I agree with the 50cent price tag. Remember, the people who come to your garage sale want a fantastic bargain while you want to get rid of junk you don't want. So, price accordingly [​IMG]
     
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    Last agarge sale I wasn't even able to get $.50/tape [​IMG]
     
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    The same thing happened to me years ago. I donated a lot of it to the Salvation Army and got the tax write off instead.
     
  8. Todd K

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    Does anyplace around you (like a used video/cd store) take used VHS? Last year I traded in a bunch of used VHS (similar to titles you mention) and I could get raw cash or store credit (store credit value was slightly higher). They sold new titles there, too, so I was able to trade in worthless used VHS for new useful DVDs.
     
  9. Cameron Yee

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    I agree about checking with a used shop that takes VHS tapes. I'm fortunate to have a place in town that usually gives me a buck or two for tapes. I imagine this will adjust accordingly over time. I've managed to pick up some great DVDs there too - like 5th Element and Gattaca Superbits!
     
  10. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    Last year we put about 50 VHS tapes in my sisters garage sale and we put stickers on them for $2 and $3 and every tape sold excpet for The Commitments tape and most of them sold on Thursday and Friday.

    I would try first to get that much for them, but maybe on Saturday and Sunday do a half price sale for what is not sold.

    Paul
     
  11. Dave Poehlman

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    Ahhh... poor, poor VHS. It fought valiantly against Beta, only to be left to rot in a rummage sale box. :weep:

    My in-laws keep bringing me over their VHS tapes for me to watch. I haven't got the heart to tell them I don't want to watch their low-picture-quality videos. Besides, they're all crime dramas which isn't much my bag either. So, I have a huge stack of VHS tapes sitting next to my TV making me feel guilty.
     
  12. Michael Warner

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    I was able to sell off my last few VHS tapes on Half.com earlier this year for very decent prices. As long as they aren't ex-rentals and come in the original box you should be able to make at least a few bucks on each one.
     
  13. Ted Lee

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    how about donating them instead? i'm guessing .50 a pop won't make or break ya? [​IMG]

    maybe some kid-friendly titles could go to a school, more adult titles to homeless shelters, salvation army, etc.
     

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