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Should You Sell DVDs And CDs With Buy It Now On Ebay?

Updated on June 19, 2013
Bookshelves are great for storing DVDs in a pinch, but you really should get a media tower. Walmart sells them very reasonably priced.
Bookshelves are great for storing DVDs in a pinch, but you really should get a media tower. Walmart sells them very reasonably priced. | Source

Sell DVDs On Ebay With Buy It Now Fixed Price Listings

I previously discussed reasons why you should not use fixed price buy it now listings on Ebay, but today I want to discuss an item that you should use this feature for. Of all the items that you can sell on Ebay, there are certain items which will sell very well when sold as buy it now listings.

DVDs are my favorite item to use for fixed price listings on Ebay. As I mentioned in my other hub, the best items to use for fixed price listings are popular, mainstream items that everyone wants and that everyone is looking for. Unfortunately, big business retailers have a stranglehold on new books, CDs, DVDs, and video games and breaking into that market is basically impossible. Thankfully though, there is an excellent market for used DVDs. DVDs are excellent because they still hold some value used, and I prefer to sell used DVDs on Ebay because there is less competition than on other websites like Amazon.

The other thing that is great about DVDs is that just like CDs, books, and modern video games, they have bar codes and they are very easy to organize neatly. They are generally resistant to heat and cold as well. They don't take up much space, and they ship very cheaply and easily too.

Here are a  bunch of DVDs and VHS that I store at home. This is very effective vertical storage and nice and slim.
Here are a bunch of DVDs and VHS that I store at home. This is very effective vertical storage and nice and slim. | Source

DVDs will always be popular. Because of this, it is excellent for fixed price buy it now listings. The best part is that you just set it and forget it. The DVD will sell if it is priced fairly and it probably will sell even if it is priced high because there are a lot of buyers and a few dollars either way does not matter to a lot of them. Considering that you can generally get a used DVD for one dollar or less, you are going to do well either way. When selling DVDs on Ebay, there are a number of very important factors to consider.

1) Popularity of the DVD. Is the DVD you are selling desirable? Will people be looking for it? Even bad movies sell, but cheap mass produced movies that never even came out in theaters generally do not sell at all, even if new. Overplayed, popular movies and even bad older movies will consistently sell, but slower and for not as much. When I buy large lots of DVDs for resale, I know that on some DVDs I will only make a very small profit but on others I will make a larger profit, so by purchasing a huge lot, it makes sense. Buying private collections for resale can be very profitable if you don't mind shipping out a lot of DVDs.

2) Who are you buying your DVDs from? Are they from a private collection or a flea market reject pile? Are they children's DVDs that are mangled, scratched, and abused? Are they adult owned? This makes a huge difference because you generally only want DVDs that are in very good to like new condition. Nearly all children's DVDs I come across have broken cases and destroyed DVDs. It's so frustrating to find a nice title and then see that the DVD is scratched beyond belief! Always be sure to check your DVDs before you buy them!

3) What is the quality of the DVD and the case? I would strongly recommend buying only like new and very good condition DVDs. Also very important is the type of case that the DVD is in. Is it the original case complete with the booklet? If not, it will be harder to sell and you will get less money. Not only that, but it may not have a bar code on the back, complicating your listing speed and organization methods. I try to avoid poor condition DVDs because nobody wants them. You can refurbish them, but most customers will complain about something like that, and it just makes for a big headache. Another important thing to consider is if the DVD is an ex rental or ex library. These generally have different cases and may have markings or tape and such. These are very undesirable as well.

4) How are you going to ship them? The safest way to ship DVDs is by using B-flute cardboard packaging, which is easy, cheap, and fast. I would recommend B-flute packaging for shipping almost everything that you could ship with a bubble envelope because it is very durable. Alternatives would be using a bubble envelope, and while not perfect, generally do the job for first class mail shipping. If you plan on shipping media mail you should pack things very carefully.

5) Make sure that your quality DVDs are sold for their market value. If you check on Ebay, you will see that DVDs have different prices for each quality. You should be sure to list yours in the appropriate quality category so that you get what your item is worth. If you price it the cheapest, it will sell quicker but generally I like to price my DVDs in the middle range for good value to make my time worth it.

Remember, listing DVDs on Ebay for 30 days as a fixed price buy it now listing only costs you 5 cents, probably because Ebay wants sellers to list a lot of media to compete with Amazon.com. They have had an ongoing "promotional fee" for media items which is lower than normal and has been for as long as i can remember. Again, this is where I say if Ebay wants you to list media and is going to make it advantageous for you to do so, then swim with the current and do what they want you to because it makes things much easier to work with Ebay than fight them.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Great helpful hub, I used to work in a DVD rental shop and managed to get a lot of ex rentals seriously cheap just after the drop off the top hits list, about 4 weeks after first DVD release, so they were still really popular and I sold loads on eBay as Buy-it-now items. Just undercutting amazon and TESCO sales and people didn't seem to mind they were ex rental usually as long as they were cheaper. Sadly I no longer work there :(

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      PickingProfits 4 years ago

      I love Ebay for selling DVDs and CDs because Amazon is absolutely flooded with sellers and they drive the price down so cheap! I wish i could have access like that!

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