How to Sell DVDs

It's true that you can get a pretty penny for those DVDs you don't want anymore by selling them online.  However, due to the relatively fragile nature of a disc, you have to ensure that your product is properly packaged before you ship it off to the recipient, and unless you use PayPal shipping services with USPS free pickup or you've got the USPS system set up to print your own postage at home, it'll likely be a huge hassle to take a few packages per day to your local post office or shipping center.  So, if you'd prefer to get rid of them at a garage sale, here's the method for properly selling your DVDs.

A man, only his hand, showing how to sell a DVD.First, decide if you will use "discriminatory prices".  No, that doesn't mean you can choose whom to sell your DVDs to, or who will pay you more; it means you price popular movies higher than unpopular or unknown ones.  Realize that if you price them all the same, you'll probably get a lot less for some movies than you could -- but you won't have to go to all the work of individually pricing each DVD.  It's up to you.

Next, choose how to organize the DVDs.  Do you have enough to merit sorting them into categories (like horror, drama, science fiction, children's, etc.)?  Do you want to just alphabetize them and call it good?  If you aren't selling very many, you can probably get away with just putting them in a box, but people will more likely look through your entire inventory if they have a way to keep track of where they are in their search for desirable DVDs.  Alphabetized movies are more appealing, but certainly more work.

Like many second-hand video shops do, you should keep the discs with you to protect them and yourself.  Start a file folder with the DVD discs organized in alphabetical order and keep it near your sales table.  When a confused customer brings up the DVD case (although hopefully you clearly stated that all DVDs were available at the table!), you can check the title and quickly flip through your collection to find it for them.  Make sure you use soft paper or something that will prevent scratches.

When you make the sale, polish the disc in front of the customer so they can see that it has no scratches on the back.  This gives you a chance to clearly state your no-returns policy -- generally a given at garage sales, but important to mention when selling DVDs, because many people will be very upset if they return home to find the disc does not play in their computer or DVD player.  You may think it's the nice thing to do to offer a return policy, but to do so means you've given customers permission to return to your house.

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Comments (4) -

Herbert Tillman
Herbert Tillman
2/16/2013 7:21:16 PM #

Organize your dvds and cds like having a masterlist of all you movies. You could have the screenshot of the trailer or even play it in your laptop so your buyers could have a lot of choices. You could even divide the dvds into categories and genres such as comedy, horror, acttion, etc...

Bernard Gray
Bernard Gray
2/16/2013 7:27:14 PM #

No return no exchange policy will become a possible disadvantage since sometimes, it cant be avoided that some dvd players choose the cds that they read and that would be negative to your buyers. They would not want to go back and buy from you since you don't considet circumstances that are beyond their control.

Oscar Weiler
Oscar Weiler
2/22/2013 1:09:03 AM #

bernard, I do not favor the no return, no exchange policy because what if the Dvd is not compatible with your Dvd player then that would be a big problem. If I were the costumer, I would not buy at your stall again. You can consider exchanging Dvds if it really has a problem and is still in good condition. If it's already scratched all over then you could charge one-third of the original price to pay for the broken Dvd. You must make it clear that you have a deadline where returning Dvds can be exchanged or returned, you cannot entertain people going to you stall saying that the Dvd is broken and it was a month ago when they purchased it.

Tom Roeback
Tom Roeback
2/22/2013 1:17:40 AM #

Its better if you put reviews along with the dvds when you display them. You can arrange the cases of the dvds and have a separate container where the actual disks are. The costumers can open the case and read a review and a rating for that movie and you can come in to share your opinion about that movie and if it is what the costumer is looking for. You can arrange them by genres, like the dvds on the topmost are all action movies while those at the east side are all comedy to make it easier to browse and find a specific movie they like. Also, you can arrange them by years, so from the latest to the oldest dvds in your collection, costumers across the lifespan - from children to older adults - can choose movies they can relate well.

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