Spent your earlier years watching the Disney classics of old? Well, there’s a chance you could be sitting on quite the money pot.
Who’d have thought that after years working on your career, your fortune could be down to a dusty pile of Disney VHS videos and DVDs?
Well, if you were a big Disney fan when you were younger (or now, we’re not judging) and have a collection of Disney VHS videos or DVDs knocking around your attic, then you could stand to make a pretty penny.
Some of our earliest memories are of watching Belle from Beauty and the Beast waltz across the screen in her yellow gown, or of marveling over The Lion King anthems. In fact, we’ve been humming them ever since. But if you are willing to sell off your old DVDs (or even those antique-status videos), you could make a lot of money.
It might sound a bit odd, but old Disney video tapes have become somewhat of a collector’s item. Maybe it’s the onslaught of live action remakes that’s got people hankering over the classics, but it turns out there’s a serious market for Disney nostalgia on digital market places, with certain collections fetching thousands of pounds.
Although with all that said, if you only have a dog eared copy of Dumbo hiding behind the TV, that won’t get you very far. The copies most likely to make money are particularly rare videos or DVDs, particularly those sold in a set and specifically the Black Diamond VHS Collection.
This rare collection includes 18 animated features all released between 1988 to 1993 for VHS. These editions come in a clam shell case and display a logo in the shape of a black diamond that says “The Classics” on the spine.
The collection includes some of the most famous Disney classics created, including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Black Diamond Collection packages are currently being auctioned for up to £13,000 on Ebay, but even singular videos are going for, in some cases, £7,000.
Over on Etsy, just one Black Diamond tape of Sleeping Beauty is currently asking for over £12,000. Just think of the holiday you could book with that!
And, while Black Diamond sets are more likely to snapped up by specialist collectors, even newer, less rare singular videos are still worth a good amount of cash. For example, Walt Disney Treasures DVDs are selling for £90 on Ebay.
The Treasure Collection was first released in 2001 as a part of Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was sold in limited qualities. Over the following years, there were nine more releases with each series containing two, three or four different sets of two-disc DVDs.
If you didn’t think to keep your favourite films in pristine packaging because you were, y’know, busy watching them, don’t despair: you could still cash in enough to take yourself out for a nice lunch, or get that jumpsuit you’ve been eyeing up on ASOS.
All in all, it’s definitely worth taking a trip into the attic for, don’t you?