If you’re a Disney fan who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you likely have a stack of Disney VHS tapes collecting dust somewhere. Some savvy collectors have been listing their vintage “Black Diamond Collection” Disney tapes on eBay for thousands of dollars, but is anyone really buying them for such a big price tag?
This persistent claim is back with this 6/19/19 listing showing a collection of 68 VHS tapes selling for $1.5 Million! Additionally, you can see individual tapes for as much as $600,000.
According to the fact-checking website Snopes, the answer is no, not really. But that doesn’t stop sellers from trying. There are many listings on eBay for Disney Black Diamond tapes, which refers to the diamond-shaped logo on the spine of each VHS case. Movies in the Black Diamond Collection were released between 1984 and 1994 and include titles like “Robin Hood,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more.
Among these so-called rare listings on eBay, you can find copies of “The Little Mermaid” with its accidentally controversial cover art for an asking price of hundreds or thousands of dollars. Sellers typically describe this “Little Mermaid” VHS as “rare” and “banned,” but as you can see when scrolling through the listings, there are many copies currently available on the auction site.
As Snopes revealed through a bit of digging, most of these Disney VHS tapes usually earn bids of around $25 — not even close to the hefty price sellers are seeking. However, the tapes can sell for a decent amount if the movie is harder to find and both the tape and VHS case are in excellent condition. If the VHS case is sealed, even better.
In 2016, it does appear that one copy of “Beauty and the Beast” sold for $9,000, but Snopes warns that was almost certainly a fluke. In reality, you can expect bids in the $5 – $25 range. So, selling your vintage Disney VHS tapes probably won’t earn you a big payday, but if you’re looking for a way to declutter your home and make Marie Kondo happy it can’t hurt to try.