How much are your vintage Disney VHS tapes really worth?

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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? If you have some of these vintage VHS movies from the 80s and 90s what is your Disney VHS tapes worth today?

What is the “Black Diamond edition” of Disney VHS tapes? The Black Diamond edition refers to the diamond-shaped logo on the upper spine of each VHS clamshell case. Disney 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.

Black Diamond Disney VHS logo
Black Diamond Disney collection VHS logo

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.

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eBay listing for Disney Black Diamond VHS tapes

Is it possible that owners of these tapes could be sitting on a small fortune? According to the fact-checking website Snopes, the answer is no, not really. Even though no one is buying these VHS tapes it hasn’t stopped sellers from trying to find a buyer and unload their collection for big bucks.

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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.

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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.

Online buyers are advised to be aware that these same so-called collector’s items can often be found for sale at nearby flea markets or a garage sale for only a few dollars. So if you want to enhance your collection of vintage Disney video tapes and pick up a copy of Sleeping Beauty or Dumbo it pays to do your research.

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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.

To scroll through Disney Black Diamond VHS listings on eBay, click here.

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