MONEY FOR OLD TAPE These old VHS tapes could be worth up to £200 – have you got any at home?

From classic Disney films to some really nasty horror flicks, here are some of the videos that could net you over a hundred pounds

08 May 2018 - 09:45

UNUSED VHS tapes and video players are probably sitting gathering dust in attics all across the UK.

But it turns out that some rarer ones and some seriously dark horror films could make you a couple hundred quid if you sold them secondhand.

Vinyl is still making a comeback at moment, but there doesn't seem to be as much love out there for the humble VHS.

While most of us still have fond memories of  going to video rental stores to pick out a film for the weekend, it seems streaming and downloading films online is going to stick around.

But there are still some collectors out there who take a serious interest in old tapes and so some of the oldies you have at home might be worth a small fortune online.

We've looked at some of the most popular videos that have sold on eBay to see if any of the tapes you might have at home are worth more than face value.

Oasis Be Here Now, £200

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 There was so much excitement around Oasis' "Be Here Now" album that radio DJs tried to break the embargo and play the songs before they were released
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There was so much excitement around Oasis' "Be Here Now" album that radio DJs tried to break the embargo and play the songs before they were released

There was so much excitement ahead of the release of Oasis' third album, "Be Here Now" in 1997, that DJs at the time ignored the embargo and played it anyway.

Radio hosts spoke over the songs to avoid being sued when they played tracks from the unreleased album, but it didn't work and they were forced to apologise live on air.

Video tapes were released to the media as part of the album's promotion, alongside some of their old TV performances.

Very few of these videos were handed out, and a good quality tape has fetched £200 on eBay before.

Dawn of the Dead, £185

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 The ex-rental big box vhs is the most valuable version of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead
 
The ex-rental big box vhs is the most valuable version of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead

George Romero's 2004 zombie classic, Dawn of the Dead, is still known as one of the best horror films of all time.

The film follows four survivors of a zombie apocalypse battling through hordes of the undead in an American shopping centre.

A copy of the video that comes packed in the bigger box VHS has sold on ebay for £185 before.

Cannibal Holocaust, £173

 
 A film so gory that many people believed the scenes of people eating each other were real
 
A film so gory that many people believed the scenes of people eating each other were real

This Italian film was so gruesome that it was banned shortly after release in cinemas in 1980 and all tapes were confiscated.

Cannibal Holocaust was one of the first ever to be shot 'found footage' style, similar to The Blair Witch Project.

As well as showing some incredibly gory scenes of cannibals eating their victims, the film also shows actual footage of animals being killed.

Last month, a copy of the film on VHS sold on eBay for £173.

VHS expert says to watch out for chancers selling video tapes for silly money

TOM Hodge is an independent designer and author. He has designed posters for block buster films such as "The Heat" and "Hobo with a Shotgun". Tom is also the author of "VHS: Video Cover Art" the first book to take look at the artwork of UK video covers from the 80s and 90s.

Why collect VHS: Browsing through VHS is an excitement hardwired into a generation from going down to the local video store to pick out a film for the weekend.

I got into VHS tapes for the cover art, the covers just jump out at you and they are fun and exciting artworks.

VHS is getting more popular: VHS collecting has really exploded over the past 10 years. There was a stage where you couldn’t get rid of them but now its actually difficult to collect them.

All you have to do is search on eBay VHS to see the price increase.

Be wary of chancers: You used to be able to pick up for a tape for 25p at a car boot sale, now the the prices have gone silly and people are paying £50 for tapes that are not worth it.

Precertified videos sell for hundreds: There has always been a market for the most expensive tapes which are the ‘pre cert’ banned ‘Video Nasties’  like “cannibal Holocaust’ ‘Antropophagus’ ‘Devil Hunter’ that all go for hundreds.

Roughly ‘ex rental’ tapes are worth about £8 - £15 at the top end and £30 - £60 for the 'pre cert' “banned video nasties’

Look for ex-rental tapes: It's not all tapes though, they have to be the ‘big box’, ‘ex-rental’ tapes that you would go and rent from your local video shop.

Where to buy VHS tapes: eBay is the main place to get them now, you can go to car boot sales but they are getting harder and harder to find as most have been ended up on the tip or sold on eBay.

You can find Tom Hodge's work and his book "VHS Video Cover Art" here.

Alice In Wonderland, £150

 
 Be careful of black diamond Disney VHS tapes as they often listed at far more they are actually worth
 
Be careful of black diamond Disney VHS tapes as they often listed at far more they are actually worth

The classic adaptation of the Lewis Carroll story was one of the first videos that Disney released.

The film came out in cinemas in 1951, but by the time Alice in Wonderland was released on video there had been edits made to the film.

A black diamond version of the VHS - which is identical to the original cinema release without the edits - sold on eBay for nearly £150 this month.

The Incredibles, £75

 
 The Incredibles was a huge hit for Disney and a sold millions of copies on DVD
 
The Incredibles was a huge hit for Disney and a sold millions of copies on DVD

The Disney Pixar hit The Incredibles was a huge success, making more than £450million at the box office and selling over 17million copies of the DVD in the year it was released alone.

Released in 2005, the film came out at a transitional point for VHS and DVD, when not everyone had the most up-to-date disc player.

Earlier this month, a copy of the VHS version of the film sold on eBay for £75.

Beware black diamond Disney videos

BLACK DIAMOND Disney VHS tapes are often listed on eBay for thousands. But don't believe the hype, they are rarely worth anywhere near that much.

Black diamond Disney VHS tapes are videos which have a black diamond logo saying "The Classics" on the spine of the cover.

These videos are usually advertised as the rarest and most expensive Disney videos, but they are not worth anywhere near the prices they are advertised at.

The black diamond logo means that the version of the film you are about to watch is exactly the same as the theatrical release.

Disney often make small edits to films after they released in cinemas for the video version.

This does make these black diamond videos a collectors item but they never sell for the super high prices found on eBay.

You may have seen articles promising that your "Beauty and the Beast" video is worth £2,000.

Well, this high figure is just the price that the eBay seller lists the item as.

Currently the most expensive "Beauty and the Beast" black diamond video tape that has sold on eBay was only priced at £29.

So, don't believe the hype about black diamond Disney videos and always check how much an item has sold for in the past on Ebay before making a big purchase.

Rare Disney DVD's have sold for over £200 on eBay before, here is how to see if you have one.

The Beatles 'Let It Be', £32

 
 Let it be features The Beatles' famous last concert on the rooftop of their publishing company Apple Music
 
Let it be features The Beatles' famous last concert on the rooftop of their publishing company Apple Music

Following the recording of Let It Be - the twelfth and final studio album from the Beatles - in 1970, this documentary film follows the band around as they rehearse and record the album, as well as capturing their famous final performance on the rooftop of 3 Saville Row.

The film was released in cinemas in 1970 but was not put onto video until 1981.

There weren't many copies of the video and not many of them were put on sale, making the VHS version quite rare.

A good quality copy has sold on eBay for just under £32 in the US before.

If you are still looking to make some cash, here is how to get money for your old gadgets. 

Matchbox cars were originally sold for a few pence back in the 1960s, but now some of the classic toys are worth thousands. 

 

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