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Selling DVDs: MusicMagpie versus the competition

John Fitzsimons
by Lovemoney Staff John Fitzsimons on 16 January 2013  |  Comments 3 comments

MusicMagpie is all over the TV, advertising the fact that it will pay for your old DVDs. However, there are plenty of other sites like Back2Cash, CEX and Trade Your Stuff that do the same. But who offers the best price?

Selling DVDs: MusicMagpie versus the competition

Back in 2011, I did some research into how much cash I could raise selling some old DVDs to a website that was getting a lot of publicity: MusicMagpie. The title of the article says it all about how impressed I was: MusicMagpie: the worst way to sell DVDs?

Since that article, MusicMagpie's exposure has continued to grow, mainly thanks to a sustained advertising campaign. And rivals have also sprung up, including the likes of Back2Cash and Zapper.

So I thought it was time to give MusicMagpie another go and see if it is still the worst place to sell DVDs. I've only compared it to other online purchasing sites, rather than looking at the likes of Amazon and eBay, which we'll cover in a separate article shortly.

How MusicMagpie works

MusicMagpie allows you to cash in on your old CDs, DVDs and computer games. You enter the barcode from the DVD, CD or game’s box on the website, and it will give you a quote for how much cash MusicMagpie will give you for it. There’s also a mobile phone app which allows you to actually scan the barcode.

You then print off Freepost labels from the site (or book their free courier service), send off your items and you'll paid by bank transfer or cheque.

What MusicMagpie pays today

I entered the barcodes from 15 assorted DVDs, including some box sets, into MusicMagpie. Here's what I'd get for them.

DVD

MusicMagpie

Chronicles of Narnia box set

£1.24

Father Ted box set

£3

Kung Fu Panda

30p

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

49p

American Beauty

26p

Meet the Fockers

28p

Along Came Polly

26p

King Arthur

25p

Anchorman

25p

Sin City

24p

The Thick of It Series Three

98p

The Last King of Scotland

22p

Casino Royale

22p

Avengers Assemble

£1.88

The Dark Knight Rises

£1.55

Total

£11.42

That total from MusicMagpie is really pretty pathetic. Two of the biggest recent releases fetching less than £3.50 between them? In fact the total price across all 15 DVDs is only slightly more than what my mother-in-law paid for the Dark Knight Rises DVD alone!

Clearly, selling my old DVDs is not going to get me rich anytime soon. Given the guy on the MusicMagpie advert talks about getting a cheque for £50, clearly he is shifting an awful lot of DVDs.

Back2cash

It works a little differently with Back2Cash. You submit the barcode numbers of at least 10 DVDs and then they go off to work out how much to offer you. You’ll then be contacted within a couple of days with a total offer, though there’s no individual breakdown of what they’ll pay for each separate DVD.

For the list above Back2Cash says it will give me £18.08 for the 15 DVDs, the best part of £7 more than MusicMagpie.

CEX

Computer Exchange (CeX) has been around for 20 years, and has stores on the high street where you can buy, sell or exchange all sorts of tech products, such as mobile phones, DVDs, TVs and video games.

If you’re selling to CeX, there’s no minimum number of DVDs or values you need to hit. It offers a Freepost service, and has a team ready to establish exactly what it will pay for your goods once they arrive. You can choose how you get your money, whether it’s in the form of CeX vouchers, cheques, PayPal or a bank transfer.

DVD

CEX

Chronicles of Narnia box set

50p

Father Ted box set

£7

Kung Fu Panda

60p

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

60p

American Beauty

50p

Meet the Fockers

10p

Along Came Polly

10p

King Arthur

10p

Anchorman

60p

Sin City

20p

the Thick of It Series Three

50p

The Last King of Scotland

20p

Casino Royale

10p

Avengers Assemble

£4

The Dark Knight Rises

£7

Total

£22.10

So CEX will pay almost double what I could get from MusicMagpie for the same 15 DVDs, though this is significantly distorted by the prices it will be pay for Avengers Assemble and the Father Ted box set. In contrast it will actually pay less for a number of DVDs than MusicMagpie, such as Casino Royale, Along Came Polly and Meet the Fockers.

Zapper

When I originally looked into MusicMagpie, a reader suggested checking out Zapper instead.

The postal system is slightly different, as Zapper works with a firm called Collect+. Once you agree to the trade, you print off a shipping label and attach it to the box you wish to send your DVDs off in.

You then need to take the box to one of the 5,000 Collect+ affiliated local shops which offer the drop off service. Find your nearest Collect+ drop off point on this section of the Zapper site.

DVD

Zapper

Chronicles of Narnia box set

-          (barcode not recognised)

Father Ted box set

£3

Kung Fu Panda

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

41p

American Beauty

-          (barcode not recognised)

Meet the Fockers

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

Along Came Polly

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

King Arthur

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

Anchorman

-          (barcode not recognised)

Sin City

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

The Thick of It Series Three

63p

The Last King of Scotland

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

Casino Royale

-          (cannot accept any more copies)

Avengers Assemble

£1.42

The Dark Knight Rises

£1.38

Total

£6.84

A fairly pathetic performance from Zapper, which only managed to make offers on five of the 15 DVDs. This was either because it did not recognise the barcode or could not accept any more copies of the DVD in question.

And for those it did manage to make an offer for, they were either the same or lower than the offers from MusicMagpie.

WebuyDVDs.co.uk

Another new site to consider is WebuyDVDs.co.uk. When you complete your trade, you can print your own ‘welcome pack’ or have it delivered. The pack contains the Freepost labels to post your DVDs.

The site talks a lot about how ‘recycling’ your old DVDs in this way is helping the environment, such as this quote below:

"Thousands of tonnes of Discs are being thrown away needlessly and we have created a goal to help people by give them a simple and fun way to help the environment and also give them cash for their unwanted DVDs, CDs and games, not to mention you get to de-clutter your homes."

DVD

WebuyDVDs.co.uk

Chronicles of Narnia box set

£1.53

Father Ted box set

£8.06

Kung Fu Panda

-          (do not accept this product)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

59p

American Beauty

31p

Meet the Fockers

31p

Along Came Polly

31p

King Arthur

31p

Anchorman

31p

Sin City

31p

The Thick of It Series Three

96p

The Last King of Scotland

34p

Casino Royale

34p

Avengers Assemble

£2.48

The Dark Knight Rises

£2.82

Total

£18.98

Certainly a consistent performer, with offers for all of the DVDs bar Kung Fu Panda. Indeed, despite only making an offer for 14 of the 15 DVDs, its total offer came to more than £7.50 more than that of MusicMagpie.

Momox

Momox is another new site to take a look at, and one that is open about the fact that most of the items it buys it then sells on elsewhere.

Again a pre-paid sticker is provided so that you can send off your items free of charge.

DVD

Momox

Chronicles of Narnia box set

£1.60

Father Ted box set

£6.40

Kung Fu Panda

-          (cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

£1.60

American Beauty

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Meet the Fockers

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Along Came Polly

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

King Arthur

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Anchorman

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Sin City

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

The Thick of It Series Three

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

The Last King of Scotland

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Casino Royale

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

Avengers Assemble

(cannot purchase because of low sales price)

The Dark Knight Rises

£4

Total

£13.60

So Momox is the worst of the sites we’ve looked at in terms of actually making an offer, only managing to offer me cash for four of the 15 DVDs. That said the prices offered are very competitive compared to the other sites I’ve looked at – indeed, it offers more for those four DVDs than MusicMagpie does for the entire lot!

Trade Your Stuff

The final site I’ve looked at is Trade Your Stuff, which again covers the cost of postage and buys all sorts of video games as well as DVDs.

DVD

Trade Your Stuff

Chronicles of Narnia box set

£1.66

Father Ted box set

£7.49

Kung Fu Panda

(Not buying this item in for now)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

(Not buying this item in for now)

American Beauty

30p

Meet the Fockers

30p

Along Came Polly

30p

King Arthur

30p

Anchorman

30p

Sin City

30p

The Thick of It Series Three

£1.04

The Last King of Scotland

30p

Casino Royale

30p

Avengers Assemble

£2.45

The Dark Knight Rises

£2.79

Total

£17.83

Trade Your Stuff managed to make an offer for 13 of the 15 DVDs, and came up with a competitive offer of £17.83, the third highest of the sites I’ve looked at. Not bad.

Mix and match

So I’m not sure I can say MusicMagpie is the worst way to sell DVDs anymore – that honour now goes to Zapper. But it’s still a pretty rubbish return for your DVDs when you consider what you get elsewhere.

One thing is clear – if possible, mix and match where you sell them. By splitting the DVDs up and selling them to different companies, I could actually get a better return than selling them all to the same site.

DVD

Best price

Chronicles of Narnia box set

£1.66 (Trade Your Stuff)

Father Ted box set

£8.06 (WebuyDVDs)

Kung Fu Panda

60p (CeX)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

£1.60 (Momox)

American Beauty

50p (CeX)

Meet the Fockers

31p (WebuyDVDs)

Along Came Polly

31p (WebuyDVDs)

King Arthur

31p (WebuyDVDs)

Anchorman

60p (CeX)

Sin City

31p (WebuyDVDs)

The Thick of It Series Three

£1.04 (Trade Your Stuff)

The Last King of Scotland

34p (WebuyDVDs)

Casino Royale

34p (WebuyDVDs)

Avengers Assemble

£4 (CeX)

The Dark Knight Rises

£7 (CeX)

Total

£26.98

What are your experiences of selling DVDs? Who do you feel offers the best prices? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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Comments (3)

  • jamiecfc1
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    jamiecfc1 said

    Music Magpie are really designed for people who want quick cash, there are plenty of other ways to sell CD's/DVD's which would give you a better return for your goods than them, I have sold to them twice and found their service to be generally OK, but you could get more on Ebay, although of course you then have the hassle of setting up your listing etc. They also have been known to reject some titles so don't assume they'll take anything, cos they won't, especially titles that sold in their millions a few years back. CEX has a good range of (mostly) DVD's and games to sell, not so much CD's, but if you buy from their shops beware - they do get some hideous queues from spotty teens buying games.

    Report on 16 January 2013  |  Love thisLove  0 loves
  • Tracey Rogers
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    Tracey Rogers said

    We have just had a massive clear out of DVD's at home and hadd pretty much 100 to get rid of, read this article and gave back2cash a go... waste of time. They took 9 days to reply during which time i tried the office number 4 times and the text option and it was never answered. Gave up thinking they had received it and then this morning i get an email saying they don't want any of them. easy process but overall waste of time, expecially as they recommend Zapper which pay awful rates.

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