Selling DVDs UK: musicMagpie versus Zapper, CeX, Ziffit and Momox

MusicMagpie is all over the TV, advertising the fact that it will pay for your old DVDs. However, there are plenty of other alternative sites that do the same from CeX to Zapper. But which offers the best price?

Back in 2011, we did some research into how much cash you could raise selling old DVDs to a website that was getting a lot of publicity: musicMagpie. The title of the article says it all about how impressed we were: 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 Ziffit and Zapper.

So we’ve decided to give musicMagpie another go and see if it is still the worst place to sell DVDs.

MusicMagpie

MusicMagpie allows you to cash in on your old CDs, DVDs and computer games as well as electronic items like tablets and laptops.

To start selling your DVDs you just enter the barcode from the box on the website, and it will give you a quote for how much cash it will trade for. There’s also a mobile phone app which allows you to scan the barcode, making light work if you’ve got loads to shift.

You’ll need a minimum of £5 worth of stuff to complete an order. To send your items you can print off Freepost labels from the site or book their free courier service. Once they've been checked you'll get paid by bank transfer or cheque.

DVD

MusicMagpie

No Country For Old Men

15p

Lucky Number Slevin

15p

The Last King Of Scotland

5p

Die Hard 4.0 (Blu-ray)

20p

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

5p

Turbo (Blu-ray)

44p

Kick-Ass

15p

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)

75p

Cowboys & Aliens (Blu-ray)

40p

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£1.71

The Lego Movie

60p

Crash

15p

Lawless

30p

The Dark Knight (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

25p

Blood Diamond

15p

Total

£5.50

Given the guy on the musicMagpie advert talks about getting a cheque for £50, the £5.50 total we’ve amassed isn’t very inspiring.

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Ziffit

Ziffit allows you to sell your old books, games, DVDs and CDs.

Like musicMagpie you just need to enter the barcodes to get an instant value or download the app that allows you to save time and scan them in.

You’ll need a minimum of 10 items or items worth at least £5 to complete a trade. Then you just have to pack them up and either use the free courier or use the Collect+ drop-off service. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for a payment direct to your bank account, PayPal account, cheque or charity of your choice.

DVD

Ziffit

No Country For Old Men

20p

Lucky Number Slevin

19p

The Last King Of Scotland

20p

Die Hard 4.0 (Blu-ray)

36p

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

19p

Turbo (Blu-ray)

80p

Kick-Ass

18p

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)

95p

Cowboys & Aliens (Blu-ray)

59p

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£2.40

The Lego Movie

87p

Crash

20p

Lawless

36p

The Dark Knight (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

20p

Blood Diamond

20p

Total

£7.89

Ziffit offered a total of £7.89 for the collection of 15 DVDs, paying 43% more overall.

CeX

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

You can see what CeX is willing to pay for your DVDs online by inputting barcodes. CeX will tell you the cash value it is willing to pay and the alternative CeX voucher value you could get.

The great thing about CeX is there’s no minimum number of DVDs or values you need to hit. Like its competitors it offers a Freepost service or Collect+ drop off service. You can choose how you get your money from CeX vouchers, cheque, PayPal, bank transfer or even Bitcoin, though going for the CeX voucher gets you slightly more.

DVD

CeX

No Country For Old Men

1p

Lucky Number Slevin

1p

The Last King Of Scotland

1p

Die Hard 4.0 (Blu-ray)

20p

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

1p

Turbo (Blu-ray)

£1

Kick-Ass

1p

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)

£1.30

Cowboys & Aliens (Blu-ray)

60p

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£3

The Lego Movie

£1.30

Crash

1p

Lawless

70p

The Dark Knight (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

30p

Blood Diamond

1p

Total

£8.47

So CEX will pay more cash than musicMagpie and Ziffit for the same 15 DVDs, offering a total of £8.47. Many older DVDs like Blood Diamond and Crash were only worth 1p with CeX, but Blu-ray copies of Turbo, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fetched much more than expected.

Zapper

Zapper allows you to sell books, CDs, DVDs and games as well as mobiles, electronics and even LEGO. You can get an instant value online using the barcode or use the app to scan items quickly.

You’ll need a selection of items worth at least £10 in order to complete a trade. Once you’ve managed this you just need to pack them up and send via your local Collect+ centre. Zapper will check the items and then make a payment via PayPal or cheque.

DVD

Zapper

No Country For Old Men

31p

Lucky Number Slevin

29p

The Last King Of Scotland

30p

Die Hard 4.0 (Blu-ray)

25p

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

25p

Turbo (Blu-ray)

75p

Kick-Ass

25p

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)

75p

Cowboys & Aliens (Blu-ray)

34p

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£2.17

The Lego Movie

69p

Crash

25p

Lawless

25p

The Dark Knight (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

25p

Blood Diamond

25p

Total

£7.35

Zapper offered a total value of £7.35 for the 15 DVDs I had to offer. This isn’t great but it is much more than musicMagpie was willing to trade for. However, I would need to add more old DVDs to my basket in order to hit the minimum £10 needed to make a trade with Zapper.

Momox

Momox is another new site to take a look at, which will pay for your old DVDs, books, CDs and games.

You’ll need to achieve a minimum purchase price of £10 in order to complete a trade. Again a pre-paid sticker is provided so that you can send off your items free of charge and money is paid directly into your bank account.

DVD

Momox

No Country For Old Men

32p

Lucky Number Slevin

12p

The Last King Of Scotland

12p

Die Hard 4.0 (Blu-ray)

-

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

32p

Turbo (Blu-ray)

54p

Kick-Ass

12p

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray)

12p

Cowboys & Aliens (Blu-ray)

-

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£3.62

The Lego Movie

£2.41

Crash

12p

Lawless

72p

The Dark Knight (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

12p

Blood Diamond

12p

Total

£8.77

So Momox only wanted 13 out of the 15 DVDs I had to sell and offered £8.77 in total, much better than musicMagpie. However, this still falls short of the minimum needed to complete a trade with the site.

Mix and match

So it’s still pretty safe to say  that musicMagpie is the worst way to sell DVDs considering what you get elsewhere.

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

DVD

Best price

No Country For Old Men

32p (Momox)

Lucky Number Slevin

29p (Zapper)

The Last King Of Scotland

30p (Zapper)

Taken (Extended Harder Cut)

32p (Momox)

Kick-Ass

25p (Zapper)

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ Digital Copy)

£3.62 (Momox)

The Lego Movie

£2.41 (Momox)

Crash

25p (Zapper)

Lawless

72p (Momox)

Blood Diamond

25p (Zapper)

Also remember you could get more for your DVDs by selling on Amazon or eBay. The cash won’t be instant, but you are likely to get more.

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