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Selling DVDs: MusicMagpie versus the competition

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


Back in 2011, we did some research into how much cash you 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 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.

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 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 10 items or £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

Drive

25p

Django Unchained

30p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1.79

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

52p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

92p

Oldboy

30p

Sin City

25p

Super 8

25p

Zoolander

15p

Alien

25p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

25p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2

E.T (Blu-ray)

£1.19

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£1.93

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

30p

Total

£10.65

Given the guy on the MusicMagpie advert talks about getting a cheque for £50, the £10.65 total we’ve amassed isn’t very inspiring.

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.com

Drive

22p

Django Unchained

77p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2.32

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

74p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1.72

Oldboy

84p

Sin City

20p

Super 8

19p

Zoolander

19p

Alien

20p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

20p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2.37

E.T (Blu-ray)

£1.51

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£2.96

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

49p

Total

£14.92

Ziffit offered a total of £14.92 for the collection of 15 DVDs, paying 40% more overall. The site appears to be more generous on Blu-ray trades and box sets.

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 online. 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

Drive

20p

Django Unchained

70p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

90p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1

Oldboy

30p

Sin City

1p

Super 8

1p

Zoolander

1p

Alien

10p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

1p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£4

E.T (Blu-ray)

£3

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£1.90

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

70p

Total

£13.84

So CEX will pay more cash than MusicMagpie but not as much as Ziffit for the same 15 DVDs, offering a total of £13.84. Many older DVDs like Sin City and Zoolander were only worth 1p with CeX, but classic films on Blu-ray like ET and Jaws fetched much more than expected.

Zapper

Zapper allows you to sell books, CDs, DVDs and games as well as mobiles and electronics. 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

Drive

31p

Django Unchained

29p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2.27

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

48p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

97p

Oldboy

25p

Sin City

25p

Super 8

25p

Zoolander

25p

Alien

25p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

25p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2.12

E.T (Blu-ray)

93p

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£2.85

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

25p

Total

£11.97

Zapper offered a total value of £11.97 for the 15 DVDs I had to offer. This isn’t great but it is much more than MusicMagpie was willing to trade for.

WebuyDVDs.co.uk

Another newish site to consider is WebuyDVDs.co.uk, which is keen on helping the environment by recycling your old stuff.

You’ll need a minimum of 10 items to get going. If you are trading 50 items or more you’ll qualify for the free courier service, but if you are sending less than 50 you’ll have to use the freepost labels instead. The site pays via a cheque, so it won’t be the speediest way of earning some cash.

DVD

WebuyDVDs.co.uk

Drive

40p

Django Unchained

40p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2.33

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

36p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1.44

Oldboy

42p

Sin City

36p

Super 8

36p

Zoolander

36p

Alien

36p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

36p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2.34

E.T (Blu-ray)

£1.38

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£3

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

36p

Total

£14.23

WebuyDVDs.co.uk is certainly a consistent performer, offering a total of £14.23, second only to Ziffit.

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

Drive

-

Django Unchained

19p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

12p

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

12p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1.39

Oldboy

24p

Sin City

12p

Super 8

-

Zoolander

28p

Alien

32p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

12p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2.54

E.T (Blu-ray)

90p

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£1.51

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

-

Total

£7.87

So Momox is the worst of the sites we’ve looked at in terms of actually making an offer. It was only willing to exchange 12 of the 15 DVDs we had for cash, with a total value of £7.87 for the 12 items it would accept. But this fell short of the minimum actually needed to complete a trade!

Trade Your Stuff

The final site we’ve looked at is Trade Your Stuff which buys unwanted games and DVDS.

It’s not clear how many items you need to sell or what value they must come to before you can complete a trade and the order below didn’t allow us to do so. So you might have to have a play with what you have to see where it gets you!

The site promises it will cover the cost of postage with a Freepost label, but pays via cheque so you’ll have to wait longer for your cash.

DVD

Trade Your Stuff

Drive

30p

Django Unchained

31p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2.09

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

36p

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1.23

Oldboy

42p

Sin City

30p

Super 8

30p

Zoolander

30p

Alien

30p

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

30p

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£2

E.T (Blu-ray)

£1.18

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£2.57

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

30p

Total

£12.26

Trade Your Stuff came up with a competitive offer of £12.26, which is much better than MusicMagpie, Zapper and Momox but worse than Ziffit, WeBuyDVDs.co.uk and CeX.

Mix and match

So we aren't not sure we can say MusicMagpie is the worst way to sell DVDs anymore – that honour now goes to Momox. 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 to different companies, we could actually get a better return of £19.46 compared to selling them all to the same site.

DVD

Best price

Drive

40p (WebuyDVDs)

Django Unchained

77p (Ziffit)

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2.33 (WebuyDVDs)

21 Jump Street (Blu-ray)

90p (CeX)

Prometheus (Blu-ray)

£1.72 (Ziffit)

Oldboy

84p (Ziffit)

Sin City

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Super 8

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Zoolander

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Alien

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Jaws (Blu-ray + Digital Copy)

£4 (CeX)

E.T (Blu-ray)

£3 (CeX)

Girls - Season 1-2 Box Set

£3 (WebuyDVDs)

Spaced - Definitive Collectors Box Set

70p (CeX)

Total

£19.46

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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