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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 alternative sites that do the same from CeX to Zapper. But which offers the best price? Read on for our full musicMagpie review.


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 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

21 Jump Street

34p

28 Days Later

15p

Alien

25p

Django Unchained

68p

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£1.39

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

25p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£1.75

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

25p

Sex & The City - The Movie

15p

Sin City

25p

Team America, World Police

15p

The Shining (Blu-ray)

£2.40

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1.20

This is Spinal Tap

44p

Zoolander

15p

Total

£9.80

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

21 Jump Street

54p

28 Days Later

18p

Alien

20p

Django Unchained

77p

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£1.75

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

22p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£1.95

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

23p

Sex & The City - The Movie

22p

Sin City

20p

Team America: World Police

20p

The Shining (Blu-ray)

£2.08

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1.66

This is Spinal Tap

78p

Zoolander

20p

Total

£11.18

Ziffit offered a total of £11.18 for the collection of 15 DVDs, paying 14% 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 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

21 Jump Street

70p

28 Days Later

1p

Alien

20p

Django Unchained

£1.70

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£2

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

10p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£3

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

40p

Sex & The City - The Movie

1p

Sin City

1p

Team America, World Police

1p

The Shining (Blu-ray)

n/a

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2

This is Spinal Tap

1p

Zoolander

1p

Total

£10.16

So CEX will pay more cash than musicMagpie but not as much as Ziffit for the same 15 DVDs, offering a total of £10.16. Many older DVDs like Sin City and Zoolander were only worth 1p with CeX, but classic films on Blu-ray like ET and the Thing 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

21 Jump Street

31p

28 Days Later

29p

Alien

30p

Django Unchained

51p

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£1.98

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

25p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£1.87

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

25p

Sex & The City - The Movie

25p

Sin City

25p

Team America, World Police

25p

The Shining (Blu-ray)

£1.94

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1.07

This Is Spinal Tap

51p

Zoolander

25p

Total

£10.28

Zapper offered a total value of £10.28 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

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

21 Jump Street

49p

28 Days Later

n/a

Alien

45p

Django Unchained

82p

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£1.75

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

45p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£1.80

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

n/a

Sex & The City - The Movie

36p

Sin City

n/a

Team America, World Police

n/a

The Shining (Blu-ray)

£2.76

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£1.55

This Is Spinal Tap

73p

Zoolander

36p

Total

£11.52

WebuyDVDs.co.uk only wanted 11 of the 15 DVDs I had to sell but despite this it was a consistent performer, offering a total of £11.52, 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

21 Jump Street

12p

28 Days Later

28p

Alien

32p

Django Unchained

24p

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

92p

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

40p

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£1.48

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

12p

Sex & The City - The Movie

12p

Sin City

n/a

Team America, World Police

37p

The Shining (Blu-ray)

41p

The Thing (Blu-ray)

12p

This Is Spinal Tap

24p

Zoolander

32p

Total

£5.46

So Momox is the worst of the sites we’ve looked at, with a total value of £5.46 for the 14 items it would accept. But this fell short of the minimum actually needed to complete a trade!

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 £15.87 compared to selling them all to the same site.

DVD

Best price

21 Jump Street

70p (CeX)

28 Days Later

29p (Zapper)

Alien

45p (WebuyDVDs)

Django Unchained

£1.70 (CeX)

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (Blu-ray)

£2 (CeX)

Harry Potter & Order Of The Phoenix 2DVD

45p (WebuyDVDs)

Princess Mononoke (special edition)

£3 (Cex)

Pulp Fiction (two-disc  special edition)

40p (CeX)

Sex & The City - The Movie

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Sin City

25p (musicMagpie/Zapper)

Team America, World Police

37p (Momox)

The Shining (Blu-ray)

£2.76 (WebuyDVDs)

The Thing (Blu-ray)

£2 (CeX)

This Is Spinal Tap

78p (Ziffit)

Zoolander

36p (WebuyDVDs)

Total

£15.87

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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