Anyone Here Know How Amazon Determines Trade In Value?

George Costanza

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I have a good amount of dvd's and games and wonder how Amazon comes up with the buy back value. I am about to send in Grand Tour Disaster in time for a 32 dollar trade in credit. Funny thing is now it trades in for a quarter down from 32 bucks overnight. The values go up and down so much and I was wondering aside from being Out of print how does Amazon determine trade in price.

I've read that out of print dvd's are worth more but if you hang on to them too long they may be reissued. Then the value drops to almost nothing. I shop at Amazon so much that a 32 dollar credit for a movie, I payed a dollar for seems like a good deal. The only thing is It sells for at least twice that.
 

George Costanza

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Moral of the story: If someone offers you $32 for a used DVD, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!
That's what I was thinking. I have to ship it out by the 6th, which is tomorrow. If I don't ship it tomorrow then I would have to trade it in for the new value which today is a quarter. I bought the dvd in mid june at which time it was a 16 dollar trade in credit. So 32 bucks seems like a steal. It's just that it goes for 80 bucks average online and the dvd is out of print, so the future value may improve. I have a number of similiarly rare dvd's from a good summer of garage sales. I'm still a little wet behind the ears on the whole amazon marketplace thing.
 

CousinDave

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I don't think Amazon actually buys them, its a 3rd party who buys them paying in amazon credits and then sells them on the Amazon market place.

Its still just supply and demand

With very few exceptions DVDs will always be re issued, even the ones that Criterion initially released - Spinal Tap, Robocop, Silence of the Lambs, sold for big bucks when they were out of print, but eventually they are made available again and the secondary market value dops to just a few dollars or even less.

I sold my Tron DVD for like $60 and now it sells for $5 because it was reissued when the 2nd movie came out.

DVDs are not collectibles
 

Your_Moms_Box

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Shit.. I have three boxes of DVD's up in my attic that I don't even use.

I torrent/netflix anything I want to see.

I've actually downloaded a torrent for a movie I have rather than go up there and wade through the bat shit.
 

lockjaaaaww

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With very few exceptions DVDs will always be re issued, even the ones that Criterion initially released - Spinal Tap, Robocop, Silence of the Lambs, sold for big bucks when they were out of print, but eventually they are made available again and the secondary market value dops to just a few dollars or even less.
Spinal tap is still a little pricy but robocop and silence of the lambs are probably the 2 cheapest oop criterions. I sold the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie criterion for double what I paid to a friend a while ago. people collect them and some titles you can sell for however much you want and they will sell. I've seen tokyo Olympiad, the third man blu, nights of cabiria, the killer, etc. sell for 80-200. I also recently sold my Rebecca criterion.


I usually sell my old text books back to amazon. I can get rid of them and pick up a few stuff for myself at the same time so it makes sense.
 

George Costanza

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I don't think Amazon actually buys them, its a 3rd party who buys them paying in amazon credits and then sells them on the Amazon market place.

Its still just supply and demand

With very few exceptions DVDs will always be re issued, even the ones that Criterion initially released - Spinal Tap, Robocop, Silence of the Lambs, sold for big bucks when they were out of print, but eventually they are made available again and the secondary market value dops to just a few dollars or even less.

I sold my Tron DVD for like $60 and now it sells for $5 because it was reissued when the 2nd movie came out.

DVDs are not collectibles
That's pretty informative, thanks. I don't want a bunch of movies with high values I have to be worth nothing when a new dvd comes out. Picked most of them up this summer. So I should trade in or try to sell all of the dvd's as soon as possible right? I hope to start selling them in November online when I have more time.
I just figured I'd flip a few of the higher value ones online. I just worry about the value dropping before I can start selling. The trade in values go up and down so frequently.
 
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