I'm not going to lie; the other day I was thinking about all my old classic Disney VHS tapes that are sitting in my parent's entertainment center, collecting dust, and I started browsing the internet for cheap VHS players. Why let those childhood memories go to waste?
While perusing Ebay for a VHS steal, I also started looking up prices for VHS tapes that I may not have anymore. And apparently, these old Disney tapes could be used to start paying off some of my credit cards.
In a surprising find, original Beauty and the Beast VHS tapes are selling on Ebay for as much as $9,000! What?! One in particular is being sold for nearly ten THOUSAND dollars, in an unopened "Black Diamond Classic" case, which you can see originally sold for a mere twenty dollars.
Apparently the new fad of turning those Disney classics into live-action films sparked a burning nostalgia in some people. Reddit user, Reddit_Executive, has a theory behind the sudden desire for rare Disney tapes:
On the spines of some VHS (and BetaMax) tapes is a black diamond with Walt's signature on it. This was Disney's first attempt to market their videos to homes. Because of this, certain Disney collectors are convinced that these VHS tapes are worth something."
In my own Ebay search, I found that a number of Disney VHS tapes are being sold at incredible prices:
Peter Pan... $50 - $200
The Lion King.... $75 - $200
101 Dalmatians... $100 - $200
Aladdin... $150 - $500
Snow White...$250 - $600
Cinderella...$200 - $1,000
So check your parent's entertainment center, 90's kids. There may be a treasure trove waiting to be rediscovered.
[Sources: Ebay, Reddit, BuzzFeed]
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