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Old 05-08-19, 09:51 AM
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Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

I sold two bags of anime DVDs at Book Off yesterday ($70.79 total), but I have hundreds of anime VHS tapes I want to give away, sell or donate. Are there libraries or archives that would take anime VHS? Schools? Anime clubs? I live in NYC, so it would have to be somewhere I could ship to or, if local, that I can rent a van or something to transport several boxes. I don't have an eBay or PayPal account, so I haven't considered that option.

I'd hate to just throw them away.

Here's my closet and a selection of the kinds of tapes these are:








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Old 05-08-19, 10:11 AM
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Re: Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

I think I still have that Patlabor 1 VHS tape.
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Old 05-08-19, 10:47 AM
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Re: Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

In this day and age, I doubt schools or anime clubs would want VHS tapes. Maybe if you have stuff that's rare or never had a DVD release, you may be able to unload, but with more and more of the older stuff getting DVD re-releases and BD releases now, I doubt anyone would want the VHS versions. As much as you don't want to, I think you'll be tossing a lot of this.


Having said that, you wouldn't happen to have any of the Slayers OVAs or movies? Those were put on DVD, but they're OOP and kinda pricy.
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Re: Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

Yeah, many libraries are shedding legacy media themselves. So unless you personally know the librarian is an anime fan, that may not work. It does look like a cool collection.

I'd go to an anime convention, there must some in your area, and literally drop them off at the front entrance with a sign saying free for all comers. Either that or post something on Craig's list.
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Old 05-09-19, 11:49 PM
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I'd sell them on eBay. There's a lot of rare stuff of VHS that never got a DVD/BD release. It's actually a hot retro item right now. Some people are hardcore collectors, and others are just getting them to decorate their nerd caves.

I've seen some VHS movies going for $30-$50. I saw a Perfect Blue VHS go for $55. And the Battle Angel Alita VHS are in demand.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Battle-Ange...p2047675.l2557

If you have a complete series, I'd sell it together. Like this set of Gunbuster OVA VHS that sold for $40.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gunbuster-O...p2047675.l2557

If you have a bunch of random titles that aren't worth much on their own, I'd bundle them into a large lot. Here's a large bundle of about 50 VHS anime tapes that sold for $165.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HUGE-Classi...p2047675.l2557

If you don't want to go to all that trouble, just post on Craigslist. Take a couple pictures of the boxes, estimate how many tapes you have, and list them for $100. Say "Cash Only" and "No Delivery. Must be picked up". Someone will grab them quickly. Especially if you live in a large city.

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Re: Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I'd sell them on eBay. There's a lot of rare stuff of VHS that never got a DVD/BD release. It's actually a hot retro item right now. Some people are hardcore collectors, and others are just getting them to decorate their nerd caves.

I've seen some VHS movies going for $30-$50. I saw a Perfect Blue VHS go for $55. And the Battle Angel Alita VHS are in demand.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Battle-Ange...p2047675.l2557

If you have a complete series, I'd sell it together. Like this set of Gunbuster OVA VHS that sold for $40.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gunbuster-O...p2047675.l2557

If you have a bunch of random titles that aren't worth much on their own, I'd bundle them into a large lot. Here's a large bundle of about 50 VHS anime tapes that sold for $165.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/HUGE-Classi...p2047675.l2557

If you don't want to go to all that trouble, just post on Craigslist. Take a couple pictures of the boxes, estimate how many tapes you have, and list them for $100. Say "Cash Only" and "No Delivery. Must be picked up". Someone will grab them quickly. Especially if you live in a large city.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a lot of those titles pictured. The shot of the collection sold for $165 looks like something I would have photographed. The problem is I want to keep the rare stuff like BATTLE ANGEL and GUNBUSTER because I don't have them on DVD. The stuff I want to sell is mostly stuff that's come out on DVD or stuff that wasn't very good to begin with. A company called Anime Works released a lot of crappy one-shot anime titles on VHS back in the 1990s and I bought a bunch of them for a couple of dollars each at a discount place just to see if there were any gems in the batch. There weren't. I imagine most of these are out of print, but probably not worth much. I should check, though. Thanks.
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Re: Where to unload anime VHS tapes?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
I sold two bags of anime DVDs at Book Off yesterday ($70.79 total), but I have hundreds of anime VHS tapes I want to give away, sell or donate. Are there libraries or archives that would take anime VHS? Schools? Anime clubs? I live in NYC, so it would have to be somewhere I could ship to or, if local, that I can rent a van or something to transport several boxes. I don't have an eBay or PayPal account, so I haven't considered that option.
Thanks for this Ash, I've never heard of them. I have to check them out next time I go to the city. I was just in that area too, on Wednesday.
I have a bunch of anime DVDs I'd love to unload.
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I have a bunch of anime DVDs I'd love to unload.
Check out Second Spin. I've been selling them some DVDs & BDs lately. Lots of titles are only worth $0.25. But for some stuff they offer $2-$3 or more.

I sent them 3 boxes this week. About 25-30 discs in each box. And I'm getting about $50-$60 each.

It also helps me identify rare titles. I know that if Second Spin is offering $5 or more, I can usually get $15+ on eBay.

https://www.secondspin.com/
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