DVDs and even Blu-rays are looking a little old fashioned thanks to the rise of online streaming services like Netflix, but your old VHS tapes could be worth a fortune. But there might be an upside for the millions of us that relegated out once-beloved VHS collection to the loft — some old tapes are now worth a small fortune. Experts said the way to check if something's likely to be worth a lot is to aim for films that have never been released on DVD or Blu-ray and are original ex-rentals.
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With decluttering all the rage, you may be unearthing old VHS movie collections from the 80s, 90s, or earlier from your basement or the back of a closet. Now that you may not even own a VHS player, you may be wondering how much cash your outdated technology could bring in. The answer: Probably not much, but it greatly depends on what you have.
The videotape format war was a period of intense competition or " format war " of incompatible models of consumer-level analog video videocassette and video cassette recorders VCR in the late s and the s, mainly involving the Betamax and Video Home System VHS formats. VHS ultimately emerged as the preeminent format. The first video cassette recorder VCR to become available was the U-matic system, released in September
It'll look that way when you record and send old, messed up-looking videos to friends. They'll swear you built a time machine: "OMG, how'd you shoot that? You can change the on-screen date to trick your friends, create flashing cheesy custom titles, mess up the picture by shaking your device and use the zoom lens feature to emphasize those truly embarrassing moments!
Just as vinyl and cassettes have enjoyed recent returns to the music retail world, the home-video market is flashing back to the '80s glory days of big, chunky VHS boxes. In this case, the nostalgia is a bit more superficial: You won't need to dust off your old VCR; it's only the packaging that's retro on these newly reissued Blu-rays. Season Two was released in similar packaging in November