Well, it doesn’t matter how old you are right now. We have all been growing up with famous Disney cartoons. Right now, Disney is an industry Behemoth and it has been exponentially growing from an entertainment company into an empire!
However, that was not the case in the early 1990s. They have been constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of, not just their animation, but what Disney was as a business. The company went from a moderate successful animation studio into a complete entertainment experience, with theme parks, merchandising, cruise ships, movie studios, etc. They are now building their own streaming service and who knows what will happen next?
Back in the 1990s, Disney animation was at its peak. That was definitely the best time to be a kid. And I am not saying that because I was a child of 90s. Hell no! If you look at the list of movies that were released by Disney during that period, you realize that I am telling the truth!
Beauty and the Beast – Release Date: November 22, 1991
Aladdin – Release Date: November 25, 1992
The Lion King – Release Date: June 24, 1994
Pocahontas – Release Date: June 23, 1995
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Release Date: June 21, 1996
Hercules – Release Date: June 27, 1997
Mulan – Release Date: June 19, 1998
Tarzan – Release Date: June 18, 1999
And this list is not complete because I didn’t want to add any Pixar movies.
Well, back then, you couldn’t just download or stream any movies. You had to go out and actually buy the VHS. You know, those bulky, plastic cases that most of us probably threw away with the first glimpses of the Internet. Well, according to some auctions on eBay, if you held on to some of those first VHS copies of (for example) the Little Mermaid some of the collectors may want to pay some nice amount for that.
The Black Diamond “CLASSICS” VHS copies of those 90s Disney cartoons like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, etc. have been listed for $9,000. You might be holding a fortune if you kept all of those VHS copies.
However, there is a downside in all that. Those auctions are not very popular. And although all those sellers have a very positive feedback and over 10,000 sold items, their VHS copies are simply not selling.
And even though some sellers lowered the auctions to $1,000, they ended up with 0 bids.
And allegedly the rumor that the “Little Mermaid” is so expansive is somehow linked with the VHS’s controversial cover.
The story about that controversial cover began in the 1990s when Entertainment Weekly published a story about that artwork. And the artist said that he had no intention of drawing anything inappropriate.
And this means that you might not end up with 10 grand in your pocket, even though you have those VHS copies in their mint condition.
However, you can sell those copies to collectors, and they are willing to buy them for $20 or $30 per tape.
And you can also try posting your VHS originals on eBay, just like those sellers did. And you can also try to sell them for $10,000. Like this person:
And before you start yelling that you are rich, you have to take into consideration that no one can verify the sale of this VHS. It can be a trick. Because, even though some people say that these VHS tapes are very rare, you can buy on flea markets for $1 or even less…