Myths, rumors and (some) encouraging truths about the future of DVDs on
Everyone wants to know right now: What’s the deal with selling DVDs on
Bad news is that some of what’s being said is true.
Good news is that one of the biggest rumors isn’t.
Let’s get into it…
Some background on the
I forget when it was, but sometime in the fall
After years of DVDs being an “ungated” category, it went the way of clothing and jewelry, and become a private club for the elite who
Although, it didn’t become entirely gated. Only “partially gated.” They didn’t kick everyone out, and didn’t prevent them from selling all DVDs.
Sellers who had not sold any DVDs on
Sellers who had sold DVDs on
It’s kind of boring, and
No one really knows what went on behind closed doors, but
One thing I know: It would be colossally foolish to say
My journey through the
I got the
Fortunately. I had these invoices, submitted them to
It was smooth sailing for about two months.
Then sometime in January, I got another alert from
This time, I decided I wasn’t playing their game. Three things were clear to me:
Amazonwas making all of this up as they went.
- I wasn’t going to reward
Amazon‘s capriciousness by jumping through yet another hoop.
- The entire DVD category on
Amazonwas a mess.
So that’s it. I had 40 or so DVD listings that immediately went dark. (If you want them, you can find them on eBay.)
I don’t know if everyone got this repeat-demand for another round of DVD-order invoices. Maybe I did something wrong. But it didn’t affect enough of my
Where does that leave us? The DVD category on
But there’s good news
A lot of people aren’t very sensitive to details. Or they just like spreading doom and gloom on the internet. Whatever the case, some of what you’re hearing about selling DVDs on
Rumor #1: You can’t sell DVDs without approval.
True and false. If you are a new seller, or haven’t sold DVD’s between September 2013 and September 2014, you do have to get approval to sell any DVDs on
Everyone else is grandfathered in (if you pay for the Professional Selling Plan,as anyone who does any volume should).
In theory, getting approval should be allowed for anyone who places wholesale orders of DVDs from a legit distributor, and presents them to
In practice, the actual criteria appears to be fuzzier and more capricious than that. As my current situation is evidence of.
Rumor #2: You cannot sell DVDs for more than $25 on
No. No. NO.
Almost no one is getting this right at the moment. I can’t say it enough times: Almost everything everyone says on any internet
This is the truth:
You can sell any DVD on
What does that mean? I don’t know and I don’t really care, but I know it applies to relatively few DVDs on
This restriction only affects DVDs that the producer somehow communicated to
What’s better, most larger film companies compete on price, and don’t price their DVDs above $25 – unless they are box sets. (Criterion Collection DVDs, unfortunately, are one exception.)
So this should not profoundly affect the average inventory for the average
When the hammer came down, well under 50% of the DVDs I had priced over $25 were affected. Why? Because they didn’t have an MSRP. They weren’t made by Warner Brothers. They weren’t made by Sony. They were niche titles from boutique production companies, and they were unaffected.
To end on a high note: If you’re hearing rumors that you cannot sell DVDs for more than $25, someone better alert
So go ahead with investing in that used copy of the Building Psychic Rapport With Dolphins DVD, and listing it at $100. You’re fine.