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Is it time to get rid of your old DVDs and CDs?

21 Nov 2016

Is it time to get rid of your old DVDs and CDs?

With plenty of cloud storage services and the ushering in of the digital age, you may have considered clearing out all of your old movies, music and books to give yourself more room and storage space. That’s without mentioning the rise in popularity of digital streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix for all of your entertainment purposes.

It leaves the consumer wondering whether we actually have to buy the physical product anymore. Downloading movies or music can often be much easier as it is transferred straight to your smartphone or tablet. So do we still need to keep our old media or is it time to get rid of it? Well, there are a few reasons that you might not want to throw everything away just yet.

It could be of value

Although it may take many years for old music or media to become valuable, it could pay-off as older media can go for huge sums of money.  Some old VHS tapes are now selling for over £1000, although admittedly these are all around 50 years old so you could be waiting a while. But some CDs and DVDs are also selling for large sums of money. These are mainly rare copies or music that wasn’t popular at the time but you might still stand to make some money. And it’s not just music or movies that can attract high prices, rare publishings of books or old video games can also attract high prices.

If you’re not hoping to make huge sums of money in the future then your old CDs and DVDs might actually be worth something now. There are plenty of websites, such as Music Magpie, that will give you money for your old CDs and DVDs as they can find people that are willing to buy them. You could also look to sell them yourself through eBay or other online marketplaces.

Platform Exclusives

With the successful rise of various streaming services, it has also made them very competitive. Each service essentially offers its customers the same thing so they each have to try and find something unique. This is where platform exclusives come in, so you can only watch certain TV shows and movies on one platform like Netflix. This can make it harder to stream your favourite shows and movies, without forking out for several subscription services each month.

Apple Music has also launched recently, with some new albums released exclusively on the platform for months. You can expect this competitive nature to increase in the future and your favourite music artist or movies might be pulled from the platform you subscribe to. For this reason, you may want to hang on to some of your favourite CDs so that you don’t lose out.

Save Space

You can actually save space and still keep all of your old CDs and DVDs at the same time. It is highly likely that you will be listening to music or watching media on your phone, tablet, or computer. This means downloading the media so that it is available on other platforms. So essentially, you don’t need the case for your media anymore and you could throw it away to save space. You can still keep all of your DVDs and CDs organised in a CD wallet or binder. That way, you can keep a copy of it should you wish to use a DVD player or in case your computer breaks and you don’t have a backup. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple when it comes to storing your old books.

If you’re a film or music fan, then you will more than likely have amassed a large collection of CDs and DVDs. These can take up a lot of space when you could be utilising the cloud storage facilities that are available. If you still want to keep your media but are simply running out of space at home, then why not consider self storage? This can provide you with some much-needed space and also offer storage for anything else you might not have room for anymore. Contact us today and see how we can help.