You can sell ‘disc only’ DVDs on eBay

As I go deeper and deeper into my version of minimalism, I’ve been selling stuff on eBay. When you start cleaning out drawers, cabinets, closets and other places extraneous things like to hide, you will become shocked at just how much stuff there is taking up space.

I’ve been throwing stuff out, donating some things to Goodwill, and posting other things to eBay. Since I’ve started this journey into minimalism, I sold 22 items on eBay for $457.35. Not too shabby for stuff I was never going to use again.

Looking for more things to post on eBay, I discovered there’s a market for used “disc only” DVDs. A buyer gets only the DVD and a sleeve for the DVD to reside in. No case, no printed material. It’s just the disc.

I have a lot of DVD and Blu-ray movies. All are sitting in a storage container. None of them have the plastic case they had when I bought them. These plastic storage cases take up way too much room. I would buy the case and put the disc in a special sleeve for storage and I would then file the movie alphabetically in a container.

I haven’t watched a movie on DVD or Blu-ray in years.
you can sell "disc only" DVDs on eBayI never thought I could sell these movies because they lacked the plastic case they had when I bought them. Learning about this “disc only” marketplace on eBay changed my mind. I went to the chest and just grabbed a movie from the front. I wanted to sell one as an experiment. It was the 2001 movie Thir13en Ghosts starring Tony Shalhoub.

It’s a good movie. At least that’s how I remember it.

I listed it as Buy it Now for $4.99 with free USPS First Class shipping. I did this because that’s what an overwhelming majority of “disc only” movies go for on eBay. It sold almost immediately. I realized purchasing the First Class shipping that I wouldn’t be making a profit on this sale. Altogether, this is how the financials broke down:

USPS First Class Shipping: $2.61
eBay: $.50
PayPal:  $.44
Envelope: $1.58
TOTAL: $5.13

All said and done, I lost fourteen cents on this sale. I didn’t attend the Wharton School of Business, but that doesn’t sound like a good business model.

I didn’t realize USPS First Class shipping was so expensive. I’m used to sending boxes USPS Priority where the buyer pays for the shipping. The boxes themselves are free from the Post Office. The envelope I used was a photo mailer I bought at Target. Going forward, if I go forward, I need to come up with a cheaper container for shipping.

I need to do more research. I don’t understand how other people sell “disc only” DVDs and Blu-rays on eBay and make any money.

The Minimalists’ opinion of Marie Kondo

I’ve been interested in Minimalism. I’ve been reading and listening to content about minimalism. The very first book I read on the subject was Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizational consultant. I learned a lot from her book. I learned better ways of organizing the things I have. I learned to get rid of the things that do not spark joy.

Why have things if they don’t bring you happiness? After reading her book, I took a large plastic tote and put a sign on it that read, “Things That Do Not Spark Joy.” I then put things in the box that, well, didn’t spark joy. I took a lot of these items to Goodwill. As it turned out, taking things over to Goodwill sparked joy. The guys who run the Goodwill intake drop off are always so nice, pleasant, and thankful.

The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn (left) and Ryan Nicodemus.

In my pursuit of living a more minimal life, one of the things I did was to subscribe to The Minimalists podcast. They were the subjects of a documentary with the same name that’s now available on Netflix.

I’m working my way back through The Minimalists back catalog of podcast episodes. Yesterday I was listening to episode 53: Organizing. Something I heard in this episode astounded me. A listener, Greg in Denver, called in and left a voice message asking what they thought of Marie Kondo and her books. I expected to hear them talk about how great her books are. I expected to hear them talk about how beneficial her books are to anyone wanting to declutter their life.

What I heard was something much different.

Joshua Fields Millburn sounded completely dismissive of Marie Kondo and her books. He said unlike Marie Kondo, The Minimalists don’t teach you a better way of folding socks. He said her books are how-to books, while their books are more why-to books.


Marie Kondo

I took this to mean it’s more important to know why to let things go then it is how to let things go. This seemed silly because Marie Kondo was quite clear why it’s important to let go of things.

Joshua Fields Millburn then spoke about Marie Kondo’s “supposedly” most famous tip, the advice to rid your life of things that do not spark joy. He said in 2011 he and Ryan wrote an essay (they refer to their blog posts as essays) about how they make sure everything they own serves a purpose or brings them joy. He said in 2014 Marie Kondo “echoed” the sentiment in her book. She said everything you own should spark joy.

It sounded as though Joshua Fields Millburn was implying Marie Kondo ripped him off. He seemed to imply her tip about not holding onto things that do not spark joy was something he crafted years earlier. Why point out when he wrote about it compared to when her book was published?

I found Ryan Nicodemus’ comments about Marie Kondo’s books even more troublesome. He said he has never read her books. How can anyone who makes a living teaching the value of minimalism not have read the world’s most accomplished author on the subject?

That makes absolutely no sense to me.

Hearing The Minimalists speak this way about Marie Kondo and her work makes me question everything they say. For now, I’ll still listen to this podcast, but I’ll listen with a more critical ear.