Can You Still Buy a VCR / VHS Player? Your 13 Best Options


Where to Buy a VCR Player

If you have some old VHS tapes you’d like to watch or transfer to digital but no longer have a working VCR you might be wondering if you can still buy a VCR Player.

You can still buy a VCR / VHS player, just not from your usual electronics store. New VCRs haven’t been produced by any manufacturers since 2016, but we have found plenty of places to still purchase used, refurbished, and even new (unopened) VCRs.

After spending dozens of hours researching places you can still buy a VCR you’ll be surprised to see how many great places not only sell VCRs but also offer a warranty. This article will show you the 13 best options for buying or selling VCRs.

The 13 Best Places You Can Buy a VCR Player

There are a number of places you can still buy a VCR:

eBay

This is no big shock that eBay is the #1 one place to buy a VCR, it’s the world’s used marketplace. On the last check, there were hundreds upon hundreds of VCRs for sale on eBay. Not only does it have the widest variety of VCRs available, but the prices also tend to be the most affordable.

eBay also has a large selection of VHS/DVD Combo players for playing back both VHS tapes and DVDs, as well as VHS to DVD recorders to simplify transferring your VHS tapes to a digital format.

VCRs for sale at eBay

Can I Buy a New VCR?

You can buy a new VCR still on eBay. Although VCRs haven’t been manufactured since 2016 some are still in the original box and were never sold or used. So when searching on eBay be sure to click that ‘New’ box on the left if you want something that will last you, especially if you have a bunch of tapes to watch or transfer.

When buying any used item, especially from sites like eBay be careful to check out if there is a return policy or even limited warranty. It would be terrible to start transferring your tapes and have your VCR die a few tapes into the process.

If this concerns you there are other sites that offer limited warranties we have on our list, so please keep reading.

Amazon

Amazon does sell VCRs and is one of the best online retailers next to eBay when it comes to VCRs. There are plenty of good VCRs still for sale on Amazon, several of which come with Prime shipping.

vcrs for sale at Amazon

What I did find on Amazon was higher-quality VCRs. Like eBay, there is a large selection of VCRs, VHS DVD combo players as well as VHS to DVD Recorders that simplify the process of digitizing your VHS tapes.

Search Amazon for “VCR” and see what you can find. Amazon is probably 2nd compared to eBay for selection and pricing but it’s a close 2nd so it’s worth your time to search.

Walmart

Walmart does sell VCRs on their website only, but there are no VHS players for sale at any Walmart retail stores.

Walmart has expanded its website to allow partners to sell products as well, and Dealing Fair appears to be the retailer selling VCRs through Walmart’s website.

Most of what I saw was VHS/DVD combo players fetching around $300 – but each item has the option/upsell of a 3-year protection plan for around $30. Also, most have free delivery and can be returned to the Walmart store if you are not happy with your purchase.

vcrs for sale at walmart

Facebook MarketPlace

Facebook MarketPlace is quickly taking over as the way to sell used things locally. Depending on your area you may find some VCRs for sale, I always see a few in my area so give it a look.

vcrs for sale on facebook marketplace

Craigslist

Another fantastic used marketplace, Craigslist is a great place to look for a used VCR. The nice thing about buying locally from places like Craigslist is you know the item you’re buying wasn’t bounced around planes and delivery trucks on the way to your house.

vcrs for sale on craigslist

NewEgg

NewEgg.com is one of my favorite websites for finding computer and tech gear, and it turns out they also sell VCRs. Their website list mostly VCR/DVD combo players and recorders, as well as other video capture devices that can help you in your VHS to digital transfer process.

vcrs for sale at newegg

Spencertified

While researching this article I found Spencertified, which was formerly ForTheLow.net, a retailer that specializes in vintage and hard-to-find electronics. Their tagline is “WE ARE THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD TO BUY VINTAGE ELECTRONICS” – sounds great to me!

This site looks AMAZING for finding legacy video equipment, I haven’t purchased from them but do have them bookmarked for when I need something.

They carry VCRs, VCR/DVD Players, and Recorders, Betamax decks, even cassette decks. I didn’t see any legacy camcorders but if you’re in the market for some sort of deck/player this looks like the place to do.

Their prices range from $29.99 for lower-end VCRS to over $2000 for high-end professional-grade equipment.

Spencertified even offers a limited lifetime warranty on the products they sell, plus a 100% money-back guarantee. So when you buy from ForTheLow you are dealing with a company, not a private seller that dusted off an old VCR and listed it for sale.

vcrs for sale at spencertified

Porter Electronics

Another retailer I found while researching was Porter Electronics, they also specialize in legacy video equipment, and not just VCRs but Camcorders as well!

They offer a 7-day return policy and 90-day exchange warranty on all items, as well as the option to purchase an additional 1 year extended warranty.

Sounds like a great place to buy a VCR or Camcorder, especially if you really want to make sure they work and last you through your video transfer process.

Etsy

Etsy not only has VCRs for sale, but it also has people selling VCR transfer services as well. So if you’re not the do-it-yourself type this could be a great place for you to look.

Offerup (formerly LetGo)

LetGo is now part of OfferUp – another popular phone app and website for selling used stuff, so a great place to look for a used VCR near you.

Thrift Stores

You can sometimes find VCRs, camcorders, and other legacy electronics at thrift stores. The most popular being Savers and The Salvation Army Stores can have just what you are looking for.

On a recent visit to Savers I saw 2 VCRs for sale for $4.99 each. The inventory is all in the stores, there is no online shopping so you’ll need to visit in person but can find great deals.

Sears and Kmart

The number of retail stores for Sears and Kmart continues to decline, but they do offer VCRs through their websites which like Walmart are really 3rd party sellers offering the products.

Not the greatest selection of VCR and DVD combo players but some fair prices can be found there.

sears and kmart vcrs

Yard Sales and Electronics Recycle

Yard sales are a great place to find vintage electronics. Sometimes you can find a VCR or camcorder in working condition for very cheap.

If you have a recycling station in your town chances are there is an electronics bin that you might see a VCR floating around with all of the old computers and tv in the bin – and these are someone else’s trash which means free to you.

Places That Do *Not* Sell VCRs – Just Incase You Wanted to Check:

BestBuy, Target, and other large retail stores do not sell VHS players either online or at the store. Even many online electronics retailers like B&H Photo Video and Adorama do not sell VHS players. VCRs are still sold, there are several places you can still buy VCRs either online or in person.

So just in case you were wondering do not bother looking at these stores for VHS players:

  • BestBuy
  • Target
  • B&H Photo Video
  • Adorama
  • OverStock

Are VHS players still made? Why Are They So Hard to Find?

VHS Players are no longer produced which is why they are so hard to find. The last manufacturer of VHS players was a company in Japan named Funai Electronics. They halted production back in 2016.

Sony launched Betamax back in 1975, which was actually before VHS was initially introduced in 1977. The two formats became bitter rivals in what was termed as the tape format wars back in the 1980s. When VHS eventually won out Sony was a major player in the VCR market, but Sony stopped making VCRs almost a decade ago.

Panasonic – another big producer of VCRs stopped production back in 2012.

Streaming media is the way of today and the future, which is what lead to the decline of VCRs. “Back in my day” when I was a very young kid our parents took us to the drive-in theater. Then came VCRs, Video Discs, DVDs, and now streaming media on your TVs and phones

At this point, most people don’t even have a DVD player anymore.

For more on the decline of VCR production, you can find more info on Wikipedia.

Why are VCRs still so expensive?

There are a few reasons VCRs are still so expensive:

  1. The have been out of production for many years. This makes finding a VCR in good condition harder and harder to find. Not only are VCRs out of production but the parts needed to repair them to pristine condition are out of production
  2. Scarcity increases the price – with the number of working VCRs dwindling as well as anyone with the skill to repair them, the cost will continue to rise for anyone that wants to buy a VCR

How can I watch VHS tapes without a VCR?

You really can’t watch a VHS tape without a VCR, unless you get the VHS transferred to a DVD or digital format. If you’re interested in services that transfer VHS to digital check out How Much Does it Cost to Transfer VHS to DVD or Digital?

The only exception to this rule is some old tube-style TVs had VCR players built in. If you are looking to watch or transfer an old tape this could be a good option.

But beware if the tape gets jammed it’s much tougher to pull apart a TV to get the tape out without breaking it versus taking the cover off a VHS player to free your tape from its grasp.

Are VHS Tapes Still Made?

All manufacturers of VHS tapes have ceased production of VHS tapes.

But – this does not mean you can’t buy new tapes, plenty of online retailers still offer ‘new’ / never opened VHS tapes.

If you need some the inventory will slowly dwindle as-is the VCR inventory.

I’m not sure why you would want new tapes, actually recording a show with a VCR is not what most people would use a VCR for, they are generally using the VCR to playback old tapes to convert them to DVD or another digital format.

Where Can I Sell a VCR When I am Done Transferring Tapes?

If you invest the money in a VCR to playback or transfer your old videotapes you may want to sell the VCR when you are done if you are satisfied with the transfer quality.

And guess what – it may be worth more when you are done with it and want to sell.

Why?

Scarcity, and just sell it on one of the same marketplaces listed above to recoup your costs.

For more info read our article on how much is a VCR worth?

Conclusion

You still have plenty of options when it comes to purchasing a VCR so you can transfer your old tapes, its a little more work than it used to be to find a good working VCR but it’s definitely possible.

And I urge anyone buying a VCR to not just watch their tapes but please transfer them to a digital format before the tapes disintegrate and VCRs are found in museums.

Don’t lose that footage, the memories are priceless!

Bob Hennessey

Bob Hennessey has been an avid videographer for several decades. Having shot video in just about every tape-based format from Video 8 , Hi 8, Digital 8 and Mini DV I am more than familiar with how to transfer video tapes to digital formats.

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