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 by a VCR Player.
You can still buy a VCR player, just not from your usual electronics store. New VCRs haven’t been produced by any manufacturers since 2016, but there are plenty of places to still purchase a new (unopened), used or refurbished VCRs. We have found 9 great websites for buying used 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 9 best options for buying or selling VCRs.
The 9 Best Places You Can Buy a VCR
There are a number of places you can still buy a VCR:
This is no big shock that Ebay is the #1 one place to buy a VCR, it’s the world’s used marketplace. Last check there were hundreds upon hundreds of VCRs for sale on 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 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 in our list, so please keep reading.
Amazon is not quite the used marketplace that Ebay is, especially when it comes to VCRs. But there are plenty of good VCRs still for sale on Amazon, which also means some come with Prime shipping.
What I did find on Amazon was higher quality VCRs and VCR/DVD combos so they can also fetch a loftier price.
Search Amazon for “VCR” and see what you can find.
Yes Walmart sells VCRs! Just not in their stores, so do not go down to the electronics department and ask to see their VCR selection.
Walmart has expanded their website to allow partners to sell products as well, and Dealing Fair appears to be the retailer selling VCRs through Walmarts website.
Most of what I saw was VHS/DVD 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 if that makes you feel any better….
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.
Another fantastic used marketplace, Craigslist is a great place to look for a used VCR. The nice thing about buying local 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.
While researching this article I found ForTheLow.net, a retailer that specializes in outdated items. Their tagline is “WE ARE YOUR DESTINATION FOR THOUSANDS OF DISCONTINUED AND REFURBISHED HARD-TO-FIND ITEMS” – 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.
ForTheLow 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.
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 not only has VCRs for sale, it 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.
LetGo is another popular phone app and website for selling used stuff, so a great place to look for a used VCR near you.
Places That Do *Not* Sell VCRs – Just Incase You Wanted to Check:
- B&H Photo Video
Are VHS players still made?
VHS Players are no longer produced. 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 the 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 at Wikipedia.
Why are VCRs still so expensive?
There’s a few reasons VCRs are still so expensive:
- 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
- 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.
The only exception to this 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 its 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 play back old tapes to convert them to DVD or another digital format.
Where Can I Sell a VCR?
If you invest the money in a VCR to playback or transfer your old video tapes 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.
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?
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!