With many older titles now out-of-print, even on current mediums, it has become more and more popular to collect such titles, with some going for high prices. Even still, there’s no need to break the bank if you want to collect some rare items. There are plenty of ways to get secondhand media, whether it’s an item that’s no longer being produced by the original company, or just as a way to save a few bucks.
Amazon.com is one of the best places to go for this. Most any currently available title can be selected in used form from various secondhand sources, and Amazon’s listings extend to virtually any out-of-print item as well. The used prices can sometimes be a bit high compared to other sellers, but it’s a convenient and reliable way to get a hold of whatever you’re looking for.
Second Spin is another option. Physical stores exist in several states, including California and Colorado, and their website, SecondSpin.com, will allow you to buy or sell from anywhere. Of note is that Second Spin stores will often carry used copies of DVD box sets that, while still being produced, are now being made with slimmer packages in order to save money and shelf-space. Some of these include artwork not available on the newer copies, and can certainly be nostalgic, so they’re worth checking out! In some cases, this can also include older editions of DVDs that include different special features than the currently-produced versions.
Sites like eBay and Craigslist are also viable options, though one should exercise caution, as you are dealing with individual sellers and not always reputable companies. On eBay, experienced sellers will receive feedback based on their transactions, so you can still get a good idea of whether a seller is reputable and trustworthy. On Craigslist, it can be more difficult, but the upside is that you will probably be able to meet the seller in person (preferably, in daylight and public view as a safety precaution), and actually physically examine the item before you buy it.