Why Do People Collect VHS Films?

When a film store owner in the USA decided to shut up shop after 27 years, his customers launched a crowdfunding site and a massive campaign to keep Movie Madness open.

This is a store which had amassed some 84,000 movies and TV shows. Devoted fans travelled long distances to browse through its abundant categories (containing often forgotten VHS titles), which ranged from “Rampaging Teenagers” to “Problems With Rodents”.

It was a place that stocked many of the VHS classics from the golden age of Hollywood and some of the most obscure movie titles. The outcry at its potential loss was enough to rally a highly diverse group of customers and industry organisations together to find a way to keep Movie Madness trading.


VHS Collectors and Renters are Passionate

This clearly illustrates that, for many, digital imagery can never fully replace the magic of VHS and browsing bookcases of film boxes to select the one that matches your mood at that moment.

This is also why selling VHS movies and TV shows can be so profitable, as there are still plenty of people willing to pay for some of the older and more niche titles.

The Best of Both Worlds

Of course, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it is cost-effective and easy to arrange VHS to DVD transfer.

Which is great if you do decide to sell on your VHS film collection.

This is also a great way to digitalise your precious video film library and store it on a Cloud platform, “just in case” anything happens to the tapes.

However, none of this removes the love of actually owning a VHS library for many people.

Why Some People Love VHS Tapes

It is just the same as people who love collecting and playing vinyl records. For some collectors, there is a sense of nostalgia and authenticity wrapped up in seeing films in their first format.

Of course, there is another great reason to browse car boot sales and ad sites to acquire niche titles. As shown in our blog post on “Rare and valuable types of VHS to look out for”, some VHS films change hands for hundreds of pounds, particularly the older horror films like Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

For other collectors of VHS tapes, it is not about the blockbusters themselves but preserving the history of the format and social commentary. A training video from a company or a documentary from a local film-maker could feature in their personal library.


Whatever the reasons you choose to collect VHS tapes, having them transferred to a digital format brings numerous advantages. To discuss converting VHS to DVD cost-effectively, contact us today.