Our Stores: Buy, Sell, Trade

Our guideline for pricing items brought to the buy counter. Our prices are based on the format, artist, title, popularity, condition, and how much we already have in stock of each item you bring in to sell.

How We Price

CDs: We pay anywhere from 10 cents to $5.00 credit for most CDs. A typical price for a strong title in good condition would be $2.00-$4.00. We pay less for lower list-price CDs or less sought-after or common titles.

DVDs: We pay TOP DOLLAR for strong and uncommon titles!!! There is a wide range of list prices and values--most often we pay between $1.00 and $7.00 credit for most DVDs, though unusual foreign films, Out-of-Print titles and special editions can go much higher.

*Note: We are currently experiencing a flood of common and slow-selling CD and DVD/Blu-ray titles at the Los Angeles Buy Counter. CDs and DVDs/Blu-rays for which we would be offering $1 or less in store credit will not include a cash offer. The offer for that level of CD or DVD/Blu-ray will be for STORE CREDIT only.

LPs: We might pay anywhere from 25 cents to $5.00 for titles that still sell on LP. A typical collection that contains mixed titles usually averages from 50 cents to $1.50 per LP. 

Videos: VHS is a format that is disappearing and becoming very difficult to sell. We most often pay nickels and dimes for VHS films. Boxes must also be in good shape and the VHS must not be a screener/promo or have been bought from a video rental store.**

Tapes: Another nearly-gone format that we don't really need. Sellers will generally get 1 to 5 cents per cassette tape.**

Collectors Items: If a record, CD or DVD is truly collectible and we can get more for it, we will of course pay accordingly. Generally we pay about half in cash or 2/3 in trade of what we’re going to sell it for. So, if we plan to sell an LP for $50.00, we'll pay about $25.00 for it. The less we expect to sell it for, the less of a percentage we offer.

**Note: Currently our Los Angeles store is not offering cash for VHS, Cassette, Laserdisc, 8-Track or Reel-To-Reel formats. These obsolete formats can generate STORE CREDIT, but, in most cases, it will be in the range of nickels, dimes and quarters.

Store Locations

Amoeba Berkeley

2455 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
510.549.1125 - Google Maps

Buy Counter:
Mon-Thurs 10:30am - 8pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am - 10pm, Sun 11am - 8pm (Trade Counter remains open during regular store hours)

Amoeba San Francisco

1855 Haight St. San Francisco, CA 94117
415.831.1200 - Google Maps

Buy Counter:
Mon-Sun 11am - 8pm (Trade Counter remains open during regular store hours)

Amoeba Hollywood

6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 245-6400 - Google Maps

Buy Counter:
Mon-Sat 10:30am - 11pm Sun 11am-9pm (Trade Counter Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm)