This article is from the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc FAQ, by email@example.com (Tom Howe) with numerous contributions by others.
The best retail establishments, in order of preference, are thrift
stores, used record stores, and pawn shops. But don't assume you can
walk into your local Goodwill and find CED stuff, since in my experience
(at least recently), the discs and players, if reasonably priced, are
purchased within a few days of being put out on the sales floor.
With used record stores, a useful technique I have found is to carry a
CED into the store and ask the proprietors if they have any of these
"things." A lot of times when trying to verbally describe a CED it's
evident they don't have a clue as to what you're talking about.
Sometimes used record stores have CED's tucked away in boxes or under
bins where you wouldn't find them, even if you thoroughly searched the
Pawn shops used to be a good source for CED's, but most pawn shops will
no longer buy the discs, although on occasion they still turn up. CED's
also turn up occasionally in yard and estate sales, and at swap meets
and ham radio fests. I believe the single best local source for CED's,
particularly if you live in a metropolitan area, is an "RCA VideoDiscs
Wanted" ad in the local newspaper or nickel ads. I have run such ads in
a number of newspapers around the country and have always gotten quite a
few responses from people with a stack of CED's and a player in their
closet, attic, or basement. What often happens when I go to look at
these, is the player no longer works, even though it did when they
stored it away. So they are usually willing to sell the whole bundle for
a low price.
Another source for CED's that has emerged with the expansion of the WEB
is the eBay Auction Site at this URL:
It seems that at any given time CED's or players can be found at auction
here, so it's a good place to both buy and sell CED items. The site can
be navigated two ways. One way is to browse the listings. CED's will
appear in a number of categories, but most commonly appear in:
Movies & Television: Video, Film: Other Formats
CED players most frequently appear in the above category as well as:
Electronics & Computers: Home Electronics: Vintage
The other way to find CED's at eBay is to use their search engine, which
looks for matching terms in the auction title and/or description. Try
case-insensitive terms like videodisc, video disc, ced, selectavision,
and even misspellings like videodisk. In general, sellers of CED's get
more at eBay if they list each title individually.