Posted on 05 January 2014 by Michelle
Perhaps a well-intentioned relative got you a game that you have no interest in playing, or your stocking was stuffed with a box set of a tv series you already have a copy of. Whatever the reason, if you're going to list your unwanted DVDs and games for re-sale on sites such as TradeMe, you need to make sure they are correctly labelled.
It is a legal requirement that DVDs or games supplied to the public, including those sold second-hand, have the correct New Zealand classification label. It is also part of TradeMe's Terms & Conditions, and they remove listings that don't comply with the law.
Throughout the year we get heaps of inquiries about the classification labelling requirements for selling these items second hand, so here's what you need to know.
If it does, you can legally sell it in New Zealand. If your DVD was purchased in New Zealand, then you should be fine to sell your DVD as it should have had the correct label on it when it was bought. However, if the DVD was bought from overseas, then it may not have the required label.
More about, and images of, the New Zealand classification labels
If your DVD does not show a New Zealand label, you will need to get a label for it, unless it falls under the exempt categories listed in the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993. More information on the types of films that are exempt.
Again, if your game was purchased in New Zealand you shouldn't have to worry about getting a label to resell it. Unrestricted games (like puzzle games, family games) don't need a New Zealand label, but restricted games do (games like those in the Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, and Grand Theft Auto series). If you're not sure if your game is restricted, you can search for it on the NZ Register of Classification Decisions.
Classification labels are supplied by the Film and Video Labelling Body
The Film and Video Labelling Body
Level 1, 33 Bath Street
PO Box 37754
Phone: (09) 361 3882.
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