A beter place than CL or EB to sell stuff?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Chip NoVaMac, May 16, 2011.

  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    To be honest I have had a 50% success in selling some stuff on the CL... stayed away so far from eBay... way too many scammers that want to do PayPal and such - or shipping. I am wondering if my time the CL is worth it...

    I have tried to price it well against the the eBay offerings. Bottom feeders are getting my goat. :( I had a poster that wanted my near mint D90 and 16-85VR for just $400. <eek> Or the guy that wanted my Nikkor 20mm AFD for $200! I am not trying to make my rent. Just getting rid of stuff I don't use.

    Just making me wonder about selling some of my camera stuff. :( Have some stuff that is high end and collector in nature....
     
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    I've heard the section at FredMiranda is good for that, but have no experience myself not living in the US.
     
  3. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, I think if you're looking for maximum profit from your items, ebay is the best place. Stuff on there is so overpriced, yet somehow it still sells. Beyond that, finding a more targeted audience for buying like forums might be a more efficient choice, especially if you have rare or highly sought-after items.

    Just keep in mind that forum-based buy/sell sections are a lot about community. You can't just join up as a new poster and expect to be wheeling and dealing like a regular. Because certain forums have become popular and well-known for their trading sections, many fora have restrictions on who can access the trading portions of their boards to help keep the "riffraff" out. The Macrumors B&S forum, for example, requires a 6 month probation period on accounts before being allowed to view the B&S forum. Fredmiranda requires you to pay a membership fee in order to sell on the B&S boards (although buying can be done by any registered member). Same goes for Nikonians, where you have to be a paying member to access the trade area. I also know that some people who use those B&S boards put stock in one's posting history, so randomly signing up a new account and then proceeding straight to the B&S section to post your wares might not necessarily get the sales you're looking for.

    Ruahrc
     
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    You could give the MR Marketplace forum a try. You qualify for it and the clientele is a bit safer than CL.

    Dale
     
  5. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    Fred Miranda Buy/Sell boards.

    Bought a couple lenses through there and sold a lens as well. Everything went smooth. Great crowd.
     
  6. rebby macrumors 6502

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  7. johnnj macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. After 11 years of mostly selling and some buying I've never had a fraud related problem that didn't ultimately get ironed out with no real damage to me except some wasted time.
     
  8. gameface macrumors 6502

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    You have to pay to list anything on FredMiranda buy/sell. Photography on the Net is a good place but is more Canon oriented. Seriously, CL is a joke as you get nothing but extreme lowballs. For selling, I strictly use eBay or word of mouth but for buying I scour and wait for a good price to come up.

    And be warned, it is a sellers market right now. With all the stuff going on in Japan the prices have skyrocketed. I got a 7D a few months ago for $1300 off FM with a few hundred clicks and now they are easily going for $1600 used.
     

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