How to sell current equipment?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ijohn.8.80, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    Howdy All,

    I am looking to sell nearly all of my current DSLR setup for something better that I have my eye on and am unsure how to go about it.

    Should I sell through fleabay, being based in Australia, should I bother listing it internationally, when postage overseas may be the prohibitive part of the sale? Is there another alternative? We have Gumtree, that's a Craigslist alternative, but, I feel this is open to being taken advantage of. Do any of the specialist secondhand camera sites work here in Oz?

    Would you recommend selling it all as a job-lot or breaking it all up and selling off things individually?

    Thanks for any assistance you all may have.

  2. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    We sell most of our old equipment via the consignment desk at a major camera store. They get a percentage....but is it both our interests for them to sell at max price point.
  3. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Put it up on Gumtree but don't offer shipping, and allow to meet up in person. This is probably the easiest and safest way to sell (provided they don't rob you at the meet up... )

    Try it as a lot first, if that doesn't work revise your sale and break it up individually.
    You're more likely to sell and more likely to get a higher total price selling individually.

    International shipping may be a good idea since our dollar is falling.

    If all else fails, go to eBay.
    You're more likely to make a good sale but will get hammered by their fees.
  4. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Here in the US, is probably the largest dealer of used camera gear, and they give a fair (wholesale) price for used gear. But whether it makes sense to try to deal with them from Australia, I couldn't say. But you could check their web site; they have a tool to estimate a price.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You may want to break it up if someone offers. Also, try
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    What about the Marketplace sub forum on here? I've seen Cannon DSLR's for sale there before.
  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Is this high-end gear. If you are looking to get over $1,000 then shipping is not such a big deal but if this is a 10 year old Canan Rebel body with 18-55 lens it is not worth shipping and would have to be sold locally. A Craigslist type sal is best for less expensive stuff because that is what peole are looking for and the market is larger

    But high-end gear is best advertised to a much larger market, even world wide. is a good place to sell higher end camera gear. ebay is not bad either.
  8. zombiecakes, Jul 8, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013

    zombiecakes macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    Never bundle stuff, nobody needs all the stuff you needed. Sell things like the manufacturer sells thing, body with kit lens, body only, lenses/flash separate. Dont expect people to pay extra for batteries/straps/bags, they can be used as an incentive to buy yours over someone elses but not at a higher price.

    I like selling stuff on Amazon, no listing fee and its fast with no bidding.
  9. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    FM is a really good place (you do have to pay $9.99 to list items you want to sell on their B/S forum). POTN is another good option (if you're selling Canon gear).
  10. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I have sold various camera items via Craigslist.

    What I believe is the best bet is to meet potential buyers in a very public place, also bring someone along and absolutely CASH ONLY.

    If you can, provide any and all written materials related to your equipment (manuals, proof of purchase date but not to be given just viewed by the buyer and warranty cards etc.)

    The smartest thing to do is if the person purchased your equipment, create a simple statement of the sale with 2 copies and you each sign it and keep a copy. If you are one for details, include the serial numbers of the items on that sales agreement.

    Never invite anyone to your home. Never let someone handle the equipment without being in a save environment (so they can't simply run off or drive off and so forth). To date, I have had zero problems and consider myself lucky. The only time I have had someone come to my residence was to purchase large items and again, always had someone with me (in this case it was a custom Mac Pro being sold to a video production studio).
  11. ijohn.8.80 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    Thanks to you all for your replies, it's appreciated.

    I think I'll list here and on an Aussie site for secondhand cameras initially and if that doesn't work, I'll move on to the local free selling site Gumtree, with separate prices for it all.

    Thanks again folks.

  12. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Fredmiranda and POTN are what I use. I usually use POTN but when my 5D Mark II didn't sell within 12 hours on there, I tried FM and it literally sold in 10 seconds. :D
  13. rodpascoe macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2006
    Truro, Cornwall

    I had great success selling lots of my gear on several of the FaceBook groups that have sprung up for buying and selling gear.

    The one that I sold my gear in was predominantly made up of professional photographers and the upside is zero selling costs.
  14. ijohn.8.80 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    Just out of interest, it's all gone apart from the Vivitar 400mm, which looks like I'll be keeping it! Not a bad thing actually, because the new camera body on its way to me has so much better performance in low light. I'll be interested to see how it goes when out on a bird walk.

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