Selling My Gear

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by CharlieBrandt09, May 13, 2015.

  1. CharlieBrandt09 macrumors 6502

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    Looking for advice on the best place to sell my gear.

    I would much rather sell everything as a complete package, but I will break it up if needed.

    Where would you recommend? I've sold things on CL before, but it can be sketchy. I'd also like to avoid the eBay route, if possible.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Go to keh.com They will give you an on-line quote then pay your shipping cost. Prices are of course below market but there is zero hassle and it can be done in 30 minutes. They are very easy to deal with

    eBay will fetch a higher price but it take a lot of time.
     
  3. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    You can also try listing your gear on photography forums such as Fred Miranda Forums. You do have to pay $9.99 to sell your gear on there, but you'll avoid paying eBay fees.

    I will note that it is pretty tough to sell all your gear as a package deal. I've tried it a few times with no success. I eventually gave in and just sold my gear separately.

    Best of luck!
     
  4. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    KEH or try any local camera store that does consignment selling of used stuff. Naturally, you can also let the members of camera clubs know.
     
  7. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    I've always had good luck selling on Craigslist... as long as you list it for a reasonable price, insist on cash in-person transactions, where you meet up at a convenient public location (Starbucks). I let them try out the gear... shoot a few photos, even load them onto their laptop if they want... it works really well for both parties. I'd buy on Craigslist, but I tend to find the cost of used gear too close the to price of new to bother... it's definitely a sellers market. It's amazing to me that someone will be happy to save $200 off $1200 on a used item. Crazy but it's a good way to sell.
     
  8. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    Well I can't view the thread. I have had excellent luck in general with craigslist. I also agree that the package deal is a tough sell. You essentially need to find someone who needs all of what you are selling or is willing to buy everything then go through the trouble of selling what they don't need.

    Far easier to find a guy that wants to upgrade bodies and a upsell him a nifty fifty while pushing a great portrait lens to someone else and so on. You will probably get better prices that way.
     
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  11. DevNull0 macrumors 65816

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    I checked Keh for my Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR2 (which there's no chance I will part with). They will pay $1200 for it in immaculate condition. And they sell it for $2100 used in the best condition category. I'd imagine if I split the difference and sold it at $1650, it would be easy to sell and I'd still have $450 more than Keh will pay. Plus the buyer will feel like they're getting a steal.

    It's just not worth dealing with companies like Keh.

    The big local camera chain around here "guarantees" they'll buy your gear back within the first year for 50% of the purchase price, as long as it works. 50% in one year. What a joke.
     
  12. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Our big store does consignment selling. They price stuff just low enough to sell in a few weeks and keep 20%.
     
  13. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    KEH is not a good place to sell a very popular item like the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR2. But it is a god place to unload, say a manual focus 80-200 f/2.8. You can sell the VR2 version anyplace yourself quickly but try unloading the manual focus version of that lens. KEH will buy today.

    The OP wants to sell a PACKAGE and this is going to be very hard unless he in effects gives away some of it. KEH will always buy a package.
     
  14. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    It's worth dealing with companies like that if you put a really high value on the time you'd spend looking for a buyer yourself.

    Funny you mentioned the 70-200 lens - I just got one open box at a local store over the weekend - they were selling it for $2100 (almost $600 off Canadian MSRP). Pretty steep discount for a big box store. Thankfully (for my savings account), it does not offer me enough of an IQ advantage to tolerate its bulk. Out of sheer curiosity I'm gonna test it out against the 200mm f/2 prime. Typically if I shoot telephoto, I go all the way to 200mm anyway.

    As for selling used stuff - I find it's best to sell privately to a local buyer, if that fails after a month, maybe go for eBay, but might just wait longer, unless you're eager to sell. I do the same thing when buying, and cutting out the middle man is a win-win for both sides.
     
  15. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    If you are in NJ, you could take a trip to NYc and see how much BH Photo will buy it from you. Or other camera shops in your area. or Tell a friend?
     
  16. DevNull0 macrumors 65816

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    It can be in some cases, but when it's a lens I can sell for $600 more in a couple of hours work, it's just crazy with a company like them. How much do you value your time that you'd consider throwing away $600 tax free for that?

    Any chance the local story was Henry's? They had it for $2000 Canadian brand new less then a year ago. It's insane how expensive some of this stuff has become since our dollar dropped. I was looking at the 105 Micro last year for $900, now it's on sale for $1100.

    I have to agree with you about that. The 2.8 is nice occasionally, but for the most part, I don't see much benefit over the 18-200mm (with both lenses on a DX body). To read the reviews, the super zoom is horrible quality, should only be used as a paperweight, etc. And the 70-200 is one of the best lenses Nikon has ever made. Yet in practice it's hard to tell which lens too the picture most of the time. I use the super zoom 90% of the time and when I do buy a full frame, I think my first lens will be the 28-300.

    Still, I bought the lens after a frustrating experience at the zoo where the 2 extra stops would have made a world of difference and the shallow dof wouldn't have hurt. So it has it's place, it's just not the magic that most reviews and forum whores seem to think it is.
     
  17. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    I never said I value my time that much. I'm saying somebody hypothetically could be in that position.

    The store was Best Buy near Eatons. I wonder if they will reduce it even further after I return it, of if they pretty much hit the floor with that price.

    My 18-200 is on 95% of the time. My only other lenses are 10.5mm fisheye (it's rare that it fits the shot, but when it does, it kicks ass), and the nifty fifty.

    Used to have 105 VR macro, bought it used, sold it for $50 more after a few years when I realized how rarely I bother to take it. It's a great lens, I just don't shoot the kind of stuff it excels at very often.
     
  18. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    Pfft, unless you're trying to rip someone off, just put a post on Craigslist and wait for results to happen. I have had great success on both sides of that deal. If you put a 70-200 out there for a reasonable price, and someone pays you for it in cash, not much to go wrong.

    It takes maybe 30 minutes. If your time is worth more than that, by all means take to the pawn shop or KEH.

    The thing is, are you in a big hurry to get the cash? I've been able to sell most items in a week or two, but have had a couple run up to a month.
     
  19. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    It really depends on the kind of item you're selling and the demand/supply in your area.

    Timing also matters.

    Casual shooters are more open to spending money on gear before Christmas, early spring/summer are also good as weather gets better and people start planing their outdoor photography outings.

    Like, it's really quiet and hard to sell photo gear in the middle of February here.
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  20. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    Still it is not a lot of work, just a bit of patience. Post and wait (and maybe wait and maybe repost), or eat 25-50% to get rid of it in a hurry.
     
  21. srshaw macrumors 6502

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    For the best price sell it on ebay individually. Obviously this is the most hassle.
     
  22. 36750177 macrumors newbie

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    Hey Charlie,

    You want to sell that D5200 ? How much ? And if you want to sell in the future I suggest posting a method to contact you cause I don't Twitter, Skype, or any other that ********. I tried Linked in but I can't seem to find a way to contact you without upgrading or some other crap. I don't want to upgrade. Keep it simple is my approach..\

    Send me a message through this site... or post your price
     
  23. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not sure why some can't view that link. It is still live. Maybe you need to be of a certain posting level? IDK? Anyway, here is what is listed in that link:

    - Nikon D5200 + Kit Lens - http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Digital...F8&qid=1431561392&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+d5200

    - Nikon 55-200 VR Lens: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-55-200m...8&qid=1431561442&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+55-200

    - Nikon 50mm f1.8 G: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-50mm-NI...d=1431561520&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+50mm+g+1.8

    - Nikon 35mm f1.8 G: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-35mm-1-...d=1431561555&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+35mm+g+1.8

    - Nikon SB700 Speedlight Flash: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-SB-700-...8&qid=1431561591&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+SB+700

    - Nikon WU-1a wireless adapter: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Wireles...F8&qid=1431561628&sr=1-1&keywords=nikon+wu-1a

    - Manfrotto Sling Bag: http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MB-...660&sr=1-1&keywords=manfrotto+sling+bag+white

    Package Price: $850

     
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  25. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    Not even that new, just don't prattle on like a lonely schoolgirl :)

    250 posts, it seems, to use the marketplace.
     

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