The Crucial Steps to Consider When Selling A Camera
How to sell your used camera quickly and easily
If you’re looking to sell your used camera, these tips will help you to get a quick sale and a good price for your old equipment.
Photography can be an expensive hobby but selling your used equipment can give you a bit of extra cash that you can use to help fund your photographic purchases. When selling your camera, there are crucial things you need to consider in order to achieve a quick sale and a fair price.
Where to sell?
One of the first things you need to consider is how and where to sell your used equipment. Many people choose to go through online auction sites site such as eBay. These can be a good option as they offer a level of protection for sellers, however they do take a small amount of commission and a high level of competition means there’s no guarantee of a quick sale. Online marketplaces such as Gumtree or Craigslist don’t charge commission, meaning you keep 100% of the profits, but the lack of seller protection means that you need to be wary of potential scams. If you’re not digitally-minded, you could even go down a more traditional route by selling at a car boot sale or via a free-ads publication.
However, if you’re looking for a quick and convenient sale, you may want to go through a company or individual that specialises in selling second-hand photographic equipment. With an immediate quote and immediate payment (upon receipt and approval of the camera) it takes all the effort and hassle out of selling your old and unwanted camera. The one downside is that the dealer will take their own cut, but to our mind, the convenience more than makes up for the slightly lower profit.
What’s your price?
Setting the right price is key when it comes to selling your used photographic equipment. You don’t want to put yourself out of pocket by pricing it too low, but equally you don’t want to deter potential buyers with a price that is too high. To find a price that works for both parties, take some time to look at used camera websites or eBay to get an idea of what people are paying for similar items. This will then help you to set a reasonable price for your own equipment, enabling you to increase your chances of a sale.
Increasing your chances of a sale
Wherever you decide to sell your equipment, you want to ensure a quick sale and a fair price – and for this you need to ensure that your camera is in tip top condition (or as close as you can get it). Cameras can easily pick up a lot of dust, dirt and marks through day-to-day use, so giving your camera a good clean will instantly help to give it a new lease of life. Wipe down the body with a microfibre cloth and some methylated spirit, and don’t forget to pay attention to the gaps in the body where dust, sand and grit tends to collect. This can usually be cleared with the use of an air blower or small brush.
It also helps to take some good quality photographs that will help to showcase your camera in the best possible light.
By taking the time and effort to do a bit of research, get your equipment looking its best, and find the right sales platform, you should be able to sell a used Canon camera with no problem. And with that extra money in your pocket, the only thing you need to worry about is what exciting bit of kit to invest in next.