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Selling Your Unwanted Photography Gear
Selling Unwanted Photography Gear Selling Unwanted Photography Gear

Since cameras and photography gear are constantly improving it is inevitable that you will eventually end up with gear that is now outdated and no longer wanted. Luckily there are several ways to sell your unwanted camera gear with ease.

B&H Photo is my preferred place to sell camera gear. They are one of the largest camera stores in the country. They buy camera gear and resell it both online and at their store in New York City. You simply fill out info on your gear and then mail your gear to them via UPS. They even cover the shipping. They buy your gear and you don’t have to wait for them to resell it to someone else for them to pay you. I recently sold a Sigma 20mm f/1.8 Lens to B&H for over $200. The entire process took a little under a month. The only downside is that because they are buying your gear to resell it you won’t get as much for your gear as if you were to sell it to someone who was going to use it. They are also not open on Jewish holidays.

Local camera stores are another option for selling used photography equipment. Unlike larger camera stores they probably won’t just buy your gear outright but instead will sell it on commission, this is what Meijer Camera in Midland does. The downside to this option is that your item can sit for a very long time without selling and the store usually takes a large cut of the final sale. I have an Tokina 12-24mm lens sitting at Meijer Camera Store since mid 2013 that I have been trying to sell.

Craigslist or eBay can also be good places for selling used camera gear. The main advantage to one of these sites is that you can get higher prices because in most cases you will be selling directly to the person using the gear and not to someone who is trying to resell it for profit. If you live in an area with less people interested in photography eBay is probably the better option because it allows you to sell your gear nation wide. If you live in an area where there is a higher interest in photography equipment Craigslist is a good choice. The downside to this option is it is more work to sell. You’ll have to take photos of your gear, deal with the buyer, and take care of shipping.

 

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