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Switching Gears: How To Sell All Your Used Camera Gear {And Buy A Whole New Kit}

By Hanssie on January 27th 2015

Well, I did it. This weekend, I sent off all my Canon gear – my 5DMII, even my Rebel xti, lenses, flashes, extender tubes, and extra batteries to a used camera store to get a quote. He’s sending me a check tomorrow. A part of me feels empty and a part of me feels excited. After my review of the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, I decided I just could not live without the mirrorless. The final nail in the coffin was shooting a wedding last weekend with my typical (boring) Canon gear and really missing that X-T1. So, pulled the trigger. I decided to sell it all and make the switch. Here are some tips if you are considering doing the same.

An Emotional Process

I began my career with a Canon Rebel kit bought from Costco almost 8 years ago. Like most “mommy togs,” I bought it because I loved taking photos of my favorite subject – my baby girl. It evolved into a career and I was able to pick up my first “pro” lens – the Canon 24-105mm f/4. After my first year, my mom and dad who’ve always supported me in all my crazy notions, decided to buy me the just released Canon 5D Mark II and a couple of flashes. Somewhere along the way, I also picked up a 50mm f/1.4 and that completed my kit. Simple, nothing fancy, but that kit (along with renting the 70-200mm) took me through hundreds of portrait sessions and weddings. My Canon kit and I have been through a lot and so giving it all up for something completely foreign to everything I knew and have worked with, well, it’s actually a very scary and an emotional process.

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Me and my trusty Canon Rebel xti…a loooonnnggg time ago when I didn’t know how to use it

I know the Canon brand, I know the camera, I know the lenses, I know the accessories. For Fuji, I’m not totally sure what lenses they have, what flash systems work with it, the correct battery to use, etc. I’m thankful I have Anthony Thurston, our product review editor (and recent Fuji convert), who has answered all of my questions thus far. But goodbyes are rough, even when it’s just an inanimate object and even if you’ve been bored with that object for a while now. My Canon and I have been through a lot together and packing it all up in boxes was actually much tougher than I expected.

Where to Sell Your Gear

There are many options when it comes to selling your gear. There isn’t one option that is a one size fits all and depending on your needs, one option might work better for you than another.

1. A Local Camera Store

If you want the easiest option with the least amount of stress, selling or trading in your gear at a local camera store is a great bet. They will look at your equipment and offer you a price for it. You can negotiate or accept their offer and you walk away with store credit or a check. You’ll most likely get the least amount of money than the other options I’ll list here, but you can avoid the hassle of having to photograph it, list it, collect payment on it and ship it – or meet someone sketchy from Craigslist.

This is actually the option I went with. I sent all my stuff to a camera store where my friend works, they paid for shipping and offered me a price that was a bit lower than I’d hope for. I negotiated for a bit more and we settled on a price. I got the check in the mail and it was easy. Could I have gotten a higher price if I went with another option? Probably, but for me, the hassle free transaction, being able to get rid of all my equipment at once and having a check in hand so I can turn around and buy my Fuji kit was worth it to me.

2. KEH.com

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This is the online quote I got from KEH. Not bad.

KEH is a solid and reputable option. Many photographers trust them to give a fair price and you are able to input your equipment for a quote on the spot. You then send your gear in and their staff will inspect your gear, which takes anywhere from 7-10 business days and they give you a final quote. If you accept the quote, they will send you a check or money via PayPal. If you don’t accept it, they will send all your gear back to you free of charge.

KEH has a reputation for great customer service. If you’re in the market to buy a used lens, I hear they offer warranties and their products are in great condition. Again, you won’t get as much for your gear than if you sold it yourself, but you are paying for the hassle free experience.

3. B&H and Adorama

Again, both are very reputable, but both will offer you lower prices than the rest. Out of all three of the above, B&H gave me the lowest offer using their online quote calculator. Both companies offer free shipping to have your gear shipped over and phone quotes as well in the event you want to speak to a real person.

4. eBay

You can probably get the most for your gear using this option as you can set your price minimum and let people bid to their hearts content. There are a few drawbacks though: you will need quality photos of your equipment (your own photos of your gear will instill more confidence for people who are shopping), a high seller rating so that people know you are legit and you get all the hassle of advertising, listing and shipping that comes with selling on eBay. This is why I avoided eBay like the plague. Too much effort on my part (I’m lazy).

5. Craigslist

I’m always leery of selling or buying from Craigslist. I mean it has worked for me in the past; I’ve gotten a practically new vacuum, and have sold bookcases, baby toys and even a car on Craigslist, but I’m always worried about the people that I meet. There are so many stories of people getting robbed or even killed over Craigslist transactions. For me, that’s just not worth it, not for camera equipment. I know many people that have had lots of luck buying and selling via CL, but I didn’t want to take the risk, plus I didn’t want to be responsible for selling it all, piece by piece. Who knows how long that would take and I wanted my new camera right away.

My 5DII and I have seen many adventures, weddings and portrait sessions together.

My 5DII and I have seen many adventures, weddings and portrait sessions together.

6. Facebook Groups/Social Media

I’ve seen many people post about selling their gear in their statuses and also in groups/communities specifically geared toward selling photography equipment. There are brand specific groups, photography clubs, community college departments, shootout groups and more. Just do a search on Google or type in ‘used camera gear’ in your search bar in Facebook to see what pops up. The same issues apply though – you have to go through the hassle of listing and selling and following the rules of that particular Facebook community.

A Few Tips When Selling Your Gear

These are just a few things that helped me when I sold my gear.

1. When you buy new gear, make sure to keep the boxes, and along with it the manuals, warranty cards and all the straps, cords and discs. I kept everything and so when it came time to package and ship it all out, I went to my storage unit, collect the boxes and put my gear in. Easy peasy.

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You can’t accuse me of “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”

 

2. Make sure you remove all the memory cards, added hand straps, batteries, etc before you ship/sell

3. Treat your gear nicely. Matthew Saville is notorious for banging up his gear, most recently letting his Nikon DSLR and Sigma lens take a little swim in the ocean. Protect your gear as much as you can. Use a protector for your screen, make sure you send it in for servicing, etc. You’ll be able to command a better price.

4. Sell at the right time. When is the ‘right’ time? Well, I’m hearing of more and more people jumping the DSLR ship for mirrorless and as companies like Sony and Fuji continue on their path of ridiculously awesome camera/lens making, it’s going to become more common. If you’re looking to upgrade to the next new camera body or lens, listing your equipment as early as possible, perhaps after the announcement or release date, might be a good bet. Personally, I decided to sell sooner rather than later since my camera gear wasn’t getting any younger and rumors of the Mark IV were getting more frequent.

Conclusion

Selling my entire Canon kit was both easier and more difficult than I thought it would be. I did not expect that I would get so emotional about parting with it, or so fearful to try an entirely new system. Actually selling it was quite easy since I decided that it was more important for me to have piece of mind and less stress (I already have enough stress in my life) than a few hundred dollars. If you’re thinking of selling your gear, what a process it is! I hope some of these tips will help you in your quest.

If you’re on the opposite end and are looking to buy used camera gear, check out this article: HOW TO BUY PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK.

Do you have experience selling your gear? Any advice you’re willing to share? Feel free in the comment section below.

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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  1. Cody Slingerland

    For anyone looking for a place to sell their gear, and keep the most amount of their money, I’d recommend selling your gear on Grid50: http://grid50gear.com/

    The selling fees are only 3.5% compared to 10% on eBay. Plus, it’s a site dedicated to only photo and video gear.

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  2. David Peacock

    Got an online quote from KEH for my lens, so i sent it in. I haven’t hear anything from them in over a week , there is no way to check the quote status online because i didn’t do it under an account. Now KEH has my lens and I’m in the dark with no money and no word from KEH.

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  4. Karthik Mathivanan

    M.karthik

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  5. Dan Weise

    https://fairpict.com is working great! easy to use!

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  6. Rory Flames

    Most of the time I’m using the local adds to sell my gear but I have just found out about this new site https://fairpict.com/ I wanted to share because I think it looks pretty good and the commission is lower than on the other big sites for the sellers.
    I think I’ll give it a try…

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  7. Megan Allen

    I made a switch, but it was from Canon to Nikon. :) I experienced the same sadness when I sold my first camera, along with Canon’s 135mm. I still miss that lens, but I don’t regret the switch at all.

    Maybe someday I’ll snag a mirrorless…but I think I’m going to wait on them to catch up just a smidge more. :)

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  8. Mike Kropf

    I just got a quote from KEH for my 1dx and they offered me a good $1600 less than what they’re going for used on Amazon. Maybe not the best option.

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  9. Alexander Panzeri

    In this period I’m looking to upgrade with another body my bag, because I need as I’m a sailing photographer and something better than the Canon eos 500d is a mandatory, in particular have a backup.
    so my first source is ebay!
    here some key-points:
    – DON’T COPY specifications from canon website, if I’m looking for a specific model, I’m already know them, it’s boring and useless
    – SHOW THE SHOT COUNTER!!! for Nikon I don’t know, but now for canon it’s very easy and free to know it!!! it will change completely the price of the item, because you know how much it has been used (for example my eos 500d is about 60’000 shot so it’s really heavy used)
    – CHECK COMMON PRICE it’s idiot ask 800€ if all the others ask 500€ even if it’s mint new, if the new version (Mk II it’s already out)
    – SHOW THE SERIAL NUMBER: today we have LensTag, that let me know if the camera has been stolen!!! SO USE LENSTAG.COM!!!
    – FOR APPLE iDevice, remember to say that you restore to factory and delete the items from your list in the account and Find My iPhone/iPad

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    • robert garfinkle

      I had 146,000 shots on my D800 – you’d thunk I was in the business or I did not know what I was doing… admittedly, t’was the latter. Yet listed shutter count just the same. But, two things bout that. Nikon service said simply the shutter can way way exceed the written life expectancy, they had a D300 in with over 3 million shutter actuations and still ticking in for service with the sentiment it was more common than not to have shutter counts up in those numbers and still work just great. btw – Nikon service I am referring to is Authorized Photo in Morton Grove Il, and yes, Nikon is the only thing they service… they’re great…

      the second aspect I wanted to note. the camera was immaculate, not a scratch / blemish on it.. take care of your cams if possible.

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    • Alexander Panzeri

      Robert Garfinkle, you are right, even Canon has longer life, but on statistics it’s more easy to have a fail; I covered the national championship of J24 Class and I brought the camera to check, just before another national championship, and even if I was below the max guarantee number of shots, they have to change the trigger button system (I also changed the OS of the Sigma Lens too).
      However as I said, it’s an index of the activity of the owner; in my case my eos 500d is really tortured, and it’s why I’ll keep even later to do experiments and co.

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  10. Scott Pacaldo

    went to KEH to check how my current setup is valued. as much as I want to switch to Fuji, the quote I got from KEH is not enough.. sad

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  11. Dawn Eshelman

    I did the same thing over the holidays! ;) Unfortunately I either wasn’t aware of, or didn’t check out KEH, and now I wish I did ;( I did check out Adorama (whom I’ve purchased from before), and B&H. Adorama offered free shipping (which I suspect is actually deducted from their offer) both there and back. B&H did not offer free shipping, which may be because I live in Hawaii.

    I had sent a Nikonos system to Adorama in the past, and was only offered $50 for it! I was shocked, and had them send it back. It had a Nikonos III, Nikonos V, 28mm lens, two 35mm lenses, brand new SB105 strobe, full set of Helix tubes and framers, pelican case, etc.

    This time, I sent a Canon G12, Canon T1i, Canon 60D, 18-55 lens, 55-250 lens, brand new Canon camera case, and the Nikonos system again. B&H was not interested in Nikonos, and gave me an on-line quote of $598. Adorama would not give me an online quote. It took Adorama several weeks to give me a quote, and I was very disappointed in an offer of $420.

    Unfortunately, I had purchased a Sony A6000 with 16-50 lens, 55-210 lens, and 50 prime lens from Adorama, prior to shipping my stuff. Maybe if I had waited until after, I could have used it for some leverage for a better offer ;)

    I have purchased many items from Adorama in the past, and spent thousands of dollars with them. I thought that, plus just purchasing a new system would stand for something, but I guess not. I did not receive responses to most of my emails to various people at Adorama, and found them to be blunt, and not very friendly.

    Regardless, the deed is done, and you’re right! It is hard to let go of old gear. I have yet to really get out and use the Sony yet, but am looking forward to it ;)

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  12. Michael Old

    If you know you are going to be buying equipment from the same store, you can try asking for more in a store credit. Some places are happy to offer more if they know they can make a profit from selling your old equipment and make a profit from selling you new equipment

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  13. Jason Boa

    I felt so happy about ditching all my canon gear , I liked the cameras but hated the company and it’s lack of respect for professional photographers who put them where they are now Not amateurs who they seem to now be telling they can now be pros too .

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  14. Basit Zargar

    really helpful

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  15. Scot Tumlin

    Hi Hanssie,

    I went thru a similar scenario over the holidays selling my canon gear (5dmk2, 7d and lenses) and getting Sony mirroless (a7r & a6000). And my first digital camera was a rebel XT, heck my first slr was a (film) canon at-1. Yep I’m old. But it’s not the years, it’s the mileage…ok fine it’s actually the years :)

    My reasons for switching, made it (emotionally) easier. I was looking for good quality at a smaller weight and size footprint. Once I flipped that switch, selling my canon gear was an easier decision.

    But it can be tough , specially when we see our cameras as trusty sidekicks, etc.

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  16. David Blanchard

    Sony is here and Canon will be outahere shortly. Good article.

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  17. Dave Haynie

    Good advice.. particularly if you’re going to “jump ship” all at once. I’ve never quite done that.

    I started out in middle-school with a Konica Rangefinder S-2… still have that one. Picked up some used Canon Leica-mount rangefinders from the 1950s at one point, and I kept that system alive through the days of film, adding a Leica IIIc and a variety of lenses.

    I started my Olympus OM-system in the 1970s, in High School… mostly window washing money, some birthdays and Christmases, and the occasional photo for the local paper. I still have all of that, so some of it’s out on loan to my niece, who’s becoming very serious about photography.

    After Olympus went out of the SLR business, I eventually bought a Canon EOS Rt, and so it was logical to follow that up with a Rebel Ti, 60D, and currently a 6D. I gradually transitioned out a number of APS-only lenses to FF-capable lenses, both Canon and non-Canon.

    I’ve always kept a point-and-shoot or two, for those occasions that don’t lend themselves to bringing the SLR system along. And yet, I’ve nearly always been annoyed at the quality of the P&S output. So some years back, when Micro Four-Thirds was getting started, I picked up an Olympus PEN E-M1 and couple of lenses. Not 100% satisfied with the IQ, but far above that of any of the P&S models I had found, and not much larger.

    And last year, I picked up an OM-D E-M5. That didn’t replace the Canon, but it’s getting used much more. It’s not as good in all cases, but for 80% of what I shoot, it’s good enough to not make an important difference. No plans to sell the Canon yet, but it’s not getting as much use.

    I really can’t see dropping one system… I like to “date” for awhile… really get to know everything these is about a new camera — where’s it’s good, where it comes up short, etc. They all get used… I even picked up two of the Fujifilm X-series P&S models, which are the first of the sort (small pocket X-F1, “bridge” X-S1) that didn’t disappoint almost immediately. Fujifilm, at least, understands diffraction-limits. Not sure other P&S vendors do. And of course, they both shoot raw, which my Canons and Panasonics didn’t.

    As for selling, I have sold some of my older gear, like the Leica-mount cameras, on eBay with some success. But it’s enough of an annoyance — as you said, good photographs are a key, I use my Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro for much of that, with studio lighting and a nice light-but-not-blazing-white backdrop).

    The other things I’ve found worthwhile for old gear: give it to a kid. Those older P&S models that didn’t bite the dust at a concert or festival or hiking trip have found their way to my kids, my wife, other people. A bunch of the APS series lenses for the Canon went to my neice, and she’s making good use of them. Sure, it’s perhaps worthwhile to sell ’em off if you have enough gear to be “real money” (as defined by: can I buy something for my new/existing system with that cash). On the other hand, every time she sends me photos shot with the wide or tele zooms, I’m getting the best kind of return on my investment!

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    • Hanssie

      That’s a great idea! I thought about giving the Rebel to my 10 year old, but not until I had already shipped it off. Oh well, I suppose someday she’ll be getting my X-T1 anyhow.

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  18. robert garfinkle

    I remember jumping from my D7000 and DX lenses to my D800, that was a big jump…

    Strangely, I sold my D7000 for 83% of what I paid for it, retaining almost it’s full value – it was a time period when Nikon had a short supply of them / backordered, and I was being nice, whereas others were selling used kits for full retail – I did not feel that taking advantage of a buyer like that, plus my D7000 sold 48 hours after posting it.

    I kept experiencing selling off the rest of my lenses etc for no less than 75% of retail – it was as if I paid one large rental fee… :) for using it a year. not bad…

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  19. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Thanks for the tips!!!

    You’re not making it easier for us to hold on to our gear ;)
    Add today’s article by Mr. Thurston about Fuji’s possible move to a bigger sensor, with recent lenses that might already support it, and I’m running out of reasons not to switch.

    I guess next week’s (amazing/disappointing?) announcements from Canon could be the final nail in the coffin.

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    • Hanssie

      Canon’s recent announcements have been more disappointing than amazing unfortunately…

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Sadly I know :( Which is why this is the last chance I’m willing to give them.
      Chances are I’ll be poor in a couple of weeks ;)

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  20. Chet Meyerson

    Excellent article and advise. Your analysis is spot on!

    When I switched from Sony (SLT) to Nikon (DSLR), I used Craigslist for one item and eBay for all the other. I shoot photos of all my equipment as though I was hired to do so, saved all the boxes etc. For me, eBay worked fine but I do have a perfect score and over a hundred transactions.

    The camera stores I found for me were just too big a hit to accept the offers. I didn’t try KEH so maybe that would have been OK. Being in Atlanta, not sure how I missed that.

    Switching is tough, emotional and financially. But after you have then begins all the fun to relearn our craft all over again with new tools of the trade.

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    • Hanssie

      I’m glad eBay worked for you. I know lots of people have great luck with eBay and CL.

      I’m truly surprised how emotional it was! I didn’t think I was so attached to my gear like that. And yes, I do look forward to learning everything there is to know about the Fuji — if only that Blizzard would let up enough so they can ship me my camera!

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    • Rieshawn Williams

      Keh is in Atlanta?

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    • robert garfinkle

      @ HANSSIE – attached? you bet. I mean c’mon, regardless of whether or not you are a pro / personal, you are shooting memories, right – yours or someone else’s and especially when a lens or camera worked so well with you, kinda like your bud – hate to give a piece of equipment some sort of life; you trusted it as an extension of you – or am I way off base…

      Like, I just sold my Nikon 28mm 1.8 which was my go to lens. right up to 20 minutes before it sold I was debating on whether to pull it from Amazon, as I knew what images were taken with it and joy it brought me… ok, goofy. But, I was looking to get the Nikon 20mm 1.8 and it did not make sense to keep both. it was still difficult to let go.

      is that the emotional attachment you refer to?

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    • Hanssie

      KEH is in a town called Smyrna, GA…according to Google.

      @Robert, you’re absolutely spot on. It not only has my entire photographic career, it’s been on more field trips, vacations, and family gatherings than my brother haha. It’s been through a divorce and years of first days of school photos and it was purchased for me by my parents. Sentimental for sure.

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    • Chet Meyerson

      Smyrna is basically a suburb of Atlanta,. The used to be right downtown.

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    • robert garfinkle

      KEH partners with other photography shops and will show up and do buy back / trade programs with them. A good example, Wolf Camera (a.k.a. Ritz Camera) had an event called a trade in your gear event, yet it was run / managed by KEH.

      KEH also has repair programs, for a fixed price (no pun intended) they will fix you gear (i.e. lenses are $120 to fix etc…)

      BTW @HANSSIE – Can an article be done on “Where have all the photography dealers gone!” – like they are disappearing. The brick-n-mortar stores are falling to the wayside (i.e. Calumet Photo etc..). I live in the Chicago area, and they are all but disappeared. Calumet Photo went belly up a while back, bought up by some unknown firm and has re-emerged with 1.5 stores in our general area but they are not the same…

      Anyway don’t mean to distract from the thread / topic but if you are from the Chicago area especially the northern suburbs you are essentially 40 to 70 miles away from a good good photo dealer…

      Camera equipment, to me, is like jewelry in the sense that you want to touch it, wear it and or try it out, and you cannot do that with Adorama, B & H photo, or KEH for that matter.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I haven’t sold anything to KEH, but I bought a used Canon F-1N from them and they replaced it with their 6 month warranty when I had a problem with the meter.

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  21. robert garfinkle

    Traditionally, I have not so much opted to dump my “whole” gear line (e.g. Nikon for Canon), but sell a camera or lens upgrade…

    But, the approach would be the same… Here are things I do to ensure it’s in best condition for resale.

    1. When you first get your camera (or lens) – DON’T just tear open a box, rip plastic (if possible) or even throw away a warranty card or open booklets etc… – open the box carefully, open / unwrap / remove packaging around the product / parts as carefully as you can, or use a scissors to cut plastic wrap in a manner in which you can place a part back in it’s wrap for resale. Put your box away in a safe place. Ultimately, if you will resell the item it will show the buyer you cared (ok, some might see you were obsessive / anal retentive) but there is no greater feeling when buying used, it still feels / looks new, right? Note, if the warranty / registration can happen online, do so – even though the item could have an expired warranty a new / fresh warranty card does at least give the “new” perception. And your product’s printed manuals – leave in the package, if an online equivalent exists, use it instead. Unopened manuals also make it appear new, right?

    2. When you first get your camera (or lens) – ask yourself, do you need to use everything in the box – is your old battery still good? do you need that new strap, leave these things wrapped and leave in the box. For lenses, same thing, do you need to use the pouch etc… This way, the more unopened items you have, the greater chance you have at justifying selling the item at top price.

    3. Use your camera / lens, but take care of it; have it serviced by a pro, and treat your service of the cameras (or lens) like a car oil changes, keep a record. Keep it as clean as you can. And get insurance (not extended warranty).

    4. If you sell your items online –
    a. take pictures of item, at least 6 – make sure you have close ups, and they are sharp. If you item has imperfections, blemishes, damage, take pictures of that too.
    b. take pictures of camera / lens outside / beside the box.
    c. Be 100% Honest – write up a complete description of what’s included, mention that some of your items are still new never used if applicable (i.e. battery, strap, covers, instructions, etc), make sure defects are noted clearly refer to images if warranted. Include service details if possible – some online sellers forbid these details but you can communicate with potential buyers and send them that info.

    5. before shipping – make sure your product is ready to ship.

    6. when shipping – protect yourself, make sure you insure through the shipper. Amazon makes a point the burden is on you, the buyer will ALWAYS get their money back, you may not. Use a reliable carrier.

    In a nutshell, treat your new product as if you are going to resell it, from the moment you get it. You want to ensure that when you do sell and ship it – it will be a permanent sale and not one that comes back.

    as for what you sell it for – can’t comment on that, but if the above measures are taken, whatever your price is, the care you took most probably warrants you to categorize you item as “used – like new” with descriptions like excellent condition etc…

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    • Hanssie

      Great tips, Robert! You should’ve written this article :)

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    • robert garfinkle

      Well thanks so much, that was nice to hear…

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    • robert garfinkle

      I also, do one last service call on the camera before I sell it, and add those details in the description if I can…

      I get the sensor cleaned at a minimum, and I also ask the servicer, to write the condition of the camera on the receipt, they’ll do it – therefore, if you send that piece of information to the buyer, it’s pretty much / similar to a certification…

      Listen, if I were to sell a D800 for 1600.00, I will spend $45 on a sensor cleaning if it means a “sale”, and more important if the buyer puts a 5 star rating on the purchase, I think it’s worth $45.00 every time…

      one more thing – ask for a review. If you have followed all the steps, in this article or responses in this thread, then you are being honest and giving the buyer the best possible product, and that is worth a great review, right? I mean c’mon, you are probably gonna sell again, you don’t want to be the person lowballing a price just to get a sale – with no ratings, you want to be a trusted seller with 5 star ratings getting a great price, one you and the buyer are both happy with.

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    • Riley Johnson

      I do most of these steps whenever I buy something that can be resold, whether it be camera gear, computer parts, or car performance parts. There will always be the day that you want to upgrade, and there will always be someone that will want what you have used.

      You can still buy old camera’s and lenses, car parts (chips and such), and slightly used computer parts, which means there is a market for such things. So keep your boxes, manuals, warranty cards, even the plastic wrapping. It makes a difference in the presentation when you are about to sell things. Being able to say that you have all the original packaging, including the plastic inside the box, is a great indication of how the gear has been taken care of.

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  22. John Cavan

    Did the big switch a couple of years ago with a Pentax to Nikon move. I found that dedicated forums (notably Pentax Forums) was a good option and sold most of my gear that way using PayPal to collect. I second the “keep the boxes” mantra as doing that made it really easy to ship safely and securely, one of my camera bodies was shipped from Canada to Australia and came through in perfect working order.

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    • Hanssie

      Oh yeah! Forums would be a great way to go! Thanks for the tip!

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  23. Greg Silver

    I always say don’t delay. If you’re sitting on the fence debating whether or not to sell your gear and make a switch – make a decision. Technology doesn’t slow down and older models continue to lose their value so if you want the most return on your investment – sell fast.

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    • Hanssie

      Very wise words. One I didn’t think about until way late into the decision process. It ended up being one of the final decision makers.

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    • David Hall

      So very true Greg… absolutely sound advice.

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  24. Ashton Pal

    Be careful if anyone decides to sell your gear using Craigslist or Kijiji. When you’re going to meet a potential buyer, always let someone else know the date, time, name of the person and location where you will be. In some cases, have someone else with you just to be on the safe side. We’ve all heard about nightmare incidents where people have been robbed and gotten hurt when meeting with someone in person.

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    • Hanssie

      Exactly. Public places and don’t go alone!

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    • Donna Jewell

      Another option is to meet in front of the local police station. Some stations have started to push this option.

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  25. Aaron Cheney

    I love that you decided to switch!! I SOO want the X-T1 but I don’t think I can sell all my Canon gear quite yet. I think I will get the X-T1 and use it for portraits and what not and have the Canon as a back up until I can fully switch to Nikon. Then I would use the Fuji for portraits and traveling :)

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    • Hanssie

      Whoa! You’re doing a double switch? Canon to Fuji to Nikon? Brave man!

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    • Aaron Cheney

      Haha! I have only ever used Canon for 11 years. In the beginning I was basically told Canon or nothing. I have been doing more and more research on Nikon and have recently used some of their Cameras and fell in love with them. The Fuji is a beautiful little camera with a lot of power. Great for work and play. Plus carrying a full body full frame Canon or Nikon around for non work related adventures can be quite tiring.

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    • Hanssie

      Tell me about it. My chiropractor likes it…I’m contributing to his kid’s college fund. But no more. Lightweight gear is on the horizon!

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  26. Albert Evangelista

    mirrorless cameras have gained so much traction in these recent years, I see difficult decisions ahead for me… :(

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    • Hanssie

      I didn’t think I would switch….but…well, never say never. :)

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