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Selling your camera gear is a great way to bring in income when you aren’t getting as many gigs as you used to. But, it can also be stressful because you want to get the best deal and selling camera gear online means you’re also worried about getting scammed.
So, we created this list of tips for selling your camera gear to help you sell your gear quickly and efficiently so you can get back to worrying about getting new clients.
Price Your Camera Gear Competitively
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The most important part of selling your camera gear is pricing it competitively. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources like this one from Gear Focus that teach you what other photographers have sold their cameras for before. Feel free to start your pricing journey here.
You can also check Amazon to find out what your used camera gear is currently selling for brand-new.
While I don’t recommend pricing your camera gear as cheaply as possible, try and stay within $100 of the lowest price you can find for expensive cameras.
Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Words
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The most important part of learning how to sell your camera gear is learning how to take excellent photos of it.
I often see photographers using stock images of their camera gear, which is a huge turn off for photographers. Make sure your photos clearly show your camera gear and make sure these photos are not blurry or underexposed.
You’ll also want to include photos of any part of your gear that isn’t in pristine condition. Does your lens have a scratch on it? Include a photo of the scratch.
Is the camera body a little scuffed up from a decade of use? Make sure you include pictures of this issue.
The last thing you want to do is resell your camera gear because the original buyer returned it. Pictures ensure potential buyers know what they can expect at their doorstep.
But Words Are Pretty Important Too
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This is another problem I see all of the time on used camera gear sites. Just because you included a ton of photos doesn’t mean you don’t need to also include a description of your camera.
I need to know how long you’ve had the camera for, whether you got it new or secondhand, and what the camera’s shutter count currently is.
I also need to know if everything in the picture is included. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine to see used cameras listed in photos next to extra batteries or lenses. Are those things included? I won’t know if you don’t tell me.
Be Clear About Your Shipping Policy
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When selling your camera gear, your shipping policy is almost as important to your buyers as the gear itself.
I’ll definitely choose a seller with a clear shipping policy over one without, and I’ll definitely choose a seller with a faster shipping policy over a slower one.
When building your shipping policy, make sure to include info about where you are and aren’t willing to ship your gear to, which shipping company you will be using, and the time frame that your buyer can expect their package within.
If you outline a clear shipping policy, selling your camera gear will be so much simpler.
Consider Every Offer
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This is another huge tip for selling your camera gear: consider every offer. I’m definitely not suggesting that you have to sell your gear to the first lowball offer you receive, but if you’re continually receiving lowball offers then there may be a problem with your posting or your gear.
Offers can tell you a lot about how well you built your posting.
Selling Your Camera Gear With Gear Focus
Now that you understand how to build a great posting for your used gear, you’re going to need to figure out where to post that gear.
I typically use Gear Focus and suggest other photographers do too.
Selling your camera gear with Gear Focus couldn’t be easier. Gear Focus has the lowest seller fees in the market at just 3.5%, which means you keep more money in your pocket.
They also allow you to post as many times as you could possibly want for free. But, most importantly, their customer service is top notch. God forbid you do have a problem with your posting or a buyer and can’t get in touch with a customer service agent.
You can tell that Gear Focus was built by and for photographers. Check out this resource on how to get started selling gear with them.