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Where is the best place to sell my very gently used DSLR?

Rachel Dean , Sep 16, 2010; 01:13 p.m.

Hi all,
I am trying to sell my very gently used Olympus E-600 DSLR and I have tried Ebay without success and don't know where else to post. I did just post on this site too. I am looking to upgrade my camera and can't do that without selling mine first! I am very new to this photography business and need help knowing where and how to sell!


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Rob Bernhard , Sep 16, 2010; 01:23 p.m.

"Without success" ? Meaning you didn't get any bids or meaning you didn't get anyone interested at that price?

Walt Flanagan , Sep 16, 2010; 01:57 p.m.

I will gladly buy your camera for $10 but I suspect you won't sell it for that low. KEH will probably buy it but you won't get as much as selling it on your own.

Craig Shearman , Sep 16, 2010; 01:59 p.m.

Try www.bhphotovideo.com and www.keh.com. Both buy and sell used cameras. Won't get as much as from an individual but no worries about whether the check will bounce.

JDM von Weinberg , Sep 16, 2010; 02:02 p.m.

As Rob says, maybe you're just asking too high a price for a starting bid.
The Olympus E-600 sells new for about US$750 and is still widely sold. Used camera and one lens on eBay have sold only below $500 as a rule -- the exceptions are for used ones with a bunch of lenses for the camera.

It is true that a lot more are being offered on eBay than are being sold.

No matter what you paid for it, its value is what somebody else will pay for it. You might find somebody on Craigslist who will pay more, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Michael R. Freeman , Sep 16, 2010; 02:04 p.m.

You will reach the widest potential audience of buyers via eBay. If you "tried without success" on eBay, then either your minimum asking price was too high, or your presentation needs work (clear sharp photos of the item for sale are very important). You also need to stand behind the sale and accept returns. If you offer something like an expensive digital camera with a "No returns" policy, that is only going to discourage interest in the item for many buyers. Also, you may have to re-list an item several times for it to sell, but if your price is realistic it will eventually sell.

You may get a higher net return by selling locally via Craigslist or similar, but obviously your potential buying audience will be much smaller, particularly if you do not live in a large city.

David Haas , Sep 16, 2010; 02:55 p.m.

keep in mind that KEH and other stores follow the motto - "we're in this to make money - not lose it..."

Which means - at most they will give you 50% of the retail value of the product. So if the retail / ebay price for that camera is $600.00 they will give you $300.00 Sometimes you can get a better deal at a local camera store - especially if you are buying a new something from them - kind of like trading in a car - they have a little more room to work if you are purchasing new from them.


Bob Boudreau , Sep 16, 2010; 03:20 p.m.

Have you done a search on eBay's completed auctions for your camera? It can be a help to see what similar ones have sold for. You'll probably see really high prices and some low prices, along with some "not sold" ones too. Check out those auctions have sold the camera, check out their presentation, photos, etc., to give you an idea how they did it.

I check eBay once in a while for older Canon FD cameras, and am amazed how some people start their auctions at $3-500 for a 30+ year old camera, while others are a whole lot more reasonable. Guess which ones usually sell?

Lindsay Ramstetter , Sep 16, 2010; 04:30 p.m.

I recommend taking it to the local camera store you plan to buy a new camera from. They tend to give you more than others will, in exchange for the purchase.

Alex Dannenbaum , Sep 16, 2010; 04:35 p.m.

I am a big fan of going local. I occassionally buy and sell used Canon DSLR camera bodies and lenses on Craigslist with good success. I would monitor the local Craigslist to see if there is an active market for your Olympus model. This will also give you a rough idea of the going market price. If you don't see a lot of activity for your camera, you can try posting anyway and see if you get any nibbles at your offering price.
Another option is to see if there are any Camera Fairs in your area. Get on their mailing list. At the camera fairs around here (San Jose/Bay Area) the market is evenly split between film and digital. At a used camera fair, there is almost always someone who will be interested in your camera if it is in good condition. If you can't find a local camera fair, you might check with camera clubs in your area. Someone there could probably direct you to the local used camera market.

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