What is good YouTube, it’s that1cameraguy back at it again with another video. In this episode, I answer a viewer question who asked what my thoughts are on buying used gear. I’ll tell you now that it’s a great way to save money. I would never have been able to try a variety of cameras and lenses if I didn’t opt to buy used gear. So to make this video useful, I want to share with you some tips.
When buying used gear, always ask questions and for pictures. It’s the most obvious thing out there, but ask, ask and ask. There is nothing wrong with that. And honestly, it’s weird, but there are people online who are trying to sell a camera or lens and they post some of the worst images I’ve ever seen. SERIOUSLY, just staph.
I could be looking for a lens and the picture they took was with a potato camera and it’s blurry. You would at least imagine that the person selling camera gear has some photography skills to get some more light and take some better angle photos, but instead you get the worst photography ever. Plus, they don’t ever clean the equipment. GADH.
But you know what, sometimes this is a good way to get a good price. If the lens/camera don’t look appealing, it might not sell for much and you can bargain for a better price.
I don’t use craigslist for used gear, but I do here folks getting good deals. I would just recommend those of you going this route to meet in a public location and have some way to test the equipment/gear out.
Facebook Market Place. I never used it, not sure if it still exsit, but I’ve heard some success from people.
eBay is honestly the best when it comes to buying used because you’re typically protected as the buyer if something happens. I’ll tell you a little story. About 2-3 years ago, I bought a Canon 5DC because I wanted to test it out, and prices were cheap enough for me to do it. Well anyway, I get the package from the seller, and I open up the box, and guess what was inside. A canon 40D, what the heck! It’s funny, because a month earlier, I sold my Canon 40D. I was like, I really don’t need one of these.
Anyway, the seller was fortunately sensible and worked out the arrangement of getting the right camera sent to me, so no foul there. It just kind of sucked to have to deal with that whole situation. I honestly felt more bad for the seller.
So, I do buy used gear from eBay, but another great place are forums.
The forum I typically visit is Canon Digital Photography Forum. It has a pretty decent buy/sell marketplace. I’ve sold and purchased items there through the years. I do recommend building an account first. Don’t just sign up to try and sell stuff, actually participate in the community. But man, deals go down in that forum from time to time that you wish you were there to snipe it. I know I recently made a purchase of the Sigma 18-35 and Sigma 50-100. The person selling it had some personal expenses they needed to make and sold the two at a pretty decent price, much less than retail. They looked new still as he barely bought them, so I picked them up. Got the lenses later and they worked great.
So to answer the question, buy used gear. Most camera gear is meant to be abused here and there, and they’ll stand up to the test of time. I even bought a Canon 1DC with 80,000 shutter clicks, but I’ll leave that story for another day.
Let me know if the comment section below, what your buy/sell gear stories are. Did you get a good deal? Did you get scammed? What happened? Let me know so I can continue the conversation down below.
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