How to earn cash from your old camera
Selling your old camera doesn’t have to be a hassle. By following our tips you’re sure to achieve a quick sale and great price for your second hand equipment.
Selling an old camera is a great way to make a bit of extra cash, but there is a lot of competition out there and it’s not always easy to find a buyer. Luckily, we have some top tips that will help your camera to stand out from the competition, increasing your chances of a quick sale.
Sell at the right time
Selling your old camera is a great way to raise some extra cash but, before you rush in, take some time to consider whether it is the right time to sell. Some items sell more easily at certain times of the year and, for cameras, that time is summertime. During the summer, you can target all the people who are about to go on holiday and are looking for a snazzy new camera to help them capture and preserve their holiday memories.
Clean it up
Before putting your camera up for sale, it’s important to take the time to give it a good clean and get it looking its best. After all, a camera that is full of dust, marks and smears is unlikely to be attractive to buyers. To give your camera the best possible chance, take a soft, microfibre cloth and some rubbing alcohol and give the body a wipe over. An air blower, Lenspen or small brush can help to dislodge any dust and grit that has accumulated in the gaps of the camera body. Cleaning the lens is a bit more of a delicate operation but, as long as you are careful, it can be tackled with lens cleaner and a soft, lint-free cloth.
Set the right price
Now that your camera is ready to be sold, it’s time to consider how much you want to sell it for. Obviously, you want to make sure you make as much money as possible but, at the same time, you need to remember that it is a competitive market and a price that is too high could put off potential buyers. We advise doing a little bit of research and looking online to see what similar items are selling for and use that as a guide when setting the price for your own camera. It’s also worth considering if you have a minimum price that you don’t want to drop below. If you do (and it’s realistic), don’t be afraid to stick to your guns.
Find the best sales route
The next thing you need to decide is how and where to sell your camera. There are loads of options open to you – from selling it on an established online auction site such as eBay, to putting up an advert on a local college or supermarket noticeboard. Facebook Marketplace is another sales platform that is increasingly popular with people looking to buy and sell second-hand goods. However, if you’re looking for a fast and easy sale you might want to consider going through one of the online second hand dealers that sell camera equipment and accessories. They will usually provide you with an immediate quote and immediate payment, taking all the hassle out of selling your camera.
Box it up
The last thing you need to do before putting your camera up for sale is to pack it in its original box. Research shows that this makes it more attractive to potential buyers, which in turn should help it to fetch a higher price. At the same time, try to locate your camera’s original accessories, such as the camera strap, user manual and software, as this can help your equipment to stand out from the competition, increasing your likelihood of a sale.
If you have an old camera that you no longer use, don’t leave it gathering dust at home. With a little bit of effort and some consideration you’ll find it easy to sell your old equipment and raise some extra cash.