As the manager of the Columbia store, I get a lot of Camera questions. Especially questions pertaining to trade ins. “How do I get the most from my camera trade?” My response is usually threefold: need, condition, and aesthetics.
First, is there a need for such a camera. Is it digital or film. A digital camera should be at least 10 megapixels, and a film camera should be popular or well sought after. Is it one found on eBay for a nominal fee or has it sold on our website recently. Both websites will easily inform potential sellers of camera trends. Taking a camera’s needs into account is the first step when selling a camera.
Next, is condition of the camera. Is the body beat up or in good condition. Are there scratches on it? Are the camera parts in working order? Is anything missing from the body of the camera? Is the LCD screen marked up? In addition to the exterior is how well the camera works. Will the camera focus? Do all the buttons operate? These are just a few of the many questions sellers should ask themselves before selling a camera or expecting a certain price.
Finally there is the aesthetic aspect of the camera. The extras that come with a camera are some of the most important features to have when selling a camera. Do you have the owner’s manual? Are chargers and batteries included with the trade? Are there any other cords, boxes, or supplies that came with the camera that you still have? These are very important questions to ask oneself before selling a camera.
Getting the most out of your camera is important during use and resale. Knowing what a camera is worth is the first step when selling a camera. Obviously, the next step is to bring it to any Creve Coeur Camera. We have an expert appraiser in our Superstore who will inform you of its worth. Happy selling!!!
You can also check out what we have for sale in our Used Department online or in stores!
-Dave Pott, Columbia, MO Store Manager