Selling Used Equipment

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