Selling a camera online is often a daunting task if you haven’t sold gear online before, but we’re here to help. So, whether you’re selling your camera online to upgrade to a better camera, or you just want the cash, there are some things to keep in mind before selling. Check out our tips for selling your camera online below.
Keep the Original Box and Materials
You want to get as much money as possible for your gear, right? Then include the original box, cords, manual, disks, and so on. Think about it; no one wants to receive their next camera wrapped in bubble wrap and tossed in a generic box. If you keep the original box, you can usually charge more. Not to mention, the original box makes the shipping process easier because you know the camera will be safe.
Clean the Camera Up
Here’s your chance to make your camera look its best before taking photos for your listing. If you take the time to clean the camera up and make it presentable, your listing will stand out more than all those who didn’t clean their camera. Again, a clean and presentable camera allows you to charge a little more because your camera will look magnificent. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to show off your camera? It’s treated you well, so make sure others want to buy your camera when they see it.
Take Great Pictures of Your Camera
We understand that your best camera might be the one you’re selling, but the pictures of your gear significantly impact the buyer’s perspective on your gear. For example, some people just toss their camera on their counter or bed and take a couple of grainy photos and call it good. However, smarter people will do a flat lay photo with a clean background and plenty of lighting, along with individual shots of each piece and angle. We’re photographers, after all; have fun when you’re selling your gear.
Ask for a Realistic Price
One of the biggest mistakes we see people do is price their gear at an unrealistic value. We get it, your camera may be the rig that you started with. The camera may have sentimental value to you, but remember, it’s a used camera. So, do some research and get a sense of how much your camera is going for—better yet, what it’s sold for—on multiple online marketplaces. Once you get a sense of where the pricing is at, you can decide if you’re going to price it like everyone else, or competitively.
Sell with a Reliable Marketplace
Finally, and probably the most important tip for selling your camera online, is to sell with a reliable marketplace. There are way too many shady websites that sell gear nowadays, so make sure you’re utilizing a reliable marketplace. For instance, some sites have tons of hidden fees, or the payment source isn’t secure. Luckily, there’s a solution—Gear Focus!
We created Gear Focus for photographers and videographers to safely buy and sell their gear. Not to mention, we don’t hit you with absurd transaction fees; in fact, our transaction fees are 3.5%, that’s it. So, if you’re looking to sell camera gear, Gear Focus is the online marketplace for you.