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Stutterbug
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So I just got myself a 7D and would like to start putting the rent money I spent on it back in my pocket. I'd like to rent out my gear but have no idea how to protect myself and my gear. Does anyone have a good link or some sound advise?

Post #1, Jan 03, 2010 06:28:53


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It is going to be a waste of time unless you buy tons of gear and create a business. You can't compete with adorama or lensrentals.com, you can't afford the insurance for when someone steals your gear, etc. You can't just rent out gear you own...and if you don't need it, why not sell it?

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It's not that I don't need it, I bought it so I can stop renting gear for smaller shoots such as interviews and smaller short films. I guess I should mention that my camera is not my only piece of gear I want to rent. I have 2 XHA1s, 2 4 bank Kinos, a reflective media package among other items that I would like to use to help supplement my business.

Post #3, Jan 03, 2010 14:40:21


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my initial thoughts on this are its a dumb idea. Without a real business, insurance, more inventory, customer base, etc, you will get screwed.

The only thing i could see this working without you getting screwed is to charge the renter the full cash value as a deposit, then when they return the lens, you give them most of the money back minus the rental fee. Of course there would need to be legal signed documents to avoid any headaches down the road.

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Stutterbug wrote in post #9313360external link
So I just got myself a 7D and would like to start putting the rent money I spent on it back in my pocket. I'd like to rent out my gear but have no idea how to protect myself and my gear. Does anyone have a good link or some sound advise?

Not sure if they are still doing it now, but borrowlenses.com was looking for more gear to add to their inventory. Something along the lines of them renting out your idle gear and giving your a cut. Give them holler and see what they say.

They are located in the SF Bay Area but rentals by mail are a big part of their business. There also might be a similar outfit doing the same in your area.

DISCLAIMER: I'm only a customer of theirs and had good experiences RENTING equipment from them. YMMV.

Cheers!

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Awesome thanks for the information I look into it.

Post #6, Jan 15, 2010 22:54:47


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I can't recommend anything in regard to renting. Maybe put an ad on craigslist.com. For Equipment insurance you can look into marsh via ppa. You have to join PPA.com though to get that insurance.

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I do not recommend it...unless you have a no questions asked warranty.

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Maybe it can work on your local craigslist. Someone asked to rent my camera that I was selling once, but was not comfortable with this, so I said no. I did not know where they would be working, how they change lens, etc.

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