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jemann
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Sep 06, 2012 08:41 |  #1

Hi all.

Due to not having enough time for photography much these days, I'm contemplating selling off all of my gear and recouping some of the money I've thrown into it over the last few years.

I hear that photographic equipment can fetch quite a high resale value if in good condition so I want to make sure that I sell it in the "safest" way possible, reducing the risk of being ripped off by some unscrupulous bugger whilst remaining reasonable to genuine potential buyers.

Can anyone advise how best to go about this? What are the generally accepted best practices in terms of money and equipment changing hands? Do people use escrow type services for this sort of thing?

Any guidance appreciated.

I'm in the UK, if that has any relevance to the services I might make use of.

Thanks.
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Sep 06, 2012 08:48 |  #2

Given that you are probably talking a fair amount of money sell it to someone local and arrange to meet in a public place. If possible take a friend along. Cash is good, cheques not so much - a fake cheque can clear into your bank in three day and then be yanked back out again by the bank several weeks later - and you will be left to carry the loss.


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Sep 06, 2012 09:17 |  #3
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Sep 06, 2012 09:30 |  #4

Craigslist works well, but if you get a buyer that doesn't "feel" right, listen to your feelings. I've had best luck selling on Amazon.




  
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Sep 06, 2012 09:51 |  #5

I've had no problems selling both here and on Craigslist. Common sense being the key. Forum member TeamSpeed has a good sticky over in the Marketplace forum dealing with selling online.




  
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Sep 06, 2012 20:08 |  #6

My biggest craigslist rule: no one comes to my house, ever. Public place meets only, and I tell the person to call me when they arrive and I will then tell them where I am (inside drinking coffee, in the big truck parked by the flag, coming out of the camera shop) that way I can look around and find them first, they will be talking on a cellphone and if they have three big dudes with them and expired tags on their clunker, I hang up and leave the area anonymously. I haven't had to do it yet, but I give myself the option whenever possible.


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Sep 06, 2012 22:25 |  #7

Do people use escrow type services for this sort of thing?

Here's one, https://www.escrow.com​/index.asp (external link) but sales must be in US currency.


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Sep 06, 2012 23:18 |  #8
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The last couple times I put something on craigslist I got scammers from all over. I don't trust it for high dollar stuff. I've sold furniture no problem, but not camera equipment. That's just my experience. I don't trust ebay either. I put up an old camera for $600 and I got a "buyer" within hours that had registered that day. I knew that was fishy. Thankfully ebay recognized they were fraudulent a day later and I didn't have to ship it. They wanted me to ship to Nigeria.

I've sold some stuff on POTN safely. I always check the buyer to see if they post actual threads or replies in the forum proving (or greatly reducing scam risk) that the person is truly into photography and won't scam me.

As said above, don't take a check from anyone.


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Sep 07, 2012 00:23 |  #9

Selling anything good?


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Sep 07, 2012 00:38 |  #10

I don't know if google voice is available in the UK, but it's a great way to have an "alternative number" that can be used for calling/texting so you're not giving strangers your personal cell phone number.

I'd also suggest a secondary email that doesn't include your last name. Call me paranoid, but once the transaction is complete, I don't want anybody having my cell phone and full name.

As far as the transaction itself, I've had nothing but great experiences buying/selling here. CL is becoming more and more fraught with scammers. Their initial emails about an item are a dead give away. If you get an email that says, "Is the item still available", or if they use awkward grammer, or start talking about escrow services due to them being out of the country, it's a scam.

Use common sense, meet in a public place and trust your gut.


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Sep 07, 2012 06:01 |  #11

jemann wrote in post #14954747 (external link)
I'm in the UK, if that has any relevance to the services I might make use of.

It certainly does. No Craigslist, for a start.

I would either use Ebay or I'd join the Talk Photography forums. The latter, however, will take some time as they have restrictions on who may read and/or use their classifieds section. It does, however, make it more likely that the people therein are going to be trustworthy. I've bought and sold a lot on there with no problems.

Of course, the advice given for meeting in person will still apply (although I did buy my 70-200 from somebody at their place of work - but it was a police station, so I felt that was pretty safe).


PS. If you've got any real bargains then I'm not that far from you :-)

PPS. If you want a real safe option then MPB Photographic will buy your stuff. Prices aren't as good as you'd get in a private sale, but you know you're not geing to get ripped off.


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Sep 08, 2012 08:27 |  #12

Dan Marchant wrote in post #14954778 (external link)
Cash is good, cheques not so much - a fake cheque can clear into your bank in three day and then be yanked back out again by the bank several weeks later - and you will be left to carry the loss.

right, fake checks used to be a big problem, now most know not to take checks - or "cheques"




  
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Sep 08, 2012 13:55 |  #13

Or try Fredmiranda.com. I've sold a lot there.




  
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Sep 10, 2012 13:51 as a reply to  @ bsaber's post |  #14

Thanks all for the responses.

I just have to make the final decision of whether to go ahead and sell all the gear or not.


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Sep 10, 2012 14:12 |  #15

birdfromboat wrote in post #14957311 (external link)
My biggest craigslist rule: no one comes to my house, ever. Public place meets only, and I tell the person to call me when they arrive and I will then tell them where I am (inside drinking coffee, in the big truck parked by the flag, coming out of the camera shop) that way I can look around and find them first, they will be talking on a cellphone and if they have three big dudes with them and expired tags on their clunker, I hang up and leave the area anonymously. I haven't had to do it yet, but I give myself the option whenever possible.

Back when my club's shooting range was easily accessible (paved roads), I used to have buyers meet me on the weekends when I was there shooting.


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