AR15th wrote in post #16753551
IFFF you get a good deal, that's rarely the case as people selling gear are just like you, trying to get the same or more money than what they paid. And I doubt you make your initial investment back after using gear for years..
Good deals are hard to come by, which is why it makes sense for me to rent gear, unless you doing the same exact gig over and over.
And how does Chase make that much? Book deals, orrr?
Chase was a highly successful commercial photographer before he started doing all his things that catered to new photographers.
It is not that difficult to get your money back on gear.
For instance, I paid $5000 for my 400mm 2.8L IS. It was used in good condition. I took great care of it and when I try to sell it, I should easily get more than the $5k that I paid. That is after using it for football/baseball/basketball for several seasons.
New lenses come out and the price of older lenses often rises because despite the fact that my used 400L was $7500 brand new, the new one is 12K so what sold for $5k used before the new one was released has appreciated a bit and often sells for 5500-6500 depending on condition.
The same can be said of my 300 2.8L IS I - I paid $2800.
Good deals are not that hard to come by. When you want to buy gear, put the money aside and check out here, Facebook sell groups, Sports Shooter, KEH and FredMiranda and you will find a deal pretty quickly that will work for you.
In buying Nikon, the only thing I will really lose a lot on is the two 5D3s I bought, and that is because I preordered them both. However, I made over a quarter-million gross on shoots I used them on, so losing $750 on each camera doesn't bother me too much. Just part of the game.
But the rest of my gear I will either break even on or make money on.