How to trade in your old camera for cash

4 tips to help you sell your unwanted camera

Selling your old camera is a great way to make some extra cash, and with our top tips you’ll find it easy to achieve a quick sale and a fair price.

Trading in your old camera can be a great way to make a bit of extra cash to put towards some new equipment. However, there is a lot of competition out there and you may not find selling your camera as easy as you first thought. Luckily, we have some tips that will help put your old camera ahead of the competition, enabling you to make a quick and hassle-free sale.

Set your price point

First things first, before you put your camera up for sale, you need to decide how much you want to sell it for.  This can be a difficult decision; you don’t want to set the price too low and leave yourself out of pocket but, at the same time, you don’t want to deter potential buyers by setting a price that’s much too high. So, to help you find that pricing sweet spot, take the time to do a little bit of research, looking on online auction sites and websites selling second-hand photographic equipment to see what similar items are selling for. You can then use this as a guide when it comes to selling your own camera.

Choose your sales channel

Once you’ve set your price it’s time to think about how and where you’re going to sell your old camera. Your first instinct might be to turn to an online auction site such as eBay, and they certainly have their advantages, offering a hassle-free sale and protection for buyers and sellers alike. However, you’re likely to be up against a lot of competition which means you may have to wait longer or accept a lower price than you originally expected.

Another option is to approach one of the specialist second-hand dealers which buy and sell camera equipment – either in-store or online. The advantage of this approach is that you will receive an immediate quote and, once the dealer has received your camera, an immediate buyer. The dealer will take a commission so you may not make quite as much as you would like, but the ease and speed of the deal often makes this a worthwhile trade-off.

Get it in tip-top condition

As we’ve already mentioned, the second-hand camera marketplace can be a really competitive one, so, in order to give your camera, the best possible chance of getting a quick sale, it’s important to get it looking in tip-top condition.

Cameras can pick up a lot of dust and dirt through day-to-day use, so take the time to give yours a good clean before putting it up for sale. A small brush or air-blower will clear dust and grit from the gaps in the camera body, while a microfibre cloth and some rubbing alcohol will help to get rid of any smears or stubborn marks.

While you’re at it, try to find your camera’s original box and original accessories, as this will make it more attractive to potential buyers, increasing your chances of a sale.

Take great snaps

As a photographer, you know that a picture says a thousand words – so make the sure the photos you use to sell your camera are saying the right things. It’s surprising how many camera adverts are accompanied by blurry, badly lit and poor-quality photographs. To help your photographic equipment stand out in a crowded marketplace, make sure your photographs are clear and display your equipment in the best possible light.

Trading in your old camera needn’t be a chore. With the right price, the right channel, and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll soon be pocketing the cash from the sale of your photographic equipment.