Make money from your unwanted photography equipment

Selling your used camera can be a bit of a minefield, but our top tips will help to set you on the right track.

If you’re selling a used camera for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start, but these five key tips will set you on the right track and have your Nikon camera flying out of the door in no time at all.

Set the right price

If you’re looking to sell your used Nikon camera, it’s important to set the right price for your equipment. Too high and you might struggle to sell it, too low and you’ll miss out on profits that are rightfully yours. Finding the right price point can be a difficult balance to strike, so it’s always worth doing a little market research beforehand. Take a look at the prices on websites that sell second-hand Nikons or browse through eBay listings to see what price similar items sold for.

Use the original packaging

Second-hand cameras which still have their original packaging tend to sell more easily and for a higher price than those without, so, if you still have it, take the time to dig out the original box that your camera came in. Similarly, you should also try and include everything that came with that box, such as the manual, camera strap, and any software or cables. After all, people are much more likely to shell out for your camera if they think they are receiving the complete package.

Spring clean your camera

To increase your chances of getting a good sale, you need to ensure that your camera looks its best. A well-used camera can easily pick up dust and finger marks so it’s important to give your equipment a good clean before listing it for sale. A brush, Lenspen or air blower are great for getting out dust, grit or sand from the gaps in your camera body, while a microfibre cloth will help you to get rid of troublesome smears and fingerprints from the screen and viewfinder. It may seem like a lot of effort to go to for something you are getting rid of, but it will be worth it.

Take great snaps

A great image can really help to entice potential customers, so it’s surprising to see how many adverts for used cameras are let down by poor-quality photographs. Instead of taking a quick smartphone snap of your equipment laid out on your bedroom floor, try to take a more professional approach, using your photographic expertise and equipment to take a great shot that presents your camera in the best possible light.

Ask the experts

One of the key decisions you need to make when selling your used Nikon, is where and how to sell it. Auction sites such as eBay are obviously very popular, and with good reason, but you will be competing against a lot of other ads and will have to pay a small commission on any sale. Other sales sites such as Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace are also good (and free!) options, but they offer less protection, potentially leaving you open to scams.

If I were to sell my Nikon camera, I would probably look at going through an experienced dealer in used cameras. Whether you use an online dealer or go to a physical store, they will be able to give you an immediate quote and, once the camera is received, give you an immediate payment. Of course, the dealer does take a cut, so you may make less money than you would if you sold it yourself, but to my mind it’s worth it for the ease and simplicity it offers.

So, there you have it. If you take these key elements into account, selling your used Nikon camera needn’t be a headache. And with a little bit of effort you should be able to sell your camera quickly and easily – leaving you free to buy your next bit of kit.

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