Looking to SELL your camera equipment ? Here are some things to know:
1. I purchase and collect fine classic and antique cameras and lenses. I also purchase camera collections and estates.
2. 99% of Kodak, Polaroid and movie cameras have little to no value. They were made by the millions and most people saved them, thus they are very common.
3. Unless you have a rare and unusual item, I don't typically make offers. Why ? Well, many people will then use my offer to just shop their item around. If you'd like an appraisal, I can offer you that. And if I end up buying your item, I would refund the cost of the appraisal. See more about this below under "conflict of interest."
4. I can't pay retail prices for your equipment. In general, I pay about 55-60% of what your item may sell for on ebay. Why so "little" you ask ? Well, selling on ebay costs money, in fact about 14% of the final value of each item goes to auction and paypal fees. Second, there are things like taxes. Third, is my time. Fourth, is I assume the risk involved in buying equipment like a faulty shutter or scratched lens. Most camera dealers pay 40-50% of values - I strive to pay more because I am a collector, first and foremost.
Why would you want to sell your equipment to me ?
a. I make it fast and easy.
b. I pay a fair amount for your item.
c. My reputation is perfect on ebay. I have a 24 year track record with a positive ebay feedback record of over 2,470 successful and happy transactions - click here to see my ebay feedback. I have NEVER had a negative feedback left for me on ebay in 24 years !
d. Most transactions take place via the US Postal Service or UPS and instant payments via paypal. Easy. I will also travel if need be.
Conflict of interest ? Given that I offer to appraise items in addition to purchasing them, here is how I ensure no conflict of interest. If I appraise an item for you, I also provide you data that supports my appraisal (like 3rd party completed auction data). If I end up buying your equipment that I appraised for you, I return the appraisal fee to you.
Ready to sell something to me ? Please proceed by:
1. Describe as best your can, your item and the condition its in (if you know).
2. Send as many photographs of your item as possible.
3. Give me a day or two to respond to you. While I am generally quick in returning emails, this is not my "day job," but rather a 30 year passion (camera collecting).