DSLR and mirrorless cameras and lenses are expensive. You want to buy great gear, but you don’t want to break the bank. Buying used camera equipment allows you save money without compromising quality. However, it’s important to be careful when purchasing used camera bodies and lenses. Before you load up your shopping cart and check out, take some time to familiarize yourself with the process of shopping for used gear online. Following a few key tips ensures you’ll get a good deal on high-quality equipment and that if you don’t, you’ll be able to return it and get a refund.
I got inspired to write about this topic after I saved $300 on a near perfect condition copy of the Canon 70-200 f/4 lens. The only damage is very minor and purely cosmetic. I reviewed multiple listings on Amazon and eBay over a couple of weeks to get a current, accurate price range. Ultimately, I decided to shop on Amazon with a retailer boasting a 95%+ positive rating and a listing with a Used – Very Good rating or better as well as a warranty. I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase.
In my post about buying used camera gear online, I cover the following topics:
- Select a reputable website
- If applicable, select a seller with a high rating
- Research the current selling price range
- Understand what you’re getting with a given camera listing (i.e. lens hood, filters, warranty)
- Pay attention to the condition of the item
- If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask
- If a deal sounds too good to be true, most likely it is too good to be true
Read the full post over on roseclearfield.com: How to Buy Used Camera Gear Online.
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