How To Sell Your Used Video & Photo Gear Profitably

As you know from my most recent posts and emails, I’ve been buying a bunch of new equipment lately. When I purchase new equipment, a good rule of thumb is to get rid of an older piece we no longer plan on using, right? Otherwise, we’re just collecting gear that just collects dust. And gear that isn’t being used is just money sitting around. So how should we go about it to sell it on the used market? Ebay? Craigslist? Which one yields more profits?

Just today I sold a camera for $850 that I purchased over eight months ago for $950. That is basically like buying a camera that is worth $950 for only $100, since I got almost the full purchase price back when I resold it! Pretty amazing, no?

In this video, I share with you the tricks that gets me as much money back as I possibly can out of my used gear. I’ll walk you through how to write the item description that people will be wanting to buy from you like crazy, how to get your item seen by hundreds of people and last but not least what psychological tricks you can use that your used gear will sell for almost the new purchase price.
What do you do with your used gear, and what kind of success have you had in reselling? I’d love to hear what has worked for you, or what hasn’t.

  • Jean Stair

    Hmm, gotta use the tricks. But I am not sure if I will be able to get even half of what I originally paid for my RED system. 🙁

  • I wouldn’t have thought about adding “return shipping is paid by the buyer” to my posts but it makes a lot of sense. Nobody is going to buy your item to use for a shoot and then want to pay return shipping – the scammers in those situations will just go to a different listing. Brilliant!

    I was just eyeballing the Aperture 300D Mark II (which I hope to pick up when it comes out) but thought of your advise and swung by the local camera store in Minneapolis and picked up a 4k Colortron light for $150 including a stand (since I’m a videographer in Minneapolis MN). The price was so low partly because it’s so old (decades I’m guessing) and partly because it’s a hot light (like – really hot!). But it’s super bright (runs off 2 outlets) and can be used in certain situations where I need something that bright without having to rent. And like you said – if I need to get rid of it down the road I’m not out that much money compared to something that was brand new!

    Curious – Are you following NAB 2019 and all the releases?

  • I know a lot of people are looking for this info. Glad you posted.

    Guess it’s the nature of the business with technology constantly improving.