We buy used camera gear
Three easy steps to sell or trade your camera gear:
Step 1Send us a list of the camera gear you want to sell or trade using the web form below.
Step 2We’ll review your list of camera gear and send you a rough estimate of what we think we can offer you for your used gear.
- If you are comfortable with the estimate, you can either drop off your gear at our retail store, or we can send you a prepaid mailing label to send us your gear.
- We’ll double check everything to confirm the cosmetic and mechanical conditions.
- Finally, we’ll provide you with a firm offer to buy or trade your camera gear.
Used Equipment Grading Guide
97% to 100% of original condition. Only very close inspection will reveal any wear. Viewed at arms length, item appears as new. Perfect glass.
90% to 96% of original condition. Gear has been well cared for and is exceptionally nice, but is obviously a used item to the naked eye. Perfect glass.
80% to 89% of original condition. Shows average wear for age of item. Small surface marks or slight dings may be present. Glass may have minor imperfections that do not affect image quality.
70% to 79% of original condition. More than average wear for the age of the item. Obvious dings or surface loss. Glass has more than minor imperfections, but image quality should still remain unaffected.
The item works, but is ugly. Think rough. Glass will have more major imperfections like haze or fungus that affect image quality.
Parts or Repair
Gear does not work. Cosmetic condition could be mint to acceptable, but because the item does not work it is classified for parts or repair.
“Why would I want to trade my camera gear instead of selling it?”Trading will get you greater value for your camera gear. Typically around 10% more value. We’d like your next purchase to be with us, so we give you a little incentive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you purchase everything? Is there anything you are not interested in buying?
Although we do not like to turn anything away, we do not purchase everything that comes our way. We will consider everything, however. Camera gear that is seriously “loved”, or not in working condition, is usually not going to be of interest to us. There are exceptions, like, but not limited to, collectibles that are worth repairing, or some cameras with value as “parts”. Also, it takes a lot of effort to evaluate, clean up, track, and sell used cameras, so camera gear with little value or interest in the marketplace is not going to be worthwhile for us to pursue.See also our general overview of what we are buying and not buying below.
How long does it take to sell or trade you my gear?
The process can be relatively quick. We try to respond to all requests within 1 to 2 business days. Our response time depends on workload as we handle all inquiries on a first come, first serve basis. Once we provide a rough estimate, the timing of the next step then depends on how quickly we get your gear in our possession to do a final evaluation. Dropping it off is usually the fastest way to get us your gear for our final evaluation. The final evaluation takes another business day or two. Once a final offer is accepted, we either issue a check, or put money on an account for you (in the case of a trade), in about 1 business day. Please note that large lots take substantially longer. One lens takes hardly any time at all to complete a final evaluation, while a lot of several lenses and cameras, plus accessories, may take us several days to get through. We do test everything to ensure it is all working as expected.
Why do you require a government issued photo ID when I give you my gear for the final evaluation?
This is for your protection. Theft, especially of valuable electronics, is a real and sometimes common thing.
Do I have to use all of my trade value at once?
Nope. We apply your trade value as a store credit on your customer account. You can use that credit as quickly or slowly as you want. You can also use that credit on anything we sell or on any services we provide.