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3 Ways to Get The Best Value for Trading-in Your Old Film Cameras

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3 Ways to Get The Best Value for Trading-in Your Old Film 3 Ways to Get The Best Value for Trading-in Your Old Film  

Here are the three ways or options to get the best trade-in value for your film camera to sell.

  1. Sell the items yourself: Go to eBay and search for the exact brand and models of the equipment you want to sell. Check the box in the eBay results that shows you the pricing for 'sold' items. Then, find the items that closely match your item's condition and take the average of those values. Next, you can list the items yourself on eBay, Facebook Marketplace and, Etsy. Take decent pictures with your smartphone, write a description that fully discloses the condition of the equipment. Be prepared to answer questions from potential buyers. Package the items well upon a sale. Insure it for the full amount - always and ship with a method that provides tracking of the shipment. You will pay about 13% as a listing fee to the platform you list it on, 3.5% as a payment processing fee. You can charge the buyer shipping or include the shipping in the price as everyone loves 'free' shipping. Also be prepared to deal with dishonest buyers that will claim that the equipment arrived broken or in a non-functioning state.

  2. Sell the items to the big photography shops: Send as much information as you can along with pictures and serial numbers to the following reputable or trusted photography shops in the USA: Adorama, BH Photo Video, KEH and, Roberts Used Photo. You will find that the above shops will offer you 25-33% of the value you found on eBay. What??! Yes, you read correctly. But, don't take my word for it. Verify it for yourself. Some will ask you to first ship the items in and then make an offer. They may even send you a prepaid shipping box to send your items in. Now, this is more likely to make you accept the offer they present as they already have the equipment and you have been waiting to hear from them on an offer.

    Now, you may be wondering why would they offer only 25-33% of the market value? Well, they are huge outfits that have a tremendous overhead. They also have to invest in refurbishing your items to make them saleable with their warranty or terms and conditions. It is like trading in your used car to a car dealership. Of course, you are always better off selling the items yourself but, most folks don't want to go through the hassle of cleaning up the items, photographing them, listing them on eBay or other online sites, writing the description, answering questions from buyers, packing the items, shipping them. Then, if there is a problem, following up with the buyer. And, on and on. They would rather take a lower amount than take on the headache of selling it on their own.

  3. Give us the opportunity to make an offer on your Rolleiflex or Hasselblad or Leica film cameras. We are a small business and we don't have the overhead that the bigger shops have. Therefore, we are able to offer you a much better deal for your Hasselblad, Leica or, Rolleiflex equipment. Give us a shot. Email us the details including the pictures, serial numbers, brand, models, etc., and we are confident that our offer will be an attractive one. 

Sorry, we don't buy Polaroid or Argus or Kodak products as those are in abundance. 

You can reach us at (956) 492-7140 by first texting us - helps minimize spam calls - so that we can call you back. Mon-Sat, 11-7p, CT.


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