Mon, 12 Oct 2015
When people ask us for a quote on their old photography equipment, they often comment that they could sell their stuff themselves for more on eBay.
It's a fair point, and often with the right ingredients it is possible to sell your equipment for more than we can offer.
But what are these "ingredients" you say?
Firstly, you need an eBay account. If you've already got one then that's perfect, but if you haven't you may find it a little daunting.
You need to learn how to create a quality listing that will entice potential buyers to your listing. eBay is amazing but it is also extremely competitive - there are millions of sellers from all over the world - all of them with years of experience in persuading buyers to buy from them, not you!
You'll need a Paypal account. These are fairly straight forward to set up, and once linked to your eBay account will enable you to receive funds from your buyer.
You'll need patience. To get the best price for equipment on eBay you need to list the item for at least 14 days and after that it can take even more time to actually get paid. Often buyers drop out after they win the auction and then the 14 day process has to start again!
Packaging! It is your responsibility to deliver your photography equipment to your buyer in pristine condition, so make sure you buy quality packaging or you could end up with some bad feedback.
You'll need a courier. The easiest option is probably Royal Mail, but you'll pay over the odds for them to send your stuff. It'll take you time to research various shipping methods that you both trust, and won't cost an arm and a leg.
Once your kit is packaged and ready for shipping make sure you have taken out some insurance. It costs a bit but is well worth it.
And lastly, be prepared to deal with returns. Buyers will always imagine your equipment to be in better condition than you advertise it, even if you have written the most accurate description and taken amazing pictures. Returns can drag on and really take the fun out of eBay selling.
So my answer is always the same; Yes. You will probably get more if sell your kit yourself, but you need the right skills, the time and the inclination to make the effort. However, if you want a quick, easy sale with no repercussions and money in your account within a couple of days then we're a much better option for you.
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