I purchase most of my camera equipment used. I don’t have enough cash to purchase the latest and greatest. And the holidays are coming up amidst a pandemic.
We might not be made of money, but we sure love to create. Enter the used camera market.
Where do you purchase used camera equipment?
Reputable camera stores
I purchase used items from B&H and Adorama. I’ve never had an issue with anything used that I have purchased from either place. I also like that I can call up the store and talk to a human. They typically look over and clean everything.
MPB.com sells used gear, and has a five-star review on Trustpilot and a solid reputation. They offer a six-month warranty as well.
Another solid place to purchase equipment is KEH. They’ve been around for decades and deal mostly with buying and selling used equipment. They also repair lenses and cameras, part of the reason their used equipment is in such great shape. I’ve had great luck here as well.
This is an obvious choice. You may sometimes get a better price from eBay than you will from the reputable camera stores or KEH. However, caveat emptor. I try to minimize this any issues by only purchasing from sellers that have a high rating of 99% or higher and have many transactions over the course of several years.
Amazon is sometimes overlooked for used camera equipment. Perhaps for good reason. This sometimes seems a little wilder than even eBay. And again, caveat emptor.
Check everything over right away
When you purchase something used, there’s usually a time limit, even with reputable stores. Check out everything right away. I’ve been extremely lucky. And much of it has looked brand new. No scratches, no blemishes, no wear marks, nothing. Have fun!