5 simple steps for a quick camera sale

Selling your old camera doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow our tips and tricks for a quick and easy sale.

There are many reasons why you may want to sell your old Nikon camera; you may no longer enjoy photography, you might want to raise some extra money quickly, or perhaps you’re ready to upgrade to a newer, more advanced model. Whatever your reason, you need to be aware that there’s a lot of competition out there. However, there are some simple steps you can take to give you the edge and help you achieve a quick and easy sale.

Do your research

Before selling your old camera, take some time to do a little bit of research. When putting your equipment up for sale, it’s vital to set the right price – too low and you’ll leave yourself out of pocket, too high and you may struggle to find a buyer. To avoid this situation, take a look on eBay and second-hand camera websites to find out what similar items are selling for, and use this as a guide when it comes to selling your own.

Clean it up

In order to stand out in a competitive marketplace, it’s important to ensure that your used camera looks its best. Cameras can pick up a lot of dust, dirt and smears during day to day use, so you may have to roll up your sleeves and give it a good clean. To clean the camera body, use a small brush to clear out any grit or dust that has collected in the gaps, and give it a wipe down with soft microfibre cloth, tackling any stubborn stains with a little rubbing alcohol. Cleaning the lens itself is a bit more of a delicate procedure, so proceed with caution. An air-blower is an effective tool to remove dust, while a soft, lint-free cloth and lens cleaner can be used to treat any remaining dirt.

Box it up

As well as cleaning your used photography equipment, it’s also worth hunting down its original packaging if you still have it, as cameras that are sold in the original box tend to sell more quickly and fetch a higher price than those without. While you’re at it, try to find the original accessories (user manual, camera strap, software), as these will also make your camera more attractive to potential buyers.

Take good photos

If you’re selling your Nikon camera online, you will need to take some photographs of your equipment in order to help secure a sale. It’s surprising how many online ads are let down by blurry, dark, or simply poor-quality photographs, so take a little time to get it right. Make sure you take images that are well-lit and in focus, and that showcase the features of your camera in the best possible light. If your equipment has any flaws or damage, make sure your photographs show this. Being honest now will help to avoid complaints further down the line.

Find the right sales platform

Once your camera is sale-ready, you will need to decide how and where you will sell it. Online auction sites are a popular choice with many people and, with protection for sellers, this can be a sensible option. However, you’re likely to be competing against many other similar listings which could mean that you have to wait a little longer before achieving a sale.

Another option is to go through one of the many second-hand dealers that sell used Nikon camera equipment. The dealer will obviously take a cut, but it’s a quick and convenient process, with an immediate quote and immediate payment that takes all the hassle out of selling your old camera.

Getting rid of your unwanted camera doesn’t have to be stressful. By following these hints and tips, you’ll soon find a buyer for your old equipment, and the only thing you will need to worry about is what to buy with that extra cash.