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Camera Value Guide

Written by Sierra Rein
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A camera value guide can be your ticket to higher priced offers for your used camera gear. A guide is meant as a reference point for buyers and sellers of photographic equipment. It allows for a fair trade or cash offer to take place and helps a used camera salesperson do business with surety.

For a novice of photography, a camera value guide is certainly one way of protecting himself against schemers and those hoping to weasel money out of his pocket. He may come across someone who offers a price 40% under the average cost for the equipment. Without a guide, this individual may naively take the money (only to learn later that he could have received $300 more from another camera buyer

How a Camera Value Guide is Created

Because there are so many different makes and models of cameras, lenses, and accessories out there, one really has to be an expert in the field to arrive at a specific camera equipment value. It takes a lot of research on today's technological trends and past market values, as well as an understanding of how camera gear depreciates over the years. He has to be in constant connection with photography news, new cameras that are being revealed, and how other camera buyers are pricing their merchandise to sell.

The average person does not have the time to perform the above tasks, and so they must defer to professional stores and companies to give out used camera quotes. It is a good idea to ask one of these professionals for a value guide, or to help you arrive at a reasonable price for your equipment in particular. Because many of these companies are also in the market to buy your camera gear as well, they should be very willing to offer you the best information available.


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