us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the details of what you have to sell
- We need to know exactly
what you are offering
- Include the make and model (you
would be amazed how many times we are asked whether
"my camera" is worth anything, with no other details
- We need to know the condition of
the item, both cosmetic condition and whether or not
- We need to know whether you can
bring the item to our shop.
- Make it clear whether you are
selling or wishing to part-exchange.
- We will accept items in
part-exchange that we would not buy for
- For part-exchanges, what are you
wanting to take? We will put it on one side until
negotiations have been completed.
- If we need to know more, we will
- We will respond, usually within 24
- We may make an offer, subject to
seeing the items. Do not send anything to us until we
have agreed to accept it. You may be wasting the
- We turn down about 75% of the items we are offered,
- there is negligible user-interest
and collecting interest in the items is far
outstripped by supply; many (but not all) Kodak
cameras fall into this category, also most movie equipment
- the item is not rare but is in
poor condition, making it almost impossible for us to
- the item is too large or too
fragile to travel through the post, but is not of
enough value to make an alternative (more expensive)
- the item, usually a camera, is too
modern. We will normally only accept modern
auto-everything compact cameras in part-exchanges (and
only reluctantly then). We do not normally take in digital equipment.
- we have little experience of model
railway gauges "O" and larger. We are interested in
British 00 and N, and continental HO, N and Z
- We do not sell items on a commission
- We can only pay using a sterling
cheque or PayPal. It is therefore not possible for
us to purchase items from outside the UK except from
those who can accept PayPal.
If you have already done some
homework, you will be better placed to judge our offer.
Ask around several dealers to get a feel for the market,
but do not be surprised if the offers vary considerably.
Dealers all operate on different margins, with different
overheads and have different customer bases. What one
dealer can sell easily, another may not be able to sell
at all; for example, we have never done well with Leica,
Nikon and Hasselblad, so we tend to avoid them now. This
is why you should consult several dealers, and not just
camera specialists. Some cameras, for example early
plastic cameras, may fetch much higher prices in antique
shops than we could ever hope to get.
If you have a large collection to
sell, do not allow a dealer to 'cherry-pick' i.e. take
just a few choice items. This may make the rest
impossible to sell. We sometimes clear entire
collections, but if the best items have gone, it is not
economic for us to collect the rest.
Selling privately will always bring
you a better price, but you may not have more money after
you have deducted your expenses. You will also have more
Remember: 'Old' does not mean
'valuable'. Condition, quality, and rarity determine
value. Age is largely irrelevant.
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