F. and S. Marriott 140 Newbegin, Hornsea, England, HU18 1PB

Our online catalogue and web site is working pretty well now. I have established a monthly update for most of the catalogue, and this also is working well. I regret that I have still not been able to master photographs for the catalogue - the operation just requires more time than I have available. Most of the faulty links have been eliminated.

Selling to Us

  1. E-mail us (photo@marriottworld.com) with the details of what you have to sell or part-exchange.
    • 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 being offered!).
    • We need to know the condition of the item, both cosmetic condition and whether or not it works.
    • 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 cash
    • 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 contact you.
  2. We will respond, usually within 24 hours.
  3. 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 postage.
  4. We turn down about 75% of the items we are offered, often because:-
    • 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 resell
    • 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) carrier feasible
    • 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 gauges.
  5. We do not sell items on a commission basis.
  6. 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 hassle.

    Remember: 'Old' does not mean 'valuable'. Condition, quality, and rarity determine value. Age is largely irrelevant.


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