February 12, 2015 at 3:11AM

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Reliable legit sites to purchase used gear.

I want to purchase the body of a GH4, Blackmagic Cinema or Canon 5D MkIII but I can't afford a new one. I'm considering the used market but I don't where to look at.

Could you guys point out some specialized and trustworthy sites (or ebay, amazon, whataver, users) for the used market?

Thanks

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I've been buying used gear from eBay for years with no problems, but I ONLY pay using PayPal so I am protected against any kind of funny business. ( I've had to return one item to the seller so far, because the item was not how he described it in his ad )

Just make sure you read the eBay descriptions carefully because sometimes people try and sneak in descriptions of small defects that are not obvious in the photos. I also only buy gear that looks like it's in almost new shape, so no dings or scratches, etc...

February 12, 2015 at 5:50AM, Edited February 12, 5:50AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks Guy.

eBay is the first site that comes to mind, but I was thinking that maybe there was some web for filmmaking professionals specialized in used equipment that had more prestige or reliability.

Browsing eBay with electronics, kind of scares me. Have you got any dependable eBay users you could share?

Thanks.

February 12, 2015 at 8:31AM

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>>>Have you got any dependable eBay users you could share?

I've had good luck with almost everyone I've dealt with on eBay, but I'm picky about who I do business with. First they need to have a near 100 percent positive feedback in all their transactions, next I look for somebody with at least 50 transactions ( for stores it should be at least 100+ ), then I check all the photos blown up as big a possible, and lastly I go over the description in detail. If all of this checks out, then I ALWAYS use PayPal so that I will have help if there is a problem with my purchase.

I recently bought a back-up focusing monitor that I read about on the Personal-view.com website, then I went hunting on eBay to find a store that had this monitor and met the criteria I listed above. I ended up buying the monitor from this place in Hong Kong.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141570676717?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPage...

...So in 2-4 weeks I should receive my monitor, which I'll check immediately to make sure it's all working correctly, and if not I'll contact the store right away to try and sort things out.

As I've stated previously, I've had very few problems buying items from eBay over many years. Just make sure you check things out before you buy, and NEVER accept any other form of payment than PayPal. ( All of the stories I've heard about people being ripped off are when they did NOT use PayPal, so when their money disappeared and they did not receive anything, they were basically screwed. )

February 12, 2015 at 11:27AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I will keep those recommendations in mind, Guy. Thank you.

Jerome Miller

February 13, 2015 at 12:45AM, Edited February 13, 12:45AM

keh.com.

Amazing customer service, reliable (if not a little conservative) ratings on the quality of their gear, and very fair prices.

They are the only used outfit I buy from, and I've had an experience with them every time that surpasses my expectations.

February 12, 2015 at 1:49PM

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David S.
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I've boughten many things from the used department on B and H, Adorama, and KEH. Those are all very good and trust worthy sites.

February 12, 2015 at 6:41PM

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Logan Rice
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Will check those, David and Logan. Thank you.
Didn't know BH had a used department.

February 13, 2015 at 12:46AM

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Go to eBay and check out the camera companies' refurbished 'stores'.

I bought two Canons there at 50% of the market value. These are shop returns, or the box was damaged, etc. They are thoroughly checked - more so than a regular new one - and any faulty bits replaced. They are as new, come direct from the manufacturer, and have a full guarantee.

They haven't always got what you're looking for, but I think it's stupid to buy new from a reseller at a much higher price.

Here's a link http://stores.ebay.co.uk/canon-outlet

February 14, 2015 at 9:25AM

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Karel Bata
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I've bought many used lenses from B&H. I put them in the highest tier of trustworthiness, and their customer service department has done nothing bought reinforce this esteem.

I've heard good things about Adorama and KEH, but I've always ended up finding what I need at B&H for the same price or less.

February 14, 2015 at 9:35AM

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Just looked at used prices on B&H for a GH4...$100 off? "Show's signs of use." Give me a break. It must be a joke. That's just as bad as Gamestop for used video games, selling used version for 2 or 3 dollars less than the new ones=)

February 14, 2015 at 10:44AM

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Josh.R
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Have any of you SOLD gear to any of the above mentioned sites? I have some gear I'd like to sell and curious about your experiences with it.

February 14, 2015 at 10:58AM

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I would like to hear more about selling your gear too. I have tried to sell some of my used stuff on ebay and they get purchased by a spam bot/scammer in the first day. I've had to take them down and try again after waiting the week penalty, only have them scammed purchased again. It's very frustrating.

Devin Bousquet

February 14, 2015 at 2:15PM

I've never had issues selling gear on Ebay, that said, by the time the selling fees are taken away, its usually better to just sell it off in a forum or on Craigslist. That said, if the item was $1k+, I'd bring a friend and go to a very public place for a craigslist sale.

If you want pure film gear it's tougher, but, for general camera gear I've used the forums at FredMiranda and Photography-on-the-net to buy most of my Canon gear. Usually comes out a little cheaper than Ebay. Likewise for selling, as I can list my gear cheaper than on Ebay since i dont have to factor in the 10% they take.

Chris Preperato

February 16, 2015 at 6:21AM

KEH is wonderful. Had to return one thing once, no hassles. If anything, they underrate the quality of what they sell.

Ken Rockwell's post on How to Win (or not) on eBay is also very well done and I followed instructions to win a few items.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/ebay/

February 14, 2015 at 11:52AM

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I've bought some things from lens authority, it's a part of lensrentals.com. Borrow lenses is always selling old gear too. KEH is supposed to be great, as already mentioned. I've bought refurbished stuff straight from the manufacture too. Canon has a lot of great refurbished products that sometimes come with a year warranty. Lots of companies sell gear that was used at demos and trade shows at discount too. You just have to check their sites frequently. B&H's used dept is awesome. There are a ton of places to buy used stuff, you just gotta do some digging. Good luck!

February 14, 2015 at 12:14PM

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You can check personal-view for used gear http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/marketplace or post about wanting to buy a specific camera body.

February 14, 2015 at 11:11PM

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jbpribanic
Director/Editor/Photographer
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Mr Bousquet,

I would appreciate to know the charges for shipping that bmcc of yours to Spain.

Thank you.
And thanks to the rest of contributions.

February 15, 2015 at 8:40AM

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Also, for the 5dIII, you can follow along at CanonPriceWatch...they track used and refurbished gear so you can find cheaper prices. Also, they have a "street price" where you can get a new camera for a fairly low price from dealers trying to avoid MAP pricing

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03868/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-price...

February 16, 2015 at 6:23AM

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Very surprised that noone has mentioned CVP.com, they are fantastic for uk orders

February 17, 2015 at 3:42AM

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Luke Jennings
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