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Old August 6th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #1
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I am getting a little too old to do Weddings. My helpers and camera person have moved on to other professions. I have two Camera's that I would like to sell. Both are Canon GL2's. Great condition. They have 10 Weddings behind them. I'm looking for a much cheaper Camera but that's another story.
I'm looking to do smaller Video jobs. As we all know Wedding videography is a hard days work. Very demanding but rewarding. I have enjoyed every minute of it.
My question is, What would be the best way to sell my two Canon's. Ebay or some other way? Or possibly trading them in on another cheaper camera. Do Camera Dealers accept Trade In's on their camera's? This my first time wondering how to approach the subject. I would appreciate any idea's that any of you would suggest.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 09:33 PM   #2
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There is hardly a market for those cameras, SD video is pretty much history, people are now using HD or more often now UHD.

On eBay they sell for about $100 - $150 tops.

Frankly I doubt dealers want to accept those cameras for trade-in.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 07:17 AM   #3
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I don't think you will get much for cameras of that vintage unfortunately. They were great cameras in their day, but that was 15 years ago.

You can see if B&H Photo will offer you anything here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/tr...CashInYourGear
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Old August 7th, 2017, 07:34 AM   #4
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There is hardly a market for those cameras, SD video is pretty much history, people are now using HD or more often now UHD.

On eBay they sell for about $100 - $150 tops.

Frankly I doubt dealers want to accept those cameras for trade-in.
Thank you for you input. Yes I basically knew all that. I guess I needed some else's opinion. I guess I waited too long.
Anyway Much appreciated
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Old August 7th, 2017, 07:36 AM   #5
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I don't think you will get much for cameras of that vintage unfortunately. They were great cameras in their day, but that was 15 years ago.

You can see if B&H Photo will offer you anything here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/tr...CashInYourGear
Thank you for your input and advice. You confirmed my fears. I will check into your suggestion.
Thanks again. Much appreciated.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 07:44 AM   #6
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Ebay would be my vote, or local Craigslist for maybe $100-200 each. You could also put an ad up here. I would think the main type of buyer would be someone who already has one or more of the same camera, looking for a backup or replacement. I would also consider donanting them to a school or church - determining their value for tax purposes might be easier than selling them outright on the market. Or keep them and just enjoy looking at them from time to time for nostalgia sake.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 10:10 AM   #7
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Ebay would be my vote, or local Craigslist for maybe $100-200 each. You could also put an ad up here. I would think the main type of buyer would be someone who already has one or more of the same camera, looking for a backup or replacement. I would also consider donanting them to a school or church - determining their value for tax purposes might be easier than selling them outright on the market. Or keep them and just enjoy looking at them from time to time for nostalgia sake.
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Thanks for the reply. Definitely will consider this and check into it.
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Old August 8th, 2017, 06:58 AM   #8
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I would second the idea of donating to a school, and writing it off. Probably get the most value out of them, if you can write off closer to what you spent than what they're worth. Check with an accountant.
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Old August 8th, 2017, 10:13 AM   #9
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tried to sell an old Canon XL 1 a few months ago, it wasn't in good condition. Ended up giving it away to a charity.

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Old August 9th, 2017, 08:47 PM   #10
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I would second the idea of donating to a school, and writing it off. Probably get the most value out of them, if you can write off closer to what you spent than what they're worth. Check with an accountant.
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tried to sell an old Canon XL 1 a few months ago, it wasn't in good condition. Ended up giving it away to a charity.

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Bryan and Rob;
Thank you for the suggestion. The more I think about this the more logical it sounds. I've Been doing a lot of checking on ebay on how much I could get for my Camera's. Not much. However we have some High Schools in my area that are strapped for cash and might want them. They have a video and drama dept so they could put them to use. I'll check with my Tax man to see how much I could get as a deduction.
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Old August 9th, 2017, 10:13 PM   #11
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"For depreciated assets that are donated, your charitable donation is limited to the lower of its current market value or its net cost basis on your books (cost less depreciation). If it's fully depreciated, your deduction for donating it is zero."
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It's sad to think about what we paid for expensive gear and what it's worth 10 or 15 years later, but that's what technology is like. Same thing with computers. Here's a true story that should give you a chuckle.

Cleaning out my dad's apartment after passed away in 1998, there was a lot of stuff to get rid of. He had an old Macintosh SE computer that was at least 10 years old. I knew it wasn't worth much, but thought someone could use it so I set it on top of a milk crate by the street with a sign that said "Free computer". When I got home from work, the milk crate was gone and the computer was sitting on the grass. ;)

Good luck with the cameras, I hope you find someone who wants them. You may find them hard to give away, not many people want to deal with tapes and firewire anymore. Let us know how it goes.
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"For depreciated assets that are donated, your charitable donation is limited to the lower of its current market value or its net cost basis on your books (cost less depreciation). If it's fully depreciated, your deduction for donating it is zero."
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It's sad to think about what we paid for expensive gear and what it's worth 10 or 15 years later, but that's what technology is like. Same thing with computers. Here's a true story that should give you a chuckle.

Cleaning out my dad's apartment after passed away in 1998, there was a lot of stuff to get rid of. He had an old Macintosh SE computer that was at least 10 years old. I knew it wasn't worth much, but thought someone could use it so I set it on top of a milk crate by the street with a sign that said "Free computer". When I got home from work, the milk crate was gone and the computer was sitting on the grass. ;)

Good luck with the cameras, I hope you find someone who wants them. You may find them hard to give away, not many people want to deal with tapes and firewire anymore. Let us know how it goes.
Boyd and Pete:
Thanks for this. Yes it is a shame to see the equipment fall in price like that. Amazing, simply amazing.
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Old August 10th, 2017, 02:11 PM   #14
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The milk crate story made me laugh.

Usually a camera pays for itself after the first few jobs then it's all gravy after that. I've got a tape camera I'm looking to sell too. It still has value as a backup.
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thats lol eh? milk crate! huh?
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