I love photography, cameras, and lenses. Of course, funds are limited, and I can’t own every piece of gear that I want to. Renting is an option, but it is a costly one. I’ve found that I can find some good deals online, play with the gear, and sell it later without too much of a loss - sometimes, I’ve even been able to sell gear for a profit.
Without going into any detail (you can always Google it yourself), personal experience has taught me that eBay, PayPal, and dealing with that entire eBay ecosystem as a seller or a buyer is an awful endeavor plagued with scammers, time wasters, non paying bidders, and inane and stupid questions. Thus, I now use Amazon for the majority of my online sales with Craigslist being a few here and there.
There’s no secret to buying or selling online, it comes down to price - that’s it! How do you get your items to sell? Have your price lower than everyone else! How do you know what price to pay for something? Look at the lowest price that the item you’re interested in buying is selling for and pay that. The end! So why am I still writing this blog entry then? Because so many people selling or buying on Craigslist have no clue about this basic concept. Here’s an example:
This weekend, I was in the market for a used Fuji X100S. Any seller should realize that a person savvy enough to send an email to them off of a Craigslist ad should have the wherewithal to check prices on other websites, but apparently not. The X100T was just announced, that alone drops the price of the X100S. Other X100S’s were selling online for about $750 - some more, but why anyone would pay more eludes me. So, I emailed a few sellers, and they were staying “firm” at $1,000! Even after emailing them the locations of retailers and other ads for less, they insisted that their price was “fair.” One reasonable seller had his listed for $800, I emailed him the same info, and he agreed to $750. Bingo! Now, had I offered him less, he should have told me to pound sand - it does work both ways.
Bottom line, be reasonable with your pricing when selling and be reasonable with your offers. Stick to your guns, don’t be impatient, and move on if the seller or buyer is unreasonable.