Consignment shop sells used cameras

March 27, 2009 9:45:25 AM PDT
Charmingly Linda's consignment shop in Frazer has an unusual specialty. Tucked in a case at the back of the store are dozens of used cameras that are available for re-sale.

Michael Weinstein, who has a photography degree, fell into the camera re-sale business, after years of working in and owning retail camera stores.

He says, "People brought in their trades and didn't know what to do with them. I started buying them, started selling them, and it developed into a full-time business."

Weinstein says digital SLR cameras are the most popular re-sale items right now.

But he also sells a number of manual cameras -- which are the choice of many photography students.

He says that instructors like the students to be able to adjust exposures and focus on their own. He says a basic manual camera and lens that sell for about $200 can be bought used for about $100. And he checks out all the cameras he sells himself to make sure they work.

As a general rule of thumb, Weinstein buys used cameras for about 25% of their retail prices. He sells them for between 50 to 75%, depending on demand for the particular model.

Consigners get 40% to 50% of the resale price.

While most of Weinstein's customers are looking for cameras they can use, he also has some vintage models -- like a wooden stereo box camera -- that he sells as collectibles.

He also sells accessories, like lenses and flashes for about half price.

If you have a camera to sell, or would like to see the Charmingly Linda's inventory, check out their website.

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