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2nd hand.

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Bill Stewardson, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    Hello to all.

    Now then, I’m not a fan of eBay since once being utterly conned, but that’s another story.

    So, when it comes to buying 2nd hand stuff, where do you all look ?


  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I would only buy from a dealer F2F where I can see it, try it and get a warrantee. I am fortunate to have a local branch of LCE that I use and where they know me.
  3. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Ffordes and LCE have both looked after me well.
  4. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    WEX and SRS have worked for me
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  5. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I have used both the above and agree. There are other good suppliers, Camera World for one. I have bought a number of items from CEX, only from stores though, as I prefer to see what I am buying and they sell a lot of other stuff, so are not specialists , working on menu pricing with three grades, A being virtually mint, usually with everything, B is good to virtually mint but may be minus box or accessories, C is a bit more worn looking. Be prepared for some of the staff being somewhat alternative, in my experience usually nice, and helpful.
  6. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Over the years I have been fortunate to have a local independent dealer with a good supply of used stock - much to the detriment of my wallet...:D Recently one has become an LCE shop and the other has just closed down.

    I have bought used directly from LCE stores and have purchased from Ffordes on-line and have had no issues. WEX also seem to have a decent reputation though I haven't used them personally.
  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Their descriptions of used equipment seem to be thorough, especially with regard to dust in lenses, I would suspect that the gear is often better than you might expect.
  8. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    I 've ffound ffordes to be ffine. Also Gray's. You tend to get what you pay ffor.
  9. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I have used Aperture, SRS, LCE, Grays and Park Cameras in store and MPB on-line all were fine and the products as advertised, or slightly better. I have also used B&H by email, with a US delivery address, as well as in store and they too are fine, they ship to the UK but I haven't tried that. I haven't bought used from WEX but I would consider doing so as their on-line service for new goods has been fine too.

    Buying used on-line rather supposes that you know exactly what you want, if you need to try variations on lenses or bodies I would suggest getting to a physical location where they have stock.
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  10. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I've found LCE pretty sound and helpful.
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  11. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    I’m tempted to go in one of those places to just to see the staff !
  12. Bill Stewardson

    Bill Stewardson Well-Known Member

    I’m after a D7000 series body, rather than start selling my older lenses.
    Thanks for your answer.

  13. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The most expensive thing I have bought on EBay was a car But I tried it first.
    small photo stuff Ebay is as good as anywhere.
    For cameras I now only buy Refurbished stock with a guarantee from a maker or retail outlet.

    I once bought a canon lens on Ebay from Canada. Just took a risk.
  14. Nikon_Peter

    Nikon_Peter Well-Known Member

    Bought two lenses from mpb.com but had to send them both back. The Sigma had a communication issue with my Nikon and the other lens, a Tamron 70-300mm wasn't quite as expected, heavier and noisier (mechanically) than I expected. Would look to them again as I'm not going to write them off based on one order, particularly as their customer service for the return was excellent. Went to Wex for a Nikon 70-300mm and am very impressed. Only issue is they don't have a huge amount of second hand stock.
    I'd also try Park Cameras for second hand I've bought brand new from them and their service, like Wex, is fantastic.
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  15. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    The local auction house, op shops, a New Zealand specific online auction (Trademe). Mind you, I buy old film cameras...
  16. Bazarchie

    Bazarchie Well-Known Member

    I have bought camera equipment from eBay without any problems but I set a limit of £250. However my last purchase was 4? years ago and I doubt I will use them again, too many scams.

    I tend to use Wex, MPB and LCE.You pay more but you can return if necessary and most equipment comes with a guarantee. They are honest with their condition status, in most cases down grading for very minor issues.
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  17. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    I've used LCE, Ffordes, WEX and MPB. The only one I had a problem with was a lens from MPB which didn't focus, either on auto or manual. It seems the lens hadn't been checked over before being offered for sale. I was able to return it and got a replacement in just a couple of days, so at least their response to an issue was well handled.
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  18. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I have bought and sold at LCE. I will likely do so again.
  19. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I've used LCE (in shop and via their website) and Ffordes (via website) for secondhand stuff and always been very happy with the service. I think that you would be safe with any of the regular advertisers in AP.

    I've only used eBay for photographic stuff when I was looking for some new long metal lens hoods for telephoto lenses, and all I could find at sensible prices were from dealers in Hong Kong and Japan who used eBay. The items took 2-3 weeks to arrive after payment by PayPal, and there were no problems. I don't think I would buy complex or expensive items this way, but for small accessories it's fine.

    I know people who have gambled on eBay when buying recent model camera bodies and lenses: the problem appears to be that some sellers get the technical stuff wrong because they don't understand what they are selling, or are a bit vague about its condition. Some Forum posts have said good things about eBay, but usually in the case of genuine bargains when older stuff is being sold.
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  20. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I tend to use my local camera shop, which is Castle Cameras in Salisbury. I've used Wex on a couple of occasions, but I prefer to get my grubby paws on something rather than mail order. I've also bought from Cex and Crap Converters when I've seen something in the window that's piqued my interest
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