You can find some good deals on used gear at eBay, but you should be careful before clicking the "buy it now" button.
Buying used gear has some risks, especially when it comes to electronics such as cameras, computers, and components. Buying lenses is also risky, as some defects on modern lenses might cost more to fix. Local camera stores usually offer a limited store warranty for the used gear they sell, and you always have a chance to inspect and test the gear. But, eBay is quite tempting, as it offers a wide range of products available to be shipped worldwide. Plus, the prices are usually lower than the local used gear market, and you have a chance to submit your offer and bid for the products when these options are enabled by the sellers.
However, there are some important points before buying your dream camera on eBay. In this five-minute video, photographer Michael Andrew shares some quick tips and suggestions about buying used gear on eBay based on his personal experiences.
If you don’t want to take the risk when buying secondhand gear, you can always try B&H's online used market as well.
What do you think about these tips? Do you have any suggestions for buying used gear online? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.