I’ve had a few readers inquire about buying or selling Nikon 1 gear. I thought it may be useful to publish a short article on this subject so readers can share their experiences and ideas about the best ways to buy or sell Nikon 1 gear.
Over the past couple of years I’ve been adding to my Nikon 1 kit. Most of the gear that I’ve bought has been a result of consistently doing internet searches in Canada and specifically looking for camera stores blowing out inventory.
At this point it will likely be difficult to find retail outlets that still have new Nikon 1 gear to sell, but it is still worth some time checking out this avenue.
You can also check online to see if your local Nikon Corporate entity still has any Nikon 1 gear to sell. For example, I recently purchased a 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom and a 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zoom directly from Nikon Canada. Their website is still showing 7 models of Nikon 1 lenses available, as well as a few accessories. All of the camera bodies and flashes show no listings on its website, so it is safe to assume that Nikon Canada has depleted its inventory on those items.
Another approach is to look at some camera store websites to see what they have listed under their used equipment. For example, I went on the B&H website this morning and looked under used mirrorless cameras. B&H had 133 cameras listed, 4 of which were Nikon 1 J5s with the 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 zoom. Amazon.ca was also showing some new and used Nikon 1 gear for sale.
Although I’ve never used them, there are dedicated used camera websites that specialize in selling used gear. A quick internet search revealed quite a few items for sale on these types of sites. On a personal basis I’ve had some luck finding good, used Nikon 1 gear on Kijiji.ca.
Camera clubs can be good avenues to buy or sell used camera gear. Some have sections on their websites dedicated to buy/sell activities. By attending meetings and getting to know other area photographers you can develop a network that can be helpful when looking to buy or sell camera gear.
Some websites have dedicated areas where readers can post gear they are wanting to sell, as well as items they are looking to purchase. Sometimes folks will advise other readers of what they have to buy or sell when posting comments on various websites they frequent.
When it comes to selling your Nikon 1 camera gear you will likely get a better price for it if you can connect with buyers directly. Going the camera trade-in route through a camera store will enable you to get something for your used Nikon 1 gear, but probably not as much if you were able to sell it directly to an interested buyer.
I’ve never tried to sell any camera gear on eBay, but perhaps other readers can share their experiences in this regard. Any camera gear that I’ve ever sold has been as a result of promoting it on Kijiji.ca or through personal connections.
When selling some of my camera gear, I have always done this face-to-face with potential buyers, and have only accepted cash payments. I have used this approach when buying used camera gear from other people as I always want to inspect and try out what I’m buying. I’ve always insisted on getting a current shutter count when buying a camera body.
What approaches have you used to buy and/or sell your Nikon 1 camera gear? What would you suggest to other readers?
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