Why and Where to Buy Used Camera Equipment

In today’s social media crazed world, people are always in a rush to buy the latest iPhone or the latest gaming computer. Video cameras has advanced in technology (and lowered its price) so much that even an amateur can make fantastic videos by researching the top filmmaking DSLRs on the market. But before you go off and purchase the latest and greatest electronics, please consider used equipment. Think of Planet Earth.

E-Waste is a growing problem

Rapidly-changing technology has given a huge boost to our ability to do business, communicate, and trade in a globalized world. But with these new technological advances comes huge amounts of high-tech trash. E-waste is a growing problem in the United States as well as around the world, and we’re quickly learning the consequences of tossing electronics in the dumpster.

When we throw old computers, cameras, phones, and other electronics in the trash, we don’t realize that these devices contain a number of incredibly toxic materials that can pose threats to the environment and other people. Lead, mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals are commonly used in electronics, and can be very toxic if disposed of improperly. Many of these chemicals are safely housed in our electronics during normal use, but are introduced into the environment when the protective casing is damaged in landfills.

These chemicals can lead to serious health problems: copper contamination can cause throat, lung, and kidney problems, while lead is known to cause cognitive damage, paralysis, and death. Arsenic is linked to a number of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

By buying a new iPhone every year or buying the latest camera, you’re not helping the situation. You’re part of the problem!

First, recycle your old electronics or use recommerce to even profit from your e-waste.

New models of camera equipment, just like Smartphones, are released by the day with people scrambling to get their hands on the latest tech which more often than not is just a minor upgrade of the previous version.

And what do they do with the older models they now deem unworthy? Well, they pawn them off at a cheap price to whoever will take it.

Consider purchasing used equipment. You’ll save money and because technology has advanced so much, a Sony AS7ii is just as good (for the layman video maker) as the latest Sony camera. Unless you’re a professional filmmaker, you can do well with a second hand Panasonic GH4 or a Blackmagic camera.

In the spirit of turning one man’s trash into our own treasure, here are some of the best places to buy used camera equipment online:

Midwest photo exchange

This is an underrated site, which is the best place to buy used cameras. To get used to the used category is a little hard for newbies ast the site is tricky to navigate. However, you just need to click on the “en dash” (i.e. the pair of dash marks sandwiched right atop “Accesories” and directly below used gear.

Midwest has a good selection that also includes a further contact option that lets you talk to support to know about the stock status of those items that are currently unavailable. However, it is best you stick to those currently in stock, i.e. those which can be added directly to your cart, as the process of stock follow-up can be a bit time-consuming.

Midwest photo exchange offers the best when it comes to on-camera flashes so if that’s what you’re looking for, then there is certainly no better place to be. Their return policy lasts 15 days from the day of purchase for all types of goods whether used or new.


At the top of this list is a reputable New York-based online platform called B&H whose selection is arguably among the best in the used department category with their prices proving relatively cheap. B&H is actually a worldwide retailer for all things photography and the company has even set aside a specific branch just for handling used photography equipment.

The search mechanism offered is a major plus as it lets you delve into the nitty-gritty to get just exactly what you’re looking for. The search bar has a “used “ checkbox next to it that when highlighted, brings up only the used items. What’s more, an extensive search can be narrowed down using parameters such as brand, price, rating and relevance just to mention a few. The fact that lenses and cameras are listed according to condition also proves helpful as it affords a simple means of balancing quality with cost.

Another great selling point with this platform is that they have a 30-day money back policy in case the equipment malfunctions or if it is simply not up to your liking. You get your money back, no questions asked.


If you’re specifically looking for top-notch vintage cameras and accessories, then KEH is the place to go as it offers a wide array of good used models not to mention countless lens varieties for the film cameras of yesteryears. Their selection is always trying to stick within range of the current trends and as such, it includes the latest gear. For instance, it is not uncommon to find last year’s hot cake camera equipment featured somewhere at the top of search results.

The immense depth in diversity stems from the fact that KEH conducts a “Buy Only” tour across the country where they are able to purchase vintage models and recently out-of-favor gear from local photography communities. The format of the website partitions the sale into a number of categories including the “biggest markdowns”, which usually encompasses the best discounts as they aim to clear the stock quickly, and a “latest arrival” listing that features the newest models that have been shown the door by their previous owners.

The platform is also imbued with a remarkable rating mechanism and a commendable search system that helps you separate the wheat from the chaff. What’s more, the website also has a very helpful blog that offers tips and recommendations from experienced professionals in the industry. With regards to guarantee, KEH has a half year warranty on used equipment and a 2-week return policy.

Here is a video to help you select the best used camera for your needs:

Is Paying Top Dollar for a New Camera Worth it?

Seriously, do you really need another iPhone? Mother Earth weeps every time she probably sees this:

(Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Our job at AbundaTrade is to educate our readers on the dangers of unabated electronic consumerism. For every new iPhone you help produce into this world, another penguin will choke from it in the future. There’s already too much plastic, swimming in our Pacific ocean. Don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution that will save our lovely planet. Buy used.

(Featured image by Peter Hershey on Unsplash)

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