Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 03-20-2011, 02:25 PM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 59
For how much should I sell my Nikon D40?

I want to sell my camera with its kit lens through my university's classified ads so I don't have to deal with shipping. There's one problem: I don't know how to determine its price.

It has one major cosmetic flaw: the screen is scratched on the top right* -- I unwisely kept it in a bag with an old, uncovered Nikon lens...you do the math. There are a few other VERY minor scuffs here and there. You see them only upon close inspection.
More importantly, there are no flaws with the camera's electronics. It functions perfectly.
*I'll obviously take better pictures with a better camera for the actual ad. All I have right now is my crappy phone.

On Amazon, the price for a used Nikon D40 + kit lens ranges from $300-$550. D: I don't want to price it too high and rip someone off, but I don't want to price it too low; I'm planning to use this money to go towards buying a D90.

Help a sister out!
#2
Old 03-20-2011, 05:22 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Taint of creation
Posts: 33,150
You really need to be using eBay. Every time I've tried to sell technology items locally the response was pitiful. The $10 to $20 for shipping and transaction fees will be more than offset by the better offers via the huge marketing exposure.
#3
Old 03-20-2011, 05:42 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Again, Titletown
Posts: 20,006
http://keh.com/camera/Nikon-Digi...990945020?r=FE

keh.com seems to be a reputable place for selling used gear and they are pinning the price around $300 depending on condition. They don't have the kit as a package, but you can figure that in from the lens section. I'd expect to get less for the camera in a private sale.
#4
Old 03-20-2011, 07:18 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 9,102
Yeah, you really should use eBay.

If you don't, I'd say that damage is about $30 bucks to me. The LCD screen still works, right? Just that scratch makes it a little bit harder to see.
#5
Old 03-20-2011, 07:26 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 8,307
Quote:
Originally Posted by be bright View Post
I don't want to price it too high and rip someone off
Well, good news for you then: this isn't possible. If someone buys it, then they didn't get "ripped off" (because they apparently chose to pay the price you are asking for it).
#6
Old 03-20-2011, 07:30 PM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 59
Yup, the screen still works.

I haven't ruled out the option of selling through eBay -- but no matter where I sell it, I still have to decide how much I should sell it for, and the $200 gap in the price range seemed a little big to me.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

Last edited by be bright; 03-20-2011 at 07:31 PM.
#7
Old 03-20-2011, 07:47 PM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Fishers, IN
Posts: 1,723
Which lenses are you including?
#8
Old 03-20-2011, 07:52 PM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 59
The kit lens: the 18-55mm. It won't affect the price very much, ha.
#9
Old 03-20-2011, 08:09 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 38,267
I think B&H Photo also buys used camera gear. In the 'completed sales' section of eBay, I see two right off that sold for about $340 and $360, without any scratches or dings. One had an 18-55mm lens, the other was just a body.
#10
Old 03-20-2011, 09:33 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 18,758
I bought my used camera on Adorama.com - another place to see what others are charging.
#11
Old 03-21-2011, 10:53 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 4,052
I bought mine from a coworker for $350 Canadian, with 18-55mm lens and coworker threw in a memory card and camera bag.

Funnily enough, between 6 of us, we now own a D40, D50, D60, D70, D80 and two D90s. No, photography is not part of our work.
#12
Old 03-22-2011, 02:13 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 59
Including a memory card is a good idea. What size was it?
#13
Old 03-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 4,052
Quote:
Originally Posted by be bright View Post
Including a memory card is a good idea. What size was it?
8GB
#14
Old 03-22-2011, 02:02 PM
Member
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Alabama
Posts: 13,906
Quote:
Originally Posted by be bright View Post
I haven't ruled out the option of selling through eBay -- but no matter where I sell it, I still have to decide how much I should sell it for...
No you don't. That's the whole point of an auction - the buyers decide how much it's worth. (As long as you give a detailed and honest description of the condition of the item.)
#15
Old 03-22-2011, 02:40 PM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: LIC
Posts: 20,673
How many pictures have you taken with it?

There should be a way to see how many shutter releases have been done through the life of the camera somewhere in the menu.
#16
Old 03-22-2011, 03:54 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2000
Location: SW Side, Chicago
Posts: 41,672
To find the ballpark value of an item, I go to eBay, and search the completed listings. If you find a decent sample size, you can get a good idea of what the public generally believes an item is worth.

Doing such a search, I'm finding closing prices that average in at around $300-$350, shipping inclusive. With that kind of a scratch and as a private sale, I wouldn't pay more than $300 for it myself, if that.

Last edited by pulykamell; 03-22-2011 at 03:55 PM.
#17
Old 03-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: May 2000
Location: SW Side, Chicago
Posts: 41,672
Hell, even looking at Craigslist, I'm seeing prices of $300 locally for the above configuration, and I usually find Craigslist prices run higher than eBay. (although they don't seem to in this case.) See this listing, for instance. That's $300 for what is claimed to have "no bumps or scratches." But, hey, if someone is willing to pay more for it, that's not your problem.

Last edited by pulykamell; 03-22-2011 at 04:01 PM.
#18
Old 03-22-2011, 07:21 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Saskaboom
Posts: 8,779
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zebra View Post
How many pictures have you taken with it?

There should be a way to see how many shutter releases have been done through the life of the camera somewhere in the menu.
I don't believe it shows shutter activations anywhere in the menu on a D40, but the number of shutter activations is recorded in exif data.
#19
Old 03-24-2011, 02:13 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by scr4 View Post
No you don't. That's the whole point of an auction - the buyers decide how much it's worth. (As long as you give a detailed and honest description of the condition of the item.)
For some reason I'd completely forgotten about eBay auctions. I was just thinking of Buy It Now items.

Thanks for all the suggestions and help, everyone!
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:03 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: lump the presidents pueblo catalog aarp renew sulfuric acid containers high fantasy porn free shower neil young sucks oil light flickers am i reptilian half floor moulin pronunciation two fours snakes fangs mindfuck books anal depth club cherry bomb floor urinals kyrie eleson siding pieces sulk radiohead vomit cleanup powder chicano mexico final destination explained sony aspect ratio poetry about prejudice superman tickled actionuri oop deontological utilitarianism slip showing callobius spider costco aa batteries the seventh wave kike slur bad veins is borax boric acid is it cellphone or cell phone what is a single camera show does sheep's milk have lactose what is a valet key traffic ticket statute of limitations 12v alarm battery charger did sam go to valinor sofia coppola godfather 3 ford ranger water pump replacement cost can you live in a commercial property bread machine bread mixes in stores can you tame a bear waffle recipe alton brown what time does the mail get delivered green eyes on dark skin rammstein amerika lyrics meaning why was tommy killed in goodfellas how to regain sense of taste when sick me not blinking for a long time can you clean eyeglasses with alcohol in leu of flowers water of life whiskey do you staple w2 to 1040 pixel dimensions for 8.5x11 owners of an llc are called cat eating spider plant oil on spark plugs fraternal order of police texas why are dentists so greedy