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How Would You Do This?

laddad

Kinston, NC, US
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laddad Gold Member Nikonian since 14th Nov 2005
Thu 04-Oct-12 02:41 AM | edited Thu 04-Oct-12 08:28 PM by laddad

A few months back a professional photographer in my community died unexpectantly. Sometime later I commented to his wife that if desired I would help her assign values to some of his equipment should she decide to sale it. He was a Nikon user and I have been a Nikon aficionado for over 30 years. I felt that I was most appropriate for the task. Now it appears to be more of a task than I originally thought. Thirty-five millimeter film cameras, Medium format cameras, digital cameras, manual focus lenses, autofocus lenses, enlargers, filters, caps, etc. It is simply amazing how much equipment someone can amass in thirty or forty years.

I explained to the widow that assigning a value was only part of the task and making a connection to the potential buyer was just as formidable. First the equipment needs to be evaluated and lenses cleaned etc. I also explained that some of the older equipment that may have been dear to him may little value in the marketplace. Options for direct sales include: Nikonians, EBay, Used counter at the local camera shop. Quick sale but less money would be liquidation through dealers like KEH etc. One benefit of volunteering to help is that I get to review the collection of wonderful camera gear before it goes on the chopping block. I have chosen to purchase a well-used Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8. I will honestly assign a value based on KEH criteria and pay her for this item. There are many items that I would love to add to my present Nikon collection but I’m not sure that I could ever justify them to my wife!

My question: If you were to help this lady liquidate the huge collection of camera equipment, how would go about the task? This is part of his legacy and her profit needs to be maximized. How would you do it?

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