I have been wanting to sell some of my Canon camera gear and thought about my options. There's the usual suspects: eBay, Craigslist, other forums, etc. -- Other forums Hey! this is a forum. What better place than right here on CR.
There needs to be buy-in, willing participants, rules, fees for listing, disclaimers - the usual stuff. The fees can be used as a way to offset CR site management (well, maybe not) but maybe a little bit
So how about it -- Can we make this happen or would this be an exercise in futility?
As a simple place to make first contact regarding buying/selling gear, the forum would work fine.
The only rule CR would have to impose is that all transactions have NOTHING to do with them.
Trying to complicate things by trying to make it like eBay or Craigslist would be far too difficult to implement.
I wasn't suggesting that it be setup along the likes of eBay or Craigslist. My experience with other forums as I've pointed out, only require a one time or per listing fee (rangefinder) or a subscription( APUG).
Rangefinder forum for instance charges something like $7 to list an item for 30 days. With APUG, you have to be registered on the site and pay a $25 (last time I did it) yearly subscription; which allows you to list as many "for sale" items you want within that year. Both offer auctions. Both give you the option of posting images of the for sale items. IMHO -- if you're serious about selling an item, its in your best interest as well as the prospective buyer's to provide pictures. Most forum participants are going to ask you, or complain in some fashion if you don't -- so you may as well provide pictures.
I will say though, that I sold my entire 4x5 kit (Chamonix 045n-2, 3 Rodenstock and 1 Schneider lenses, w/ shutters, lens boards and black cloth, film holders, etc.) on largeformat photographers forum in less than 3 days - without pictures. The forum members who purchased these items from me, only knew me from my posts.
And No, No, No - a Thousand times NO! the site owner, etc. is not involved or takes any responsibility for the transaction. The site only serves as a vehicle to list. The transaction is solely between buyer/seller.
Caveat emptor as always.