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Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:16:30 PM »
I am looking for some advice as I have never sold a camera, nevermind 10 of them!

I have found 10 brand new 1D Mark IVs which are VERY reasonably priced (US$4,000 or £2,600). I have never seen them so cheap, and know I could make a little money selling them on.

I could buy them all and sell them but how?

They are genuine, brand new as mentioned, full international Canon warranty etc.

I will be travelling back to the UK in July, but am based here in Asia Pacific.

Of course I could carry one or even two back without the box, but surely customers would want the box too.

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Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 10:44:10 PM »
The cameras only have a warranty when accompanies by a sales receipt from a authorized dealer, so it sounds like no warranty.  Hopefully, they have not been stolen.
 
There is a big demand for them on ebay, you can sell them and ship to the USA / Canada with no duty. However, unless you have a good ebay selling record, it might be difficult selling high end items.  Certainly PayPal will hold on to your money until the buyer is happy.
 
 
Contact Adorama or B&H, ask them if they are interested, but you will need to explain how you acquired them and provide proof that they are legitimate and not stolen.  That might turn a quick $3,000 or $4,000 profit to you.
 

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 10:51:11 PM »
First of all they would be purchased by me from an authorised dealer with full receipt etc. They are definitely not stolen, I just think the shop in question has made a mistake with the price.

I had not thought of sending them to the US. I will have to look into how much it would cost to send there.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 10:59:39 PM »
First of all they would be purchased by me from an authorised dealer with full receipt etc. They are definitely not stolen, I just think the shop in question has made a mistake with the price.

I had not thought of sending them to the US. I will have to look into how much it would cost to send there.

That sounds like a good deal.
 
Shipping rates via DHL are fairly good from Asia.  Use a shipping company that has a contract to get low rates, you might get the high quote if you just walked in off the street.
 
I'm not sure about income taxes, PayPal reports annual sales volumes over $20,000 to the IRS, but a offshore seller will not likely run into that issue.

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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 11:06:37 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions Mt Spokane Photography. Would I not make more profit though if I sold in the UK where cameras seem to be more expensive?

Also how important is the box to most buyers? I mean, I could hand carry two brand new 1D Mark IVs into the UK but if I have the box then it could complicate duty issues.

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 11:44:59 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions Mt Spokane Photography. Would I not make more profit though if I sold in the UK where cameras seem to be more expensive?

Also how important is the box to most buyers? I mean, I could hand carry two brand new 1D Mark IVs into the UK but if I have the box then it could complicate duty issues.

Thanks.

I'm not sure about UK Sales, being from the USA.  Certainly, they have stiff import and GST taxes, you might be better off getting the seller to provide a receipt showing a quantity discount, and just paying the taxes.  Then you do not put a buyer at risk.  That original box is going to be worth $$$ as far as sales price goes.
 
I've found that a person does need to understand all the ways you can get burned with imports.  I import products from China for resale in the USA.  They really pile on the fees.  Shipping and fees are sometimes more that the cost of the product.
 
Shipments to me usually have a few packages opened at random by customs, and are sometimes x-rayed as well.  They charge to truck them to a warehouse for inspection, charge for inspection, charge to truck them back to the holding warehouse.  Loading and unloading fees everywhere.

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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 11:58:45 PM »
Thanks again Mt Spokane Photography.

It is because of those fees etc that I am more tempted to hand carry one or two at a time to the UK, rather than ship bulk which could also create export issues.

Also, buying 10 in one go is a big amount. Would be easier for me now, to buy 2, carry them to the UK and repeat.

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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2012, 06:51:30 PM »
The box is definitely worth keeping for items you plan to sell.

Would it be at all possible to hand-carry the camera bodies but break down the boxes and fold them flat to lay on one side of your suitcase/luggage? Then reassemble the boxes once you're back home. Not sure how strict customs would be about this but it might be worth a try.

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 09:38:01 PM »
The box is definitely worth keeping for items you plan to sell.

Would it be at all possible to hand-carry the camera bodies but break down the boxes and fold them flat to lay on one side of your suitcase/luggage? Then reassemble the boxes once you're back home. Not sure how strict customs would be about this but it might be worth a try.

Thanks Wildfire. Yes, I had thought of breaking them down. I think it would be fine to do - I can prove I need the cameras for my work, and that I am in the UK to do that work (even though I am British) - but not sure how customs would see it if I were stopped, as I would obviously be telling them that the cameras would be heading out once my assignments were finished.

I had also thought of breaking the boxes down and sending them by post and just carrying the bodies as I would normally.

Anyway. If anyone is interested in one send me a message. I will be back in the UK (around the London area) in about 4 weeks (for a few weeks) and could carry two - one which I would have to use for my work while there, and another that has not even been turned on. I could sell both while in the UK as long as a suitable price can be reached.

As mentioned the deal would be completely transparent, full documentation (receipts, warranty etc).
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 10:32:49 PM »
I would be interested but I am currently in Canada and dont get back home to the UK till later in the year. How would it work to ship one to Canada? Thanks.

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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2012, 03:53:43 AM »
You won't make any money on them but if you are silly enough to buy them then make sure you are physically in front of the goods before paying.
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2012, 03:54:59 AM »
I'm located in Australia but believe VAT is pretty similar to our GST, wouldn't most pro photographers be able to able claim back the VAT? Just thinking if you sell from Asian to the UK most of the potential buyers might not care about paying VAT, and I think the customs duty on most items like cameras is either zero or quite low. Either way if you make it clear they're responsible for local duties and taxes it leaves it up to them to work it out for themselves.

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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2012, 04:40:13 AM »
You won't make any money on them but if you are silly enough to buy them then make sure you are physically in front of the goods before paying.

I do not understand your post. Can you kindly clarify?

Just so we are clear, this is a very large Authorised Canon dealer - with a lot of outlets - it is not some funny little shop somewhere.

And at £2,650 (my purchase price) how would I not make any money?

I'm located in Australia but believe VAT is pretty similar to our GST, wouldn't most pro photographers be able to able claim back the VAT? Just thinking if you sell from Asian to the UK most of the potential buyers might not care about paying VAT, and I think the customs duty on most items like cameras is either zero or quite low. Either way if you make it clear they're responsible for local duties and taxes it leaves it up to them to work it out for themselves.

I had not thought of that Peter. I am still trying to find out about the duty so passing that responsibilty to the buyer may be a good idea.

Anyway, my UK trip is confirmed so that won't change. And just to repeat, I have never done anything like this before. I have just been following the threads on the 5D Mark III, and 1D X very closely, then one day I thought I should check Canon's current flagship (at least it still is for the next few days) the 1D Mark IV and that is how I stumbled on this massive price discrepancy. It is so strange because I could literally walk 10 metres from one shop and into another company shop and pay £700 more for exactly the same camera. I would love to get the 1D X but as I can buy a 1D Mark IV for £2650 then it is very hard to justify. Let's not forget the 1D Mark IV is an amazing camera, and the technology is not that old.
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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2012, 04:40:13 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2012, 05:24:50 AM »
that reads like a typical recipe for disaster.. but hey sometimes you have luck .. so what do i know. :)
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2012, 05:49:24 AM »
that reads like a typical recipe for disaster.. buy hey sometimes you have luck .. so what do i know. :)

Thanks, though I am curious as to why you think it reads like a recipe for disaster?

As our ex-pat friend will be making a personal import to the UK he will be responsible for paying VAT at the point of importation. When he comes to sell the gear he can only charge the buyer VAT if he (the seller) is VAT registered. If the seller is not VAT registered then the selling price cannot include VAT therefore no VAT for the buyer to reclaim. Even if they are buying it for business use, no VAT has been charged by the seller.

Thanks Guy. I have family in the UK that are still checking with customs and excise but you have at least clarified the VAT issue.
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Re: Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2012, 05:49:24 AM »