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Old Dec 8, 2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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I have a few OLD cameras (like First consumer camcorder produced by sony old)
I was wondering if there were any collectors interested in them? or anyone who knows of the price range they might be in?

All mint condition in original hard carry cases, accessories included, working order unknown:
Sony Betamovie BMC - 100p
Yashica Super 40K

And a Hitachi unknown model, only information I could get off the camcorder was:
VHS Movie, 600, MOS colour movie camera

It would be so great if anyone could help me?
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Old Dec 8, 2011, 6:33 AM   #2
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my suggestion would be to google both items and see what you find.
Also, look on EBay and see way the 2 items are selling for.
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I'd say that the best price guide for old cameras is eBay. It's constantly updated and lists a broad selection of old cameras (among other things).

Forget the Buy It Now listings. Those are from sellers that are trying to capitalize on possible peak market prices, and so don't represent the average selling price of a particular item.

Other variables are the possible ineptitude of the sellers that misrepresent an item such that it can't be found or that its value is underestimated, and the sales techniques that others use to encourage buyers to overestimate the value of an item. (I won't call these "scams", because they aren't. They're just examples of excellent salesmanship.)

You need to find listings that closely match your cameras, add them to your Watch List, and see what they actually sell for. A lot can happen in the closing minutes of an auction, and if you just browse through the listings occasionaly, you'll miss how much those items actually sold for. Only your Watch List will preserve the final selling price.

That will give you an excellent idea of the value of the items in you collection.
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Other good places to look might be the used equipment sections of B&H photo and Adorama, as well as KEH.com. Keep in mind that these are major retailers who offer excellent customer service, and warranties on used equipment, so their prices are probably a bit higher than an individual seller.

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Other good places to look might be the used equipment sections of B&H photo and Adorama, as well as KEH.com.
Those will all list how much they'll sell something for, not how much someone else will pay for it. As with the Buy It Now listings on eBay, those are trying to capitalize on possible peak market prices.

That's kind of like the difference between the High Blue Book and the Low Blue Book.
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With regards ebay- just click "completed listings" on any said item,to give you an idea of what prices the item is fetching....
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That can be misleading, since it doesn't account for differences in condition or in the accessories that may or may not be included.
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On most(though not all) past listings in the "completed listings" section,you can still see the complete listing- much like a current auction- so you can get a good idea of what and what condition the said item was/is in.
Of course current and indeed past listings can be misleading- as some sellers are not exactly accurate(or honest) with their listings- though at least you can scroll through their feedback to use as a guideline to past transactions.
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You can also do a search on Craigslist for the item you have in mind. Again, this will only give you an idea of what people are asking, not what others are paying.
But that is what you are looking for, I guess, a rough idea of what they might be worth?

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I've tried eBay and I can't seem to find them on there, I will try craigslist next.

And yea a rough price guide but if they're worth more than I thought I would sell them, if not I'm going to keep them. I love old camera's they're unique


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