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02-21-2016, 10:39 AM   #1
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Best price in New York

I'm going to New York end of April and maybe gonna buy a K1 body. Compared to Europe (2000) the US price ($1800 = 1620) is much more attractive.
I surely will visit B&H, but do they give good prices for used gear? I have a K5 IIs with 3 objectives at this moment and will not keep it when I have the K1.

What can I expect to get for the K5 IIs body only? I have no idea. It's 3 years old now.

Are there other good stores in Manhattan or Jersey city?

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B&H will give you a price quote in 24 hours which will give you an idea of what they will offer: Used Quotes

But if you want "top dollar" for your equipment, selling privately is always going to get you more because any pawn shop or camera store may need to invest time and resources to inspect and clean used equipment. They are also in business to make a profit.

As your cameras and lenses are more expensive in Europe, you'd get more selling it in the Netherlands or the EU...not to mention the USD exchange rate. With that said, the huge advantage of B&H or Adorama or KEH.com is convenience. KEH will also give you a quote: https://www.keh.com/sell/

Good luck. And definitely enjoy the awesome camera store in NYC.
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They will offer you about half of what you could expect to sell it for in a private sale, since they are looking to do a 100% markup on anything they purchase. I'd expect no more than $250 for the camera body, presuming it is very clean and has all the accessories. They will nitpick any little thing to bring their offer price down as far as possible.
As Alex mentions, you'll have to weigh the convenience factor and decide whether you want to put the time and effort into a private sale.


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Get a quote from KEH to get an idea what your equipment is worth. I think that B&H will also give you an online quote. As previous responders have stated, don't expect top dollar although you may be able to negotiate. You may have better luck at Adorama than B&H since their used department is in the same area of the store as where they sell new equipment. If you sell for store credit rather than cash you may get a better deal.
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I don't know what you can get for your existing equipment if sold and shipped within Europe, but if you can get more selling to someone in the US, you can also set up eBay auctions that end during the time you are in New York. Bring everything you want to sell with you and ship it out in New York.
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Bad advice. Getting a quote from KEH or B+H won't tell you what your equipment is worth. It will tell you what your equipment is worth to KEH or B+H, which is as little as they can possibly pay you, and they will look for every possible reason to reduce their quote. They are, after all, in business to profit as much as possible off these transactions. If you want to know what it is really worth on the open market, check their for sale listings instead to see what they are asking, as well as finished ebay listings (particularly Buy it Now, since they aren't subject to the vagaries of the auction market) to see what similar items have been going for lately.

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Get a quote from KEH to get an idea what your equipment is worth. I think that B&H will also give you an online quote. As previous responders have stated, don't expect top dollar although you may be able to negotiate. You may have better luck at Adorama than B&H since their used department is in the same area of the store as where they sell new equipment. If you sell for store credit rather than cash you may get a better deal.
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Also if you are going to buy a K1 while in New York, don't forget to add in the sales tax. I don't know what the tax is in NYC but if you figure on 7% or 8%, the price of the K1 is around $1950 if my calculations are correct.

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Also if you are going to buy a K1 while in New York, don't forget to add in the sales tax. I don't know what the tax is in NYC but if you figure on 7% or 8%, the price of the K1 is around $1950 if my calculations are correct.
You mean $1800,- is a net price?
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigdavephoto Quote
Also if you are going to buy a K1 while in New York, don't forget to add in the sales tax. I don't know what the tax is in NYC but if you figure on 7% or 8%, the price of the K1 is around $1950 if my calculations are correct.
NYC sales tax is 8.75%
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$1796 is the gross price before sales tax, and the $1950 quoted above represents an estimated net out of pocket. However, there are some quirks in American sales tax law that you should be aware of. Sales tax is administered by state and local governments, rather than the federal government, so retailers typically only charge customers sales tax on purchases if they are sold in-person or mailed to customers within the same state (i.e. any state in which the retailer has a physical presence). For orders mailed to different states, buyers are supposed to declare their purchases so their own state can instead charge them use tax, which almost no one actually does. The state sales tax charged in New York is currently 4%, which would make the total about $1868. However, New York City also imposes a use tax of 4.875%, so the total would be $1955 between the two taxes. Depending on how B&H handles trade-ins, if you were to go that route, you might or might not have to pay sales tax on the portion of the price representing the trade-in value.

The good news is that since you will be exporting the item, if you declare the sales/use tax you paid to U.S. customs, you can get it refunded. However, you might still have to pay a customs duty/tax once you return to your own country based on EU and Dutch law (I'm not familiar with it off the top of my head, so this is something you'd have to check into).

One strategy to take might be to purchase the item in the US but have it delivered to an address outside of New York (say across the border in New Jersey), which will avoid the sales tax, and then to not declare the item when you bring it back into your country. However, note that doing so is illegal and you can get into serious trouble and/or have your item seized depending on your country's laws and regulations.

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hmmm, some points to keep in mind. Thanks for the information
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Just a note; if you sell used gear to Adorama and then use the proceeds to trade up, State Tax is only chargeable on the difference.
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B&H will give you the best price on used gear in NYC. You can check the used price B&H is offering for the K5ii right on their website. Last time I checked the K5 they were offering something like $150. They give a decent amount for lenses. As Helen mentioned the credit you get for the used gear when applied to buy something is not taxable.
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I would keep the K5 II and use them both. If you really want to sell the K5 II I'd sell it privately in Europe where you will get a lot more for it. Good luck!
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