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    Posted: 17 April 2017 at 12:55
Ahoy!

Could anyone advise what price a used copy of this flash would be in GBP as I've been offered one? Also, is there anything specific to know about it such as if there are issues with the battery cover hinges or operation of the diffuser etc?

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To buy in a well-regarded shop (Wex etc) I'd reckon ~£180-200.

I haven't seen one in years on Wex/Ffordes/LCE etc though. Even the 5600s/HVL-56AMs are listed at ~£160+ on those sites (much more readily available, too).

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Ahoy Mark,
          There is 1 for sale here at £159: https://www.castlecameras.co.uk/used-equipment/used-list
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Two on sale at LCE. One at £150, one at £199. That's about the price range I've seen them at there, though the usual optimists price them higher on eBay.
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Ahoy there!

Many thanks for responding with your recommended places to buy and what price to pay, which makes my £120.00 (delivered) purchase a rather good buy

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I've noticed the price differences s/h between the top Sony flash models and lesser ones like HVL-42 are still quite significant, presumably because the better ones are in more demand and shorter supply.
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I've noticed the price differences s/h between the top Sony flash models and lesser ones like HVL-42 are still quite significant, presumably because the better ones are in more demand and shorter supply.


There are some weird dynamics that's for sure and LCE are a poor choice to get a market read: the "left-hand" (random branch) don't know what the "right-hand" (other branches) are doing and pricing the same items!

To supplement my answer above I figured I'd put in my estimates for Wex/ etc for the other models in name-ish order:

HVL-36/3600s has bottomed out and is aronud £100
HVL-42AMs (Sony only) is around £120-150
HVL-F43AMS (Sony only) are £200-250ish
HVL-F56/5600s are £150-175
HVL-58AMs are £180-200
HVL-F60s are £250-300 (!)

Please feel free to ignore/update accordingly, it's just my take on what I've seen over the last couple of months-years.

I think we're seeing a move away - generally from 5600/56ams - towards 58AMs and F42s/F43s. I'd speculate this is down to the new radio transmitter being compatible with only Sony models (ie 42/43/58/60s) and popularity of legacy Minolta/Sony non-radio wireless flashes is decreasing.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2017 at 14:04
I've seen Sony flash models cheaper than this in reputable shops inc LCE on odd occasions. I bought an HVL-42AM reduced from £119 to £69 as a Christmas deal, and an HVL-36AM on eBay for £59 inc postage. But you may be right for the trends.
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

I've seen Sony flash models cheaper than this in reputable shops inc LCE on odd occasions. I bought an HVL-42AM reduced from £119 to £69 as a Christmas deal, and an HVL-36AM on eBay for £59 inc postage. But you may be right for the trends.

Ahoy!

I've bought F56AM and Min 5600HS (D) models for £50.00 - £60.00, F42 for £35.00 - £40.00 and Jessops 360 AFDS for £15.00 - £20.00 as examples.

To support my F56AM valuation, I was outbid on this eBay (UK) listing which I was outbid on and I missed the auction close, but look at the sold price. After fees/deductions not including the actual cost of delivery by 1st class standard, the vendor will receive £46.91, so I would think he made a huge loss as he told me he wanted to get £100.00 for it, and I replied and asked why he didn't start the listing at his minimum acceptable price needed for which I had no response, and also note there was only 2 bidders and one of them was me.

Anyone who's looking to buy togging gear ought to look on the free-to-list UK classified sites and others, so here's my list of candidates I would recommend any UK Dyxum member should search in addition to Dyxum or any other camera forum classified ads:

Free to list UK classified as sites:

Gumtree
Preloved
Preloved

High street retailers with web based inventory:

CEX
Cash Converters
Cash Generator
London Camera Exchange (LCE)
Ffordes

The above lists are in addition to the most obvious places to search and maybe there are UK Dyxum members who didn't know of or think about looking there and if nothing else, it makes sense to add each to their respective favourites or bookmarks list.

Another recommendation is to open a free TopCashback (TCB) account as there are hundreds of online and high street retailers and e-tailers as you can save a lot over time and even eBay (UK) is listed, and it's free money, so it's crazy not to, and TCB is 100% bona-fide and you might've seen their TV ad with the guy sitting on TOP of a hippo with a TOP hat talking about TOP tech etc, well . . . that's them.

If anyone wants to sign-up for a free account, then use this link and also download the browser, tablet or smartphone extension or others (see the devices list), and if you've done a general web search, if any are registered with (TCB), you'll get a drop-down notification showing what retailer it is and the amount in % or a fixed amount, so you'll never miss an opportunity if you're in the market for some item, service, flight, train or ferry tickets, and always check to see if there are any 'live' discount codes as you can use them as well for a double rebate, so it makes perfect sens to me, though I use it a lot.

If my long-winded droll is of any use to UK Dyxum members then IMO, that's job done, but if not, then that's fine as well. After all, it's a personal choice to make.

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Cex is worth a regular look, and prices for less fashionable items can be very low; you get no idea of condition but can return stuff if you don't like it.
I've bought several cameras and lenses from them and been very pleased.
You can take stuff back to any branch, too, unlike LCE which is basically a franchise.
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