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    Posted: 04 April 2019 at 19:00
Do asking and/or selling prices for used lenses fluctuate by season?

I wonder if used lens prices increase in spring and summer because (some) people start thinking about getting outside and shooting? And conversely, in winter perhaps lens prices dip a little because interest in photography (for some people) wanes?

I realize that some photographers shoot year round. But I would assume that hobbyists, who are also part of the market, are more active when the weather is nicer.

Thoughts anyone?



Edited by roger2 - 04 April 2019 at 20:18
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Yes, prices fluctuate quite a bit. Around Christmas tends to be the best selling time for me.
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That makes sense. When is the worst selling time?
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I usually find that lens prices are at their highest when I'm buying and at their worst when I'm selling !
The time of year doesn't seem to make a difference .....
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More lenses are bought when they are needed - spring and early summer in particular; the number of lenses bought as X-mas gifts is generally over-estimated - which leads to an oversupply at year's end (most of my best buying deals I could pull off shortly before X-mas).

So my hypothesis - based on experience and on the number of bids on fleabay of a couple of lenses I follow there - is that spring and early summer make up the selling season, year's end on the other hand is the buying season. Late summer and fall are so so.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wesleysa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2019 at 21:48
Don't forget us here in the Southern Hemisphere!

Winter is coming :)


You may have a point regarding Christmas gifts... Personally never received a lens for Xmas, maybe I need new family ;)
 



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Originally posted by wesleysa wesleysa wrote:

Don't forget us here in the Southern Hemisphere!

Winter is coming :)

You may have a point regarding Christmas gifts... Personally never received a lens for Xmas, maybe I need new family ;)

I have received a lens for χmas, but only because my standard practice for gifts is to buy my own and then pass them on to my partner so that my (now adult) children have something good to give me. It avoids the perennial problem of needing to seem grateful for yet another unwanted item that you can't easily throw out (or regift if that's your tradition).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote whiteheat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2019 at 23:22
Originally posted by roger2 roger2 wrote:

Do asking and/or selling prices for used lenses fluctuate by season?

I wonder if used lens prices increase in spring and summer because (some) people start thinking about getting outside and shooting? And conversely, in winter perhaps lens prices dip a little because interest in photography (for some people) wanes?

I realize that some photographers shoot year round. But I would assume that hobbyists, who are also part of the market, are more active when the weather is nicer.

Thoughts anyone?


Yes, there may well be seasonal variations but it depends on which market you are talking about. The US market may well be seasonal. However, if you are using ebay and selling/shipping globally, then not so much as opposite seasons will be happening somewhere across the globe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote roger2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2019 at 23:26
Good point about the global market.

I am not a seller, and will be limiting my activities to the US (+Canada) market. Could be that I am looking to buy at the wrong time :)


Edited by roger2 - 05 April 2019 at 01:58
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The global market isn't negligible - but very heterogeneous. I have never offered my stuff globally - as a EU citizen only in the EU, and I notice this to be a common pattern. So I think the proportion of transactions which are limited to the regional markets is considerable.

For EU citizens fleabay has introduced a service which deals with the customs fees in advance for imports from the US (I do not know whether this works the other way around as well). I used it recently for the first time - it means a real speeding up of the transaction (takes just a week or so), very convenient. When importing something from Japan it takes three days to arrive here and then stays with the customs office for four weeks to be processed. And with some bad luck I have to get it in person (going to the office, 20 mls away). But the free trade agreement between Japan and the EU should end this kind of hassle.

So customs fees are still preventing a "global balancing out".
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Photosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 April 2019 at 15:19
Business tax incentive for purchasing gear before end of year. That's when I buy.
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I buy and sell loads in the UK (and EU, though that may end soon ). Anyone who knows me remotely here will know I change lenses more often than I change my underwear
I don't think there are any seasons for photographic gear. Not that I have noticed anyway.

It might be slow on Christmas day or that week itself because people are spending time with their family rather than looking online. But I have managed to buy and sell during this time also.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2019 at 10:54
I think that s/h prices in shops are influenced by supply, so they tend to drop whenever (a) new stuff gets end of line discounts, or (b) when really good new stuff appears and everyone gets rid of their old stuff, but you may have to wait a while for the prices to get real.
The non-specialist shops in the UK like CEx are now full of Nikon and Canon SLRs as people have moved to mirrorless, but the prices haven't dropped yet to reflect that fact that hardly anyone wants to buy them unless they're dirt cheap.
Try and find a Sony mirrorless in CEx, though, or indeed any s/h E-mount lenses in any camera shop, and it's much more difficult.

EDIT: by s/h I mean second hand. It's a common abbreviation here, but perhaps not elsewhere!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote roger2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 April 2019 at 21:57

@ Miranda what is the meaning of "s/h"?

I have only ever known those two letters together to indicate shipping and handling. That meaning does not fit the context here. I noticed that you also used s/h in your 2014 review of the 75-300 F4.5-5.6 New, which I read recently.

BTW, I just purchased a copy of that lens, based partially on your review comments    From that auction site, a very clean looking copy with what appears to be the original hood, for $22.50 shipped. Gotta love A-mount...

Don't even know what I will do with it. But for the price of a pizza, it looked too good to pass up
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