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I found myself in the market for a lightweight tripod as humping what appears to be the superstructure from the Tirpitz about with me was getting beyond a joke.

I narrowed the field down and decided that it didn't have to be a brand new item as a used item would suffice and save me a bit of brass into the bargain. On browsing the ebay and online auction sites I was a bit shocked at the prices they were eventually selling for, but I found a good example and "watched" it eventually placing a bid with an upper bid entered onto the system, I managed to resist the temptation to watch the final minutes and was a little disappointed to be £75 off the final winning bid, I watched a few more and marveled at how close to the MRRP they achieved.

I finally googled the item and found brand new versions being sold for just £50 more than the used ones, I thought I may as well go ahead and bite the bullet and get a new one complete with its guaranty and all about the same price on the big 4 photographic sites when I decided to check out my local independent dealer, I am so glad I let my fingers do the walking, as I found it advertised at nearly £90 less than the big boys and cheaper than most of the used ones on Ebay, and to put the top hat on the deal the manufacturer was giving a free head away (worth £120) with the model I wanted, and an extra 3 years warranty.

I suppose its a bit like buying a caravan, the big boys dominate the headlines but your local dealer can make you really happy.

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Selling photo equipment can be quite ridiculous. ...people seem to over bid to the point of matching rrp sometimes.

Were  it not for the loss of 14% selling and eBay fees I would do it more often. I’ve just px a camera at a local photo store for only a few pounds less than the eBay price after fees!

I have several Manfrotto tripods, some really heavy studio jobbies, but these days they stay at home for the same reason as you mention.  In fact I use monopod most times now. ..I even converted the wife over to using one, which has 3 outrigger feet to help with stability!

I tend to use  http://www. camerapricebuster. co. uk/  website to shop around for best prices.

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It's always worth having a look at Wex - not many people realise that that also do used equipment as well.

Bass and Bligh in Harrogate also do quite a bit of used kit - mainly cameras/bodies and lenses - but sadly I don't think they have a web site any more but they do indicate that they are on Camerapricbuster. Knowing them they are probably on social media as well but I cannot confirm as I am a stoic non-user!

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