Why MPB is the best place to give your beloved camera gear a new home (while netting some handy cash in the process)

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We all remember our first camera. Whether you cut your shutter-snapping teeth on the iconic Nikon D3000, or had a hand-me-down Canon EOS 5D (or something in between), the equipment that kicked off your creative journey will never be forgotten.

If you’re an avid photographer or videographer, chances are you’ve got at least a drawer/shelf (or several) dedicated entirely to storing your gear. From camera bodies and lenses, to filters, spare batteries, and a whole lot more, you can physically see how your progress has developed over the years as your skills and needs have evolved. But while holding that coveted gear in your hands and reminiscing about the good old days makes for a powerful hit of nostalgia, your unused kit is also contributing to the staggering £1 trillion worth of unused tech in our homes.

There are plenty of people out there who are either starting out on their own photography adventures, or are on the hunt for some of the exact gear you may have. So why not let your loved-but-unused bits of kit fulfil their respective destinies instead of sleeping away on the shelf? Not only will you enable other people to save a bunch of cash and make this wonderful art form more accessible to more people, but it’s a great way for you to make some extra cash in the process. 

It doesn’t have to be a hassle either — MPB offers everything you need to buy and sell gear without any fuss (with an average payout of £650, no less), in addition to acting as a one-stop shop for tips and tricks, articles, competitions, and a whole lot more. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Scroll down for the full lowdown…

Free online valuation, super-fast payment

Fujifilm X-T4 on a wooden railing

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Imagine, for a moment, lugging a bag of expensive camera gear to a shop, and haggling over the price of each item for hours. Clearly not a fun experience. Thankfully, MPB’s online valuation is instant. Simply select the gear you have, state its condition, and you’ll get a quote in seconds — and all without leaving the comfort of your couch. And with over a decade of experience buying and selling kit, MPB’s used product specialists are trusted by thousands of visual storytellers in the UK, with fair and accurate prices. In fact, if the experts who assess your equipment (after it’s collected for free) find it to be in even better condition than you originally stated, you’ll receive more money than the original valuation. With more than 625,000 visual storytellers served globally, 400,000 individual items of kit recirculated each year, and a five-star Trustpilot rating, you can also sleep easy. What’s not to like?

Oh, and if you’re put off by past experiences with, say, selling your old phone on certain sites and waiting months and months for a payout, fear not. MPB pays cash directly into your bank account, and it all happens within days, not months. There aren’t any cheques, vouchers or any other nonsense to convolute the process either, making for a much more pleasant experience. You can, of course, choose to put your newfound cash towards upgrading your own equipment too, which is a handy bonus. And, as long as it’s within the same transaction, any used gear you buy in exchange comes with free delivery included too.

It doesn’t get much easier than this

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Once you’ve got your quote, it’s time to pack up. Simply pop everything you’re selling in a box, arrange a date that suits you for collection (which is completely free of charge, by the way), and hand over your gear as it goes off to a new home. 

Once your equipment is on its way, simply wait for the valuation check, and boom — you’ll get paid. And because you’re dealing directly with MPB and not unknown third-party buyers on sites like eBay and other online marketplaces, you’re immune from time wasters, additional fees, and having to upload pictures. In other words, absolutely no headaches. If you’ve had a change of heart at any point before you’re paid, MPB will even ship everything back to you for free, so you’ve really got nothing to lose.

A new chapter

We admit, it all sounds too good to be true, especially in a world where things are rarely simple, but selling your used gear and shipping it off to a new home really is as easy, risk-free, and simple as we’ve described — and that’s all without even mentioning the triple sustainability home run. Not only are you making some extra cash, but you’re helping keep perfectly working electronics in use, while letting another person with your passion access better, more affordable kit to help them enjoy their own creative process.

If you have any questions before, during or after the process, you can also rest easy in the knowledge that MPB’s customer experience teams, based in Brighton, Brooklyn, and Berlin, will be on-hand to answer all of your questions.

If you need any more detailed info, there’s a plethora of useful information on the MPB platform, which you can pursue at your leisure. Happy selling.