How to Sell or Pawn Your Camera: 3 Tips

February 11, 2020 - Equipment and Tools

Have an old camera you’re thinking of selling?

Well, at pawn shops you can sell your item or use it as collateral to secure a cash loan in just a few minutes. I have a friend who has absolutely fallen in love with a Nikon DSLR camera that came out this year; he called me the other day asking if I could help him get cash for the camera that he already has for the new Nikon he wants. To help you get the most money for your camera, here are three things you need to think about before you visit your local pawn shop.

Thanks to Brian at Pawn Nerd for providing his help in putting together this guide. You can read more about Brian’s advice on pawning and selling cameras here: How to Pawn a Camera.

1. What camera kind of camera do you have?

Right off the bat, knowing what kind of camera you have is important. While there is still an active market for newer digital cameras, film cameras are all but dead. Not too many people are going out of their way to struggle with developing film when they can use a digital camera to print or share their pictures online the same day they took them. If your digital camera is a snap and shoot or a DSLR, then you’re in business to get quick cash.

2.  Does your camera come with a memory card?

Adding a memory card adds money to the offer price. If you decided not to add the memory card, then just bring it along so that the pawnbroker can test out the camera to make sure it works well.

3. Completeness

Bringing along the packaging, cords, charger, and case adds a lot of money to your offer. Pawnbrokers love completeness because it is easier to sell the camera. Presenting the camera as a complete, fully charged, and functional item will get you the best offer for your camera.

If you have any questions or need advice on selling or pawning your item, shoot me a message at We’re always eager to help!

Jordan Birnholtz
Jordan Birnholtz

Jordan Birnholtz is the cofounder of PawnGuru. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Jordan started PawnGuru in 2015 with Jon Polter, David Stiebel, and Jessica Zahnd. When he's not working at PawnGuru, Jordan volunteers his time to support undergraduates in building socially-responsible businesses and organizations through Optimize, a program at the University of Michigan.

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February 13, 2018, 6:27 AM

I didn’t know that bringing along the packaging, cords, charger, and case adds a lot of money to your offer. My sister wants to renovate her house but she doesn’t have enough money. My brother suggested going to pawn services and shared this article with her.

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