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Trade-Ins Welcome

Old cameras collecting dust or taking up valuable storage space?


We take Trade-ins!

Plus, your trade is worth an extra 12% because it reduces the PST/GST on your new purchase today!

Bring in your old film or digital camera gear and trade up to a new camera or buy that accessory you've been wanting. We take a great variety of camera equipment in for trade.

On most days, we can do in-store evaluations in minutes. However, there are times when a trade-in evaluation may take a little longer such as if the store is busy, or if you are bringing unique or multiple items that may require extra time. Please note: some municipality bylaws restrict us from accepting trade-ins during evening - please feel free to contact us for more info. We carefully inspect your items to ensure they're in good working condition and review your trade with our head office evaluation experts to ensure fair and current values. This also helps us ensure that the customer buying your trade-in will be happy with their purchase.

We consider most digital cameras, SLR film cameras and lenses, flash and other related equipment. Regretfully, we do not take video cameras, many older point-and-shoot film cameras or older digital cameras because they may have very limited value in today's market. 

Prior to your visit:
- Feel free to contact us via email or by calling any of our stores.
- Do come in before 5:00pm to ensure the trade-in can be processed prior to the cut-off time as required by municipal second-hand bylaws. 
- Remember to bring in the chargers, cables and other accessories.

Please Note:

- Any quote we provide vie email/phone are estimates. We cannot provide precise values without physically examining the item/s.
- Since we need to comply with city bylaws and other regulations, our values may significantly differ when compared to selling your item through third party sites.
- We are required by municipal bylaws to obtain personal information from your photo identification and to submit to the appropriate authorities when items are traded in.

How do we determine values?

  • First, to determine the re-sale value (what customers are willing to pay for your item), a number of factors are taken into consideration when determining trade values. Condition, age, customer demand, and current stock on hand of a certain product.
  • Digital cameras are similar to computers because they change so quickly that their values drop accordingly, unlike film cameras prior to the digital era. While an older 6-megapixel camera may have little value, it can still save you some $$$ and better than collecting dust in a closet. Re-sale value for a current model item may be 2/3 to 3/4 of its new price, to reflect what a customer is willing to pay for a pre-owned item without manufacturer's full warranty. A higher value may be given for items if you bring in your original invoice as this may enable us to sell it with the remaining manufacturer's warranty. All trade values are reviewed by our specialists at head office who have decades of experience to ensure fairness and consistency.
  • Next, after determining the re-sale value, we deduct 40-50% to cover our selling costs, which is a similar rate as charged by consignment-type businesses. (Note: the rate may vary greatly when it involves older/less popular items.) This covers the warranty that we offer customers (that they wouldn't get if they bought it privately), various business costs incurred to process, promote and sell used items, plus we can't sell most items for a month due to municipal bylaws. We may need to adjust the price or it may take many months to sell. Items requiring some repairs prior to re-sale will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Remember....your trade is worth an additional 12% because you'll save PST/GST on your new purchase.So, a trade-in value of $500 will reduce your new purchase by $560. The tax savings only apply towards the purchase of cameras and other equipment purchased at the time of the trade-in.   The tax savings do not apply to gift cards, payment on account, or other credits,  in accordance with GST and PST tax regulations.
  • Trade-ins may be applied towards a gift card. However, the tax savings will not apply towards the gift card, in accordance with GST and PST tax regulations.

We'd love to hear from you.

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