I have been waiting to sell my camera and buy a dSLR in its place - waiting for a specific moment, either when the planets are perfectly aligned so as to make the sale of my old camera practically pay for the new one, or in such time as I was able to afford the new camera all on its own. Well, affording the new camera is still a good way off. The unforeseeable future, as it were.
But the planets, on the other hand, may be falling into line. My camera has recently been discontinued and Canon has not released an updated version, so it seems to have created some demand. The price that it's selling for on eBay is now consistently a couple hundred higher than it was just a few months ago.
On the other front, the camera I want has a $100 rebate on it through July 15th, making it the cheapest I have seen it.
If I want to do this trade in, now is the time. So I've listed my camera on eBay. I tried to make my camera stand out from the other ones being sold, so in addition to including extra memory and a nice camera bag, I offered a free 8x10 matted print. It's probably silly, but I am hoping it is just intriguing enough to encourage higher bidding. :)
In the meantime, I'm watching all the other sales that are taking place. Just yesterday, I saw one go for $676 and another cap out at $455 and not even reach its reserve. The difference in what was bundled with the camera was pretty minimal, but the listings were drastically different. The one that sold sounded like it was from someone who legitimately had a like-new camera, whereas the other just listed a few lines about the camera's specs and threw up a blurry picture of the camera box or something.
It's fascinating to watch the bid history on these items. I just don't have enough experience with eBay to understand bidding strategy. What is the point of bidding on an item days before the auction ends? Are people trying to increase the cost of the item? Or do they think they're staking their claim on the item and it tells other buyers to back off because it will just turn into a bidding war? Well, I don't really care as long as my item sells. Right now it's up to $200 with 18 people watching it. Is that good for an item with three days left? It seems like most items get some early bids on the first day, a few bids over the next few days, and then there's a rash of bidding at the end.
If, in the end, I don't reach my reserve price, I will be disappointed, but hopefully the demand for my camera will continue to increase and I can try to sell it again in the future. Also, Canon may come out with a third new Digital Rebel in September, so it will be interesting to see what they offer and how it affects sales of the current Digital Rebel...