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MPB: Second to none

Posted on Dec 1, 2022

There are plenty of places to buy used kit, but for value, service and choice, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat MPB

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It doesn’t take a genius to know that most of us are facing a financial squeeze right now. But that doesn’t mean your beloved hobby should suffer! Buying used equipment is one way to give your creativity a boost, while still watching the pennies. And when it comes to pre-owned kit, MPB is among the best in the business.

Nominated in the hotly contested best used specialist retailer category in the 2022 Photography News Awards, MPB is the ultimate online marketplace, ideal whether you’re buying, selling or both. Every week, thousands of pieces of equipment are bought and sold through the recently redesigned website over

Why buy from MPB?

As one of the UK’s most trusted online retailers – with a 4.8 Trustpilot rating from over 21,000 reviews – MPB makes buying used equipment simple and risk-free. It offers a huge range of stills and video equipment – from cameras and lenses, to gadget bags and filters. Plus, each item is carefully checked, cleaned and photographed prior to sale by the expert team at the company’s UK HQ in Brighton. What you see on the website is exactly what will be delivered. 

All items are given a condition rating from ‘as new’ to ‘well used’, with both photographs and a written explanation making it clear what you’re buying. Regardless of condition, all items are covered by a six-month warranty as standard, plus MPB offers a no-hassle return service within 14 days of purchase if the item isn’t as described. You can’t get better peace of mind.

Choosing the used option is not only a great way to upgrade your kit for less, it’s also ideal for trying something new. That’s exactly what we did with a DJI Mavic Air – see the panel on the next page.

Expert care: Staffed by a team passionate about film and photography, MPB has a wealth of technical knowledge

Why sell to MPB?

Whether you’re looking to monetise pieces of kit that you never use, or keen to trade equipment for other items on the site, MPB makes it a simple, painless process. Put in the details of what you have to sell on the site – along with condition – and, in many cases, you’ll get an instant quote. Some items will need to go to MPB’s experts for an accurate price, but you’ll still get a figure within hours.

If you’re happy with the price quoted, MPB will send all the necessary packaging to ship the gear – for free. Once received and checked, the money is paid into your bank account. On some occasions, the price may need to be modified if the item isn’t in the described condition, but this works both ways. In our experience, we’ve been paid more than the quote!

As well as doing something for yourself, you’re doing good for the planet. Choosing the used option keeps equipment out of landfill – MPB recirculates 350,000 items every year. Plus, if you buy, sell or trade in November, the company will plant a tree via the One Tree Planted scheme.

What’s not to like? Buy or sell from the comfort of your own home, knowing you’re dealing with experts who want to give you the best value. The site is well worth a visit – and a vote in the PN Awards!

Article originally published in Issue 102 of Photography News.


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