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MPB: Used to success

Posted on Feb 24, 2023

Once again, MPB has triumphed in the PN Awards, scooping up the coveted best used specialist retailer gong. One trip to the site and you’ll understand why

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When it comes to buying and selling used equipment, Photography News readers agree with the wider creative community – MPB is the destination of choice. The online platform has been voted the best used specialist retailer in the PN 2022 Awards and paying a visit to will soon confirm why.

Put simply, the company offers the largest global platform to buy, sell and trade used photo and video equipment. Other online options are out there, but it’s important to recognise that MPB is not a marketplace where anyone can sell. Every item on the site is carefully scrutinised by MPB’s experts, so you can buy in complete confidence.

Products are added to the site daily, with over 3000 items typically posted each week and 400,000 items recirculated on an annual basis. Naturally, this means you’ll have a huge range to choose from, but as well as cameras and lenses, you can also buy a range of accessories, including tripods, flash units, filters and bags – or find something a bit different to open up a new range of creative opportunities. Want to try close-up photography, but don’t want to splash out on a new macro lens? Fancy taking up video, but don’t want to spend thousands? MPB is the place to go for these reasons, and so many more.

Whether you wish to buy, sell or trade, MPB makes the process simple and stress-free. If you’re selling equipment, just type in what you’ve got – including the condition – and for the vast majority of items, MPB will give you a price on the spot. In some cases, you may have to wait for a costing, but that will be a matter of hours, not days. 

You can be confident that the price quoted isn’t arrived at by guesswork. MPB has its own dynamic pricing engine, which uses supply and demand data to provide the right price for your kit. Factors including age, popularity, brand and condition are all considered, saving you the need to ‘shop around’ for a better deal.

Happy with the price you’ve been offered? Accept the quote and you’ll be sent suitable packaging to post the item off to MPB for checking. Once it’s received, MPB staff will cast their expert eye over your kit, confirming that all is well so you can get your cash. What’s more, if you’ve underestimated the condition of the kit, you could receive even more!

If you’re purchasing or trading in kit to buy something else on the site, the process is equally hassle-free. The items you see listed on the site are the actual products on sale, not a stock photograph. That means you can closely check condition before deciding. You also have the added peace of mind that all items sold from MPB, regardless of condition, have a six-month guarantee. 

MPB has enjoyed multiple wins in this hotly contested category of the PN Awards – and that’s down to the excellent service our readers receive. The company is rightly proud of its reputation for delivering first-class service – it is rated ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot with over 19,000 reviews from satisfied customers.

Buying used may not be the first choice for everyone, but it’s becoming increasingly relevant in modern society. The cost of living is increasing for us all, so choosing used will make your money go further – typical prices on products bought from MPB are a third less than new. And don’t think that the platform is populated with aged cameras dug out from the back of a cupboard. With a few exceptions, MPB only stocks digital cameras, plus you’ll often find the very latest models – on average, newly released products will appear on the platform within three months.

There’s also an environmental consideration – selling equipment is a far more planet-friendly approach than sending it to landfill. Plus MPB’s own business is on track to be net zero carbon by 2035. In addition, all the packaging used is 100% plastic-free, while the platform itself runs
on 100% renewable electricity.

Navigating your way around the site is simple. Home page links allow you to quickly get access to recently added kit, plus you can compare and filter listings to find exactly what you need. If you need help, live chat is available, plus there’s a handy FAQ section – or you can message MPB directly for a fast response.

As we gear up for another year of photo and video making, you’re sure to have a few items on your wish list. Make MPB your first port of call whether buying or selling – you could well end up bagging a bargain.

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