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We will be in Las Vegas for 2 weeks in September. I have a very nice Canon camera setup with all the lenses, filters etc. What I would like to do is check out some of the pawn shops in Vegas to see if I can find a reasonably priced back up Canon camera. Has anyone had any experience buying from a pawn shop or recommend a good one in Vegas? This is our first trip there and I have never been in a pawn shop before. DH thought this might be a good spot to check some out.

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The only words I can think of when dealing with pawn shop, is "Caveat Emptor" Buyer Beware! You make a purchase as-is, no warrantee, nobody knows nothing. That's not to say there are no real bargains, but you have to know your product and the market. I think you'd be better off shopping camera shops that have a 'used' department, who check out their trade-ins and will stand behind your purchase, at least for a while.

Since there are the pawn shop shows on TV, Las Vegas might be the worst possible place to shop a pawn shop. Check out a few in your local area. I find that here, their prices are too high and the chances are that the items are not in great condition.

Jim
 

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There are plenty of pawn shops in Florida.
 

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Yep, do it in Florida before the trip. But I would check Craigslist first. Before looking at anything, check prices on Amazon and eBay. Camera have gotten so cheap, I don't think you will save very much with buying a used one. Most people are using their cell phones these days and have left their camera in a drawer or a desk at home. So there is a good chance you can get a one or two year old camera that has been hardly used for cheap.
 

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lots of choices

Here are some good places to shop for used gear that offer some limited guarantee:

B&H Photo

Adorama

KEH

This site has individuals selling their own gear, and each seller is rated. However, there is no guarantee unless you work something out in advance, (That's usually something like 5 days to make sure it works when received.):
BTW - this site may give you a good idea of current used prices.

Fred Miranda Buy and Sell

Ron
 
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If your goal is to find a used camera to keep as a backup, then the sources recommended above will give you a lot to think about. (I've used B&H many times, and highly recommend them.) If the point is to use the experience to learn about pawn shops, then have fun exploring.

If it were me, given that cameras have become so inexpensive, I'd avoid used, and buy a new one that has the features you want in a backup camera, but provides it in a different footprint. By that I mean make the second camera a pocket-sized camera, or even a point-and-shoot that has features you'll like.

My spouse has a degree in commercial photography, and is an extraordinary photographer. Owns a ton of camera gear, the main part of which is a top of the line Nikon DSLR with numerous lenses, and many, many gadgets and such to go with it. Second to that one (and a recent purchase) is a high-end Sony point-and-shoot. And third in line is a Leica glass-lens pocket camera. Adding my own cameras to the mix is a long-lens Nikon point-and-shoot, and last of all is a lowly, but very convenient Nikon CoolPix pocket camera I've owned for about ten years. When we travel, a constant question is "Which camera(s) are you taking?" I carry both of mine, and let my spouse deal with the tonnage packed into those heavy camera bags. I figure if you want to use it, you have to schlep it. ;)

None of this answers your questions, but it may give you some food for thought. You may want to consider what you'll use a second camera for. At our house the other cameras are used when the big set up is too much to carry around, or when a smaller camera is a better fit for the occasion. And we won't talk about the cell phone cameras, which take better snapshots than anything else in the house. ;)

Have fun shopping!

Dave
 

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We will be in Las Vegas for 2 weeks in September. I have a very nice Canon camera setup with all the lenses, filters etc. What I would like to do is check out some of the pawn shops in Vegas to see if I can find a reasonably priced back up Canon camera. Has anyone had any experience buying from a pawn shop or recommend a good one in Vegas? This is our first trip there and I have never been in a pawn shop before. DH thought this might be a good spot to check some out.

Suzanne

I wouldn't buy camera gear from a pawn shop!
I also have Canon gear but use POTN and FM buy/sell listings for used camera and lens purchases.

Maybe it's too late for this trip but look at the mirrorless camera options for traveling light. They take all your Canon lens (as well as other manufacturers) and are smaller and lighter than a DSLR. I use a mirrorless model for traveling and local events that only cost $250 including the 'pancake' lens.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless/
 
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Brett, thanks for the information on the mirror less cameras for traveling light. Look like time to purchase a new camera.
 

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Thank you all for your good advice. I will check into the places mentioned.

Suzanne
 
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