Common Scams Photographers Should Watch Out For

Photography is a common hobby and profession in which high amounts of money and valuable equipment frequently change hands, making it a popular target for scammers. This excellent video essay details some of the most common scams in the industry and how to recognize and avoid them to ensure you are not taken advantage of. 

Coming to you from Tony & Chelsea Northrup, this important video essay discusses some of the most common scams in the photography industry and what you can do to recognize and avoid them. When it comes to selling gear, I would personally never use eBay. eBay's dispute policy tends to be very friendly to buyers, and I have known plenty of photographers who have sold gear there and ended up on the wrong end of a manufactured dispute. On top of that, the selling fees were always a bit rich for my taste. I am a big fan of Fred Miranda for buying and selling used gear, especially since they just charge a flat yearly fee for membership instead of a percentage of transactions. Wherever you decided to do your business, though, just be sure to do diligent research to ensure your money is safe. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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