Where do old point and shoots go?

A couple of weekends ago, I dropped off a car load of stuff at Goodwill. While I’m familiar with the back of building drop off area, it’s been years since I visited their store. I was curious. What do they actually sell? What does the store look like? May be I’ll find some ancient digital camera that might be fun to play with.

This was on of their big Goodwill stores with rack and racks of well-organized clothing. I saw some electronics in the back corner and I went to investigate. Load of old VCRs and DVD players and some old tube TVs. No digital cameras though. I finally found two 90s era film point and shoots but that’s about it.

That got me thinking. Where do all those millions of old digital point and shoots go? They were certainly not at the Austin store. I later found out that Goodwill holds auctions for collectables. They have a surprisingly decent auction site with lots of old film and digital camera gear.

Here is a link to the camera and accessories section.

I’ve never bought or sold anything on ebay so I’m not much of a auctions guy. But I looked through the site and I noticed a Yashica Electro 35 that was expiring in an hour. I have a soft spot for that camera, it was the first one that my father ever let me use. I wanted a clean copy for display purposes so I bid on it and won. I paid $20 plus shipping.

And here it is. It arrived a few days ago from Florida. I really don’t care if it works or not, I have no idea. I just want to display it as a photography related memento from my childhood. The product photo taken again with the Olympus TG-2 waterproof point and shoot.

Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Yashica Electro 35 GSN

I’m not necessarily recommending that you get anything at Goodwill. They don’t seem to test the cameras adequately to be certain of their state. But if you want a display item or want to take a chance, I see a bunch of interesting old stuff out there.

Even with the 200+ digital cameras listed, it’s a remarkably small list. Maybe the old cameras end up at ebay or perhaps they just break and get tossed out. After all, there doesn’t seem to be much residual value to the modern era disposable electronics. Nothing like the old stuff that just looks and feels good even if it’s unclear if they work.

So what have you done with your old digital cameras?

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9 thoughts on “Where do old point and shoots go?

  1. Oh wow. That was my very first point and shoot. It died when I dropped it on the cement floor of a parking garage in New Orleans on my 50th birthday. How strange to see it again!

    1. Well Mike, you know I have some other fine film classics. I might break it out someday to see if it works. I with definitely hit you up when I do.

  2. Except for the first one (lost through my divorce), I am still using all of them. My first one (entry level, P&S lumix 2008) was always pretty good for digiscoping. Second one, bridge camera, Lumix fz28 (2010) is often in my bag for nature walks (macros of butterflies, and documentation pictures of birds).

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