Written on: 31/03/2013
I have been a member of both AVForums and Talk Photography for several years. Both have their merits but Talk Photography scores much higher if you wish to buy or sell anything. To buy or sell on AVForum you simply need to register which makes it open to abuse by scammers.
Talk Photography on the other hand will not let you access their classified section until you have been a member 30 days and made 60 posts. This qualifying period is likely to be too much effort for scammers and likely to dissuade anyone wanting to scam you.
Having bought and sold on both you are also more likely to get a sensible deal on Talk Photography. Too many people on AVF seem to expect you to give them your gear at stupidly low prices or offer their kit at ridiculously high sums. Often the same member is guilty of both.
Both suffer from a few members who seem to think they are experts on every item of camera gear ever made and liberally strew their pontifications across all threads.
The other problem with both web sites are the petty little moderators where the power has gone to their heads. As the quote goes "give a little man a little power!"
However if you seek advice and guidance both sites have plenty of knowledgable members who will help.
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