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invoice. My logic is that, if the company has nothing
to hide, and is not a dealer trying to make a profi t
from the sale, then surely you should be able to see
the original invoice?
In the case of a cameraman selling his camera, it
is highly likely he bought it from a reputable dealer. If
so, he will gladly share the information – and, probably,
moan about the amount by which the kit has devalued.
Looking at the original invoice, you can check if it was made
out to the cameraman or to a fi nance company – and you
are fully entitled to check that the fi nance has been settled
and that title has passed back to the cameraman. On several
occasions I have seen people trying to sell kit that is owned
by a fi nance company. This is usually done through naïveté
but, regardless, it means you won’t get clean title.
If the kit is of signifi cant value, I will ask the directors of the
company, or the private seller, to state that the kit has clean
title. Asking them to add a simple sentence to the invoice
(such as “I Joe Bloggs/We the directors of XYZ Limited do
personally guarantee and indemnify that this equipment has
clean title, no lien and is clear of all encumbrance”), and then
personally sign the invoice, normally helps to focus the mind
of the seller.
Steering through complexities
All this is, I hope, helpful guidance. But please understand
– these are my personal views and are not offered as formal
advice though I hope they steer you through the complex
world of buying (or indeed selling) second hand kit.
If you would like to know more about buying second hand
kit, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or write
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