Don’t get Scammed!!!
If you are not in the business of renting out equipment, you should not rent your equipment out. It all sounds innocent enough, but it could be a scam.
Let me set this up for you, so you’ll understand where I’m coming from. I just did some research and I see that the Canon 5D Mark III is retailing at $2,799. That is the price for the body only, and of course lenses could be any range from there. So, we are going to say that I want one but the price tag is a bit steep. Instead I call you and the conversation goes like this:
“Hi Mr/Ms Photographer, my name is Jeff and although you may not know me, I work mostly in NY, I have a job to do in Wichita (or whatever city you’re in). I’m not real crazy about traveling with all of my equipment, so I wondered if I might be able to rent a camera and lens from you for a couple of days.”
You say: “Well I might be able to do that. It depends on when you are going to be here and what you are looking for.”
“Great! I’m looking for a Canon 5D Mark III and a 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens with IS. If that is equipment you have I would be willing to pay in advance at $250 per day. Does that work for you?”
You say: “That sounds fair. When do you need it?”
Needless to say; you might be catching on to how this scam works. Eventually we settle on a date and time to meet at the local airport (want to make this look legit). I pay you $500 in advance to “rent” your gear and you never see me or your gear again.
The bottom line is that I get the camera and lens that I want for $500 and you get a big headache the next time you go out to shoot a job. If you are not in the Rental business, do NOT rent your gear out.