Photographer’s $3K camera accidentally sold at Goodwill for $70, TikTok helped retrieve it

May 22, 2023

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer’s $3K camera accidentally sold at Goodwill for $70, TikTok helped retrieve it

May 22, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A thriving photographer was recently in the middle of a very weird story involving her camera. Her mom accidentally donated her Canon R6 Mark II to a Goodwill where it was sold for $70. This led to a massive emotional rollercoaster and huge support from the TikTok community. They helped to trace the couple who’d bought the camera, and it all led to even more kindness from Canon themselves.

How the camera ended at Goodwill

Kelsie Lee recently published a video on TikTok and a post on Instagram, explaining what had happened. Her mom accidentally dropped off her brand new camera at the Anthem Goodwill in Arizona along with the other stuff she had donated. It wasn’t only the camera, but the SD card inside of it which was filled with memories from the day Kelsie bought it, as she said through the tears.

@kelsierlee

Please tiktok do what you do best

♬ original sound – kels

The photographer explained how it was possible to accidentally donate an expensive new camera. She said that she had been using it to take some photos before she went out to dinner with her family. She was hesitant to bring it to the restaurant with her so she wouldn’t damage it. However, she was also afraid that it could be stolen if she’d left it in the car.

She and her dad thought of a “great idea” to hide the camera in a cardboard box in the back of her mom’s car. She went to take the camera from the car two days later and realized that the box with her Canon R6 in it was gone. Her mom had absolutely no idea that the camera had been in the car. “Be nice to my mom,” Kelsie said in a follow-up video where she explained how everything happened. She added that Goodwill processed everything really quickly and that her camera ended up on the shelf in no time. When she went there to look for it, it turned out that she’d missed the buyers for just one hour!

@kelsierlee

Ok you guys – this is how my camera ended up at goodwill

♬ original sound – kels

The community to the rescue

The Goodwill sold the camera around 4 pm the same day to a couple, and Kelsie hoped that her post would reach them so she could get the camera back. She had offered a $500 reward for the return of the camera and the SD card.

TikTok and Instagram users did what they do best (at least the kind ones on the platforms). They shared Kelsie’s posts in an attempt to help her track down the couple. Her story went viral and even ended up in local news. A family member of the buyers saw it, and shared it with the couple who’d bought her camera only a couple of days after it ended up at Goodwill.

Reuniting with the lost camera

After the buyers found out where the Goodwill camera came from, they immediately reached out to Kelsie. As she’d previously had surgery, they drove to her to bring her the camera back. They’d deleted the photos from the SD card before that, but Kelsie will get it recovered and hopefully get her photos back.

@kelsierlee

Replying to @_cheamcreems and that’s a wrap!!!!

♬ original sound – kels

The power of social media

If you think this is a happy ending to the story, I’m happy to tell you that there’s more. After she got her camera back, Kelsie asked her followers in another video to help her get Canon to provide the couple with the camera of their dreams. People tagged Canon USA in the comments, and they replied within hours: “We got you!”

@kelsierlee

Replying to @Sarah YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

♬ original sound – kels

Kelsie said that Canon had reached out to her and confirmed that they would provide the couple with another camera. Keep using social media for good,” she concludes. “This is the best possible way to use it.” And I can only agree with this. After recently going through some cyberbullying, I’m happy to be reminded that there are still so many awesome people on social media who use it for good causes.

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8 responses to “Photographer’s $3K camera accidentally sold at Goodwill for $70, TikTok helped retrieve it”

  1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Just ask the mom to buy it back.

  2. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
    Matt Nicki Lautemann

    Glad it worked out!!

  3. jsm Avatar
    jsm

    No, rewarding people for making mistakes is NOT good.

    1. jazzmsngr Avatar
      jazzmsngr

      Well…the people who got rewarded didn’t make any mistakes they bought a $3000 camera for $70 and then had to give it back. Technically they didn’t have to. So Canon rewarded them. Not the girl who lost it.

    2. FrogLuvR Avatar
      FrogLuvR

      I’m wondering if Daddy bought her the camera. If the $3,000 came out of her pocket, she might have been a little more careful about keeping it close.

  4. jazzmsngr Avatar
    jazzmsngr

    My thought here is – ok the story about putting it in the box is sensible to a point….who leaves a BRAND NEW camera anywhere for two days without being touched?? Every camera I get I can’t put down for the first month I own it. I understand not editing the photos right away but I would have grabbed that camera the second I got back out of the restaurant!

  5. jazzmsngr Avatar
    jazzmsngr

    My thought here is – ok the story about putting it in the box is sensible to a point….who leaves a BRAND NEW camera anywhere for two days without being touched?? Every camera I get I can’t put down for the first month I own it. I understand not editing the photos right away but I would have grabbed that camera the second I got back out of the restaurant!

  6. FrogLuvR Avatar
    FrogLuvR

    Oh boy, this shows that the most dangerous person dealing with your camera is you. If this camera was so important to her, why leave it in that box for 2 days? Just bring it into the store or restaurant.