I'm just starting to buy grip equipment and I'm trying to find some places to buy used. I know about Ebay of course but I thought there might be some Ebay-like websites that specialize in grip or stores in L.A. or Southern California that might sell used stuff (I'm located in L.A.)
I'm also looking for ideas for clever alternatives to "official" grip equipment. For example I can buy rods at Filmmaking Stores in L.A. for 10 dollars but maybe there are places not related to filmmaking that sell metal rods that work just as well - but are only a couple bucks each.
Other items I'm looking for that I'm wondering if might be found for sale at non-filming stores that I'm looking for:
Car suction cups with 1/4 or 3/8 inch mounts
C-clamps with baby pins (Although I'm guessing probably that is specialty - but maybe a place that will weld pins to C-clamps and the overall end cost would be cheaper than buying a Mathews new, for example).
Or any other items that people have found to work at a fraction of the cost.
I'm doing a lot of car mounts and lighting.
Thanks in advance for any help!!!
Edited by Chris Mirden, 13 January 2013 - 04:49 PM.