I'm an upper-level film student and I'm considering buying a modestly-priced camera slider for my own productions. I'm having a little bit of a hard time justifying the cost, however, as I won't really be making money with it.
However, I had the thought that I could rent it out (via Craigslist probably) to smaller productions/other students to recoup some of the cost. Do you guys think that's a viable idea? I feel like I would rent a slider locally if the price was right.
I am a big fan of renting but I am not sure I would rent out any equipment I really cared out. As nice as people can be, too often they don't take care of rented equipment with the same dedication as they might their own gear.
If you go this route, definitely make sure you get insurance on the slider and it would also be a great thing to offer insurance against damage for your renters at an extra cost.
The other challenge I would see would be the constant work needed to package and ship the slider unless you would only let people pick it up in person. I do a little equipment selling from time to time and I must say shipping is the biggest pain in the process!
Sliders are a limited market so I am not sure how much you can charge and still make it worthwhile, also you wouldn't be renting tripods or other gear related to DSLR Video production. I suggest checking out sites like BorrowLenses.com to get a feel for what rates might be reasonable for you.