I just purchased one locally for $700 without the hood. It would have cost me $900 for a new one with the hood, after taxes. The main thing turning me off is how it's a 7 year old lens purchased in 2004. I now feel that it's a bit ridiculous that I actually bothered to pay that.
Was it worth it? I have some little regrets- feeling a bit uncomfortable that I really only saved ~$160 (200 minus whatever the hood was worth) and ended up with something that's been used for 7 years. I forgot to check whether the hood was there after I paid the guy. This was through Craigslist, not POTN.
The lens itself is very nice. Or, is it typical to only save such a small amount for used items in this hobby?