MilesW wrote in post #13741465
I do not like the idea of buying used. Most of what I see is not a lot of difference money wise for me to take a chance.
Yeah there are some people, if not, many people, who don't put themselves in the buyer's shoes when selling on local Craigslist.
TS-E 45mm- locally here it's roughly $1300... $1200 if you're really lucky... if I buy one NEW from B&H, after being nailed by local taxes through the border, it's roughly $1340 I believe...
17-40L- locally here it's around the $700 - 750 mark, with ones occasionally going for 650 but they don't last.
50L- local price is $1300 - 1400. An new one around here is roughly the same price, only +12% tax (so, I really only save roughly that)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4: $500 - 550
In cases like these, I just can't be bothered to buy used if I'm going to save that puny ~10%. Personally for me, I must save at least 20% to justify buying used (although I'm more comfortable with 25 - 30%), otherwise I'm just going to stay safe and buy new. I'm taking risk that you're going to sell me something bad, and I expect to be compensated adequately... If I'm saving like only 200 from something worth 2000 new, then I'm not going to bother taking that risk... now if it was 1400 - 1600, then I'll think about it.
- My 5D2 (~5-6k clicks) I bought for $1750 used... 2240 new after tax locally (and at the time, was sold out everywhere). I think I'm happy with that, but make it 1800 and I probably wouldn't have done it.
- 17-40L paid $700 used, cost me roughly 830 - 850 after tax and border surcharges as its being shipped through the border (or 917 after tax through a local store).This one was MEH, since at the time it was more of an impulse decision. Would have been happier if I paid 600.
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 I bought for $450... this one I was fine with since I purchased it from a POTN member with good history and he acknowledged that it was a good copy, so avoided the Sigma Lottery at the same time.