I think it goes without saying (then why am I saying it?) that many of us are viewers of the for sale threads here. All one has to do is look at the number of members viewing the for sale section to see it is very popular.
One trend I've noticed for quite some time now is the, I don't want to say inability, but the great difficulty in selling lighting equipment, whether it be monolights, packs, and especially modifiers, from soft boxes and on and on.
To what phenomena can we attribute this?
I feel it's different than most other items that languish: those suffer from a disease called high pricitis.
For instance, the 85L 1.2, a much sought after lens, in the past few years has lost value on the resale side. And that's fine. The market dictates the price. I sold one some years ago for the then going price of $1800. Now the same lens moves for closer to 1600 and under.
The G&N section has many, many viewers and many who long to do that type of shooting and want studio lights, strobes, etc. However, post one for sale and you've not only got to basically give it away to move it, you've figuratively gotta pay someone to take it off your hands.
Case in point. A very large stripbox, very high quality, along with a grid, speedring, etc, is currently for sale from a well established member. He's offering (if you include sales tax one would pay a store), the box for almost half price. That would be the equivalent of the 85L 1.2 selling for 1200, in which case there'd be a stampede of buyers. Yet, it sits and doesn't sell.
I myself have purchased studio lights at B&H over the years, first two Elinchrom 600 rx monolights, and then the Eli Quadra kit. I eventually sold the Quadra kit, but only by offering a SUBSTANTIAL discount off new. And it was mint and as good as new, almost never used.
So, my fellow forum members, who by now are bored to tears with my rambling, if youv'e gotten this far, to what do you attribute the extreme difficulty in selling studio lighting and modifiers, even at very fair discounted prices?