Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/12/15

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New RF Buyer...
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 15:47:27 -0500
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Steve - I think your example may be the exception, rather than the rule. 
The price you paid for that equipment when you bought it was so far 
below market as to be laughable. For your example to have any meaning at 
all, you should take each of those pieces - body and each lens, check 
what similar equipment was selling for in 1985, and see what it is 
selling for today - after the adjustment for 15 years of inflation. My 
guess is that, had you not gotten such a rediculously good deal when you 
bought the stuff, you might be breaking even now.

Generally, used Leica equipment does hold its value - as long as you 
take good care of it. New Leica equipment markedly depreciates, but 
probably does so less than other manufacturer's new equipment.

But all of this ignores the real question here - is someone buying 
equipment to use, or resell? And what can the buyer afford at purchase 

B. D.

BTW - When it comes to your brassed to hell and gone black paint M2, the 
question is not what someone was ASKING for it, but what they ended up 
getting for it.

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