Does it bother you when you see inflated MSRP’s for used gear on AG?

Chances are if you’re looking at an ad you already know what it went for when new but I still find it annoying / irritating at best and dishonest at worst.  Moreover, it seems the trend is getting worse in terms of frequency and % of inflating original retail prices.  In some cases, (where applicable), a seller’s response usually revolve something like, “well, that is the current price” , not acknowledging that current models often have upgrades that would account, at least partially,  for the increase.    Am I the only one that is bothered by this?  Just curious.


They can ask what they want, but it is only worth what the buyer pays for it. If the buyer pays a high price then it must be worth that much to them. I never pay more than what the product is worth to me, no matter what the buyer is asking.

Just yesterday I saw a pair of Sennheiser wired ear buds on USAM and the seller quoted a retail price. He was asking was 50% of that price. Naturally, I quickly and painlessly looked these up on Amazon and a dedicated audio retailer and found the actual retail price to be substantially lower than the seller indicated. I was considering making an offer for these earbuds but not after I caught him inflating the supposed retail price. BTW, I consider the retail price to be the actual price you would pay for a brand new unit under full warranty from an authorized retail channel. For older models that are out of production I use whatever the reviews say was the retail price at the time of the review.

I've got a simple piece of advice for sellers. When you inflate the retail price of your item it just makes you look dishonest and stupid. It only takes a few keystrokes to find out the true retail price.

Who gives a Sh**, to each their own…too many Web police officers a detectives on the forums calling people out.  Just don’t buy the item if it’s listed wrong or priced wrong, a good buy is the perception of the one paying for it with his/her money not yours.

This is a tough question. In short it depends on whether you are a buyer or a seller.

As a seller I price my component high- hoping for the "Greater Fool"  In short people with money here not the greater fool. 

As a buyer I think an honest meeting in the middle between my motive (for free) and the sellers motive (a profit) makes for a good deal.

What really bothers me is when I'm a legitimate buyer with cash and want a legitimate used item price the seller pretends his item is worth what he paid for it,

In the end there are 3 things that force a seller to accept reality: Death, divorce and Debt.  That's when the prices get real.  To you old bastages who hope someone is dumber then you I say "good luck dinosaur"