Really?! You haven’t seen the prices down over on the ‘Mart or AP’s sitting for days, weeks lately? A recent 175 was asking $24k, a 130 was under $6k and a nice Star 12 is still there at its usual asking price. Okay, maybe “sales are soft” is more palatable ?
Three scopes do not a trend make. That 175 has a scratch on the ota and a dent in the objective cover. With scopes like this condition is everything. And even damaged it is selling for 25% over the new price.
130's are all over the place. High end scopes like these often change hands outside the public eye, one doesn't see those prices. I know of a couple of 130 EDF scopes that sold privately in the high $7k's this year and one for a bit over $8k. They were in pristine condition. The length of the waiting list helps prop up the prices of 130's, the initial market price new and sheer numbers prevents it from going crazy.
Star 12's are what, 30-40 years old? Haven't seen the ad, don't know its condition.
One thing that has changed for sure is that AP now sells their new scopes at pretty close to market value (as determined by sale of perfect condition used scopes) so there isn't that insane appreciation that we used to see where a just purchased scope could be flipped immediately for huge profits. What a new scope is sure to do is retain its value with a modest appreciation if it is cared for properly. When Roland retires all those scopes are likely to get a bump.
Edited by Paul G, 17 June 2019 - 04:01 PM.