For example, I found a Craigslist ad offering a Nikkor 105mm f/2 D/DC for $800; on the other hand, the same lens is available from KEH for $890 — a discount of about 10% for Craigslist.
What you give up for this $90 price discount is:
- return period
- (short) warranty
- ability to pay with a credit card
- shipping anywhere (in the US, at least)
- a known seller with a good reputation
For me, 10% seems like not enough discount. But, I'm sure what is, and I wonder what others think. What is the right price discount for buying gear on Craigslist vs. from a reputable seller like KEH?
To clarify, the assumption here is that KEH/Adorama/etc. are setting prices that are more or less correct for the market. The question is: what's the right premium for the extra benefits you get from buying from a business instead of a private seller on a reputation-less but in-person service like Craigslist?