There's nothing about this thats odd. Newer products come in, older ones get cheaper. Lets say your looking for a 2k2 Intimidator, well you've got 3 generations on markers ahead of the gun you're trying to own. Each version is looked up as better than the last. Value is decending and so on. You're going to get the 2K2 cheaper most of the time over an Alias or so. The difference nowadays is that the marker chain continues to grow higher and higher. With each newer version, the marker you thought was worth 800 just went down to 600. The market gets flowed with products that do the job just as well as the newer one. An Alias used is 1/2-2/3 the price of a used Vice sometimes and those were exceptional markers.
Every new gun that comes out has the few buyers who have enough cash to buy one straight up, try it out and then grab all the sweet 2-4-1's or they got it at a lower price than most people and make a little profit. What it does is immediately lower the value of what just came out.
Example: The 09 Ego comes out and you are trying to sell your 07. You get a buyer who wants the marker, but you are going back and forth on a set price. Your price was fair market value when you posted it, but since then, 08 and 09 Ego owners have been advertising low sale prices. That just fuels your buyer to say, well I just saw an 08 for 750 and your model (last year's) is listed at 730 shipped. Now you may say, fine and tell them thanks but no thanks, or take what you can get while you can.
Mags hold their value, Nexus Cockers hold fairly well for how old they are, Ripper1 Intimidators, Vikings and Excals if milled hold fairly well. Most anything else and you are fighting a falling resale value. Bob doesn't do yearly guns, great idea. It promotes customer confidence that the gun I just bought is top a of the line for a while. It also ensures that when there is a newer model, the changes will back up the justification to buy one. It is a huge buyer's market out there. Used guns are a plenty and deals are everywhere.
Last edited by mcgyver : 01-15-2009 at 09:23 AM.