Originally Posted by earthsciteach
I've only been in this hobby since last March. How are the after-Christmas sales from online vendors? Is it worth waiting to get some good deals?
I would just buy from whoever is a decent vendor and has decent prices. By chance, I was going through receipts today, and nearly dropped dead when I saw what I was paying for gear back in '04.
Not much reason to wait, to save a few dollars.
So called great deals are often overpriced, old junk. I've found a number of shops and distributors that must like the taste of obsolete gear. I'm sure they are eating it, because they refuse to sell it at the prices necessary to liquidate it before it becomes pre-historic. The smartest distributors these days work on the formula of high sales-low profit margins. The idea is that they never lose money, because they always liquidate stock before it becomes obsolete. They will often go out-of-stock, even when they could have sold the gear for more money. They do that however, so as to not take any chances. The same day that the AR6400bl came out, the brushed 6400 stopped selling. If you buy from a smart distributor, you are likely always getting a decent price. The catch-22 is finding one that also has decent people behind the operation, that deserve your money. For ethical reasons, I will give the right person a few more dollars.