You guys just don't get it do you?
"New gets a warranty, used does not. For only a few hundred dollars why do people not just buy new?"
"For a piece of electronics like this, I find it hard to see it sustain such a high resale value"
" It would take at least 25% for me to buy used for a camera body. They are basically
disposable compared to nice glass"
All your whining about why the camera is so expensive used must have failed simple logic and economics.
High prices in a used market can be attributed to supply versus demand. There is not enough used D700 supply to make the price go down because the demand is high.
Reason 1) No easy upgrade path: People who bought a D700, can upgrade to a D3S, but that costs more than double the D700. So you won't have many upgrades.
Reason 2) The D700 replacement holdout. Yup, people have the D700 won't upgrade to a D3S because they know a D4 is immenent, and maybe a D800. These guys will wait until a new replacement camera comes out. When this happens, the used price will drop to $1400 range.
Reason 3) No downgrade path: Owners won't downgrade to DX because they are invested in glass.
There are probably many reasons more why people won't sell. For me, I don't want to spend over $3,000 more to upgrade when the D700 is perfect for what I need.
shiva takes the cake . . .
because those people are stupid - if you can't yield a 50% savings on buying new, you're pissing away money on warranty issues that could come up. . .
a D700 for $1200 makes sens (used). . .
Seriously $1200 used? That is what a D300S and a D7000 used go for. I doubt you will see this price for at least a year. Even if the D700 is replaced, I would keep my old one as a second body. It is worth more than $1200 to me. If you find one for $1200, it is a stolen body.
Finally another reason the prices are so high is this is made like a tank. I think all the FX bodies are made in Japan (higher quality) and the DX ones are made in Thailand. Same is true with the PRO lenses.
And . . .
This is not a cheap DX camera that some newbie used. The D700 is considered a PRO camera, so the used one you buy was used by someone who knows cameras, and how to take care of them. Buy a used D3000 and it may have been used by a teenager, or a granny . . . may not have been stored properly, etc.
Admin - is there a reason to keep this thread open? It is more of an economics topic.