I've been in the market for some new studio monitor speakers for my man-cave/recording room, and decided to go with a pair of Dynaudio BM5As. On Friday, I found a seller on eBay with a starting price of $450 and a BIN of $825. Noticing that the seller's location was less than 30 minutes away from me, I contacted him about picking them up and saving the $80 shipping charges (which is a bit steep, but not totally unreasonable if he's shipping across the country). He was fine with that, so I submitted a bid with a maximum of $500. The $450 starting price was less than the reserve (reserve amount was undisclosed). The auction ended with me as the only bidder at $450. I contacted the seller to see if he'd still be willing to sell the monitors. Being that I was very interested in them, and I wouldn't have to wait, I offerend to bring him $500 cash that day. The seller responded that he couldn't take less than $800. I proceeded to explain to the seller that his asking price of $800 was unrealistic. The current verison of these monitors sells for $700-800 brand new. Based on completed listings on eBay, the older model (which was the one for sale) typically sells for $400-500 on the used market. If they were worth any more, there would have been more bidders. The seller responded again that he wouldn't go any lower than $800. :scowl: Oh, well. After all that mess, I made a deal with another seller for the current version, brand new, for $700 including shipping.