The bands I've been in over the years always play out a decent amount which really puts cosmetic wear and tear on equipment, especially cabinets. Jam spots are usually dusty/dirty. Because of this I usually buy equipment that already has some rips/tears and years of grime on it. I used to buy nicer stuff but it always just got beat up. I've found that paying the extra money for a super clean piece of gear is almost a waste because it's just going to get messed up, so I usually buy something that's a little beat up at a better price. Now, I'm not talking about abuse. There can absolutely be a correlation between external appearance and how well the person took care of a piece of gear. I think most of us have seen gear that's been left in damp basements or unfriendly enviroments. But... not always. I've found if you're careful you can find stuff that's just beat up from use, but not abuse. I've also found it's a great tool for negotiating price. I've been able to negotiate a better price from quite a few people and stores by saying "well, it's pretty beat, I'm gonna have to re-tolex it/paint it." Am I weird for doing this or do other people see the practicality of it? Don't get me wrong, I love a nice new shiny piece of gear, if it's gonna live in my basement. Otherwise I just don't see the point.