I bought an Ashdown C110 from Sound Control (in Dundee) less than a year ago. I found it a little underpowered and later bought an ABM mini 48 as an extension cab. Unfortunately I decided the set-up was still underpowered and asked them to quote me a trade-in price for the (mint condition) C110 on an ABM C115-500. They've offered me £350 for the C110 on a trade in, but have also said that they will not move on the asking price of £949 for the ABM C115-500 if I'm trading in. I know that if I was paying cash I'd pay substantially less than that. So it'll cost me £600 plus the C110 for a combo that lists at £200 more than the C110 new. That's £400 I'll have dropped for buying the "wrong" combo first. One reason given for the low trade-in price is that the trade price for the C110 is not much more than £350. Fair enough, but that suggests a profit of nearly 50% of the selling price on Ashdown gear. They would have earned that on three separate pieces of equipment they'd sold me in in less than a year, at a total value of £2,050. I reckon they could have made about £900 profit in total from those three sales. I can't imagine they'll have any difficulty selling the mint C110 for £450 used, so if they broke even (or even lost £50) purely on the trade-in deal surely that's a reasonable gesture to make? What do others think? Am I justified in thinking that this is pretty greedy of Sound Control, or is it just a fact of life that the value of bass equipment is decimated as soon as you take it out of the shop? Either way Sound Control have probably shot themselves in the foot, because they will not be selling me an ABM C115-500 and they are a lot less likely to get my custom in future.