I have a Fender Deluxe Precision that I bought in England from a dealer for just over £1000 (and that was with a small discount). I have seen a 2 year old example in good condition go on eBay for £460 which is about the same as a passive American Precision. Luckily I don't need to sell but it got me thinking. That is one heck of a drop in value, although it is perhaps an extreme example. I know it is far less risky to try before you buy, especially with the variable quality of some makes, but over 50% loss in value needs some swallowing. At that level it is worth taking a few chances on eBay, then keeping the best and selling the rest. So which makes hold their value? Musicman looks good. G&L not so good. Fender - it seems to depend on the model. Boutique or custom basses made seem to take a fair drop. Any comments?