Why do you suppose that people are beginning to ask nearly new prices for used equipment? Why would I pay new prices for a NIB part from 1999 when I can pay the same thing for a brand new part with all of the intervening improvements? Why would I buy a group over the net for $150 less than new, take the chance of getting screwed by some con and pay the postage besides? Apparently this group is either attracting nitwits who think that they can turn it into a commercial proposition or nitwits who are so stupid they'll pay anything for a part. You can also watch the bidding on parts over on ebay where used - sometimes VERY used - parts will go into bidding wars and someone will pay more than new prices on junk. Curiouser and curiouser. Personally I think it's time to revert to buying only from my local shops where I can hold the stuff I want in my hands before buying.