It's mind boggling to me to read comments to the effect that it's not a big deal to get a used camera with 1500 actuations (sold as though it's brand new), because the total shutter life of the camera is going to be much much more than that.
The law in my state and 2 adjoining states is directly contrary to that proposition, as the law should be.
It would be better for us all if those few who hold this notion just send periodic cash donations to manufacturers to help them with their bottom line. The last thing in the world that I need is for commercial producers of consumer goods to start making the exaggerated claim that "most people" now think a little bit of prior, undisclosed use of "new" products is alright, as long as there's just not "too much" prior use. A more vague, ready-for-abuse criteria for "new" could hardly be imagined. Just as you're either you're pregnant, or you're not, a product sold as brand new is either brand new, or it's not. And if you see other retailers "doing it too," you should be calling them because it's blatantly illegal in the several states whose law I'm familiar with, and probably in yours, too.
I would say 1500 is too much, I wouldn't even expect a demo model to have >200 before being sold. The problem with "new" in electronics is that it needs to be tested before it gets to the retailer. So I would expect that the various modes get tested and that the buffer is recording sufficiently etc.
It's like the chip inside your computer, Intel's manufacturing process actually turns on the chip and then they run the chips through a stress test. Depending on where it failed it becomes a server chip or desktop chip, some might just not function and need to be tossed.
I am assuming they are running the final firmware on the camera during testing which might not be true, they might be running a testing piece of software which runs through the tests automatically and therefore the shutter actuation's aren't even recorded.
I wouldn't expect to pay full price for a demo model of a LCD TV because it would have a large number of running hours which actually affects it's lifespan.
So what is a reasonable shutter count for a new camera, 0.1% of MTF or 1% of MTF?