Jimmy, that may well be the case if you're supplier's prices are too high, but the guys I was talking to couldn't be "spot on" in at least all they say because I caught them in too many lies and contradictions in the course of a 2 minute phone call. That's what made me question more and come here to post.
Two of the major names I called are trying to sell me a used lens for the same price a third major player is currently selling the lens brand new for. I wanted to trade, higher value for lesser value.
If I sell it used and then go buy the lens I want instead brand new I can make $200 or slightly better on the deal myself without breaking a sweat, I know this without question. All 3 offered to pay me $700 for a lens I can easily sell for $1,000 to $1,100 on any equipment sale/trade forum. And I didn't even want cash, I wanted a trade for another used lens. And based on the crap price they offered me, they obviously already paid less for the used lens I would want to pick up in exchange, so overall there is probably at least $400-$500 profit in it for them, and I just handed them the deal and they wouldn't take it. I was laughing, because they walked away from that, insisting that they would make more like an $800 or so profit instead if I played it their way, come on, lol...
I am leaning towards neuroanatomist on this one, I buy a lot of computer parts, HDD's, CPU's, motherboards, etc., and I know the retailers I buy the stuff from make good money on each sale they make. The same places sell camera bodies and lenses, high end stuff, and they barely sell any accessories compared to others, and they don't sell or deal in used at all. This idea that camera retailers who actually bother to stock the product don't profit - I think is a well oiled and perpetuated myth. I'm just looking for the detailed facts to explode it with. I mean, just look at Best Buy as well (not the computer retailer I use btw), but I doubt they make exceptions on selling EF-S equipment just so they can have a rack of tri-pods and bags to sell. These people make money.