Quoted from davewtf:
You aren't being fair, Dan. You run the MGC, everyone knows who you are and you have so many connections in this hobby it's ridiculous. If this were fishing, you'd be using dynamite and the rest of us noobs would be using a bare hook.
True, however I know more than a handful of people that do the same thing, and I think you'd be surprised by how rarely I use my MGC connection when it comes down to buying machines.
Of the 4 sub-$1k DMD machines I bought, two of them I found for sale on web sites without knowing the person selling them in any way, contacted them quickly, and made the deal. And for the record, I don't follow Craigslist or eBay for machines regularly.
It's like I have said time and time again, you have to be willing to wait as long as it takes for the machine to show up if you want a good deal, and / or not mind so much what the machine is.
The machines that I buy through my contacts with the MGC tend to be for market value - remember, there would be no point in giving me a discount at the MGC if they could bring it and sell it for the same price instead. The true difference is patience.
I will say though that whenever I think I'm done buying for a while, I have a bunch fall into my lap. I'm almost out of a "buy" list now entirely... which you'd think would make me slow down, no?