I'm glad you pointed that out because I certainly didn't say you wouldn't lose money in any shape or form. I suggested buying used because I got the camera at a reasonable fraction of the original price - so someone *was* already losing money, strictly speaking. However, that's not what I meant - and neither the seller nor I looked at it that way. I was trying to put across that it's not that big risk (if at all) to buy and try the camera, especially if you buy used - though if you want to turn a profit, you definitely won't (see used prices for M240s and M9s, as shown in your post). However, I'm not after that at all - I've wanted a digital Leica for ages, and I jumped on an opportunity to get the exact model I judged to suit my needs best. I got a pristine camera that feels a lot like a film M in most important (to me) respects, except that is isn't, but instead it's capable of delivering impressively good digital files. We'll see how it goes - but I'm not feeling bad about this acquisition, nor will anyone cause me to do so. I have thought long and hard about this for months and tried other routes and options before buying. It's not a write-off, no matter how you look at it - I'm going to use this camera, not sell it in a hurry, and I'm pretty certain I'll get my money's worth out of it in due time. I also realise that I probably shouldn't have posted in this thread ... It might be seen as kind of gloating ... That's not what I'm about. M.