On the used market, we tend to get a really good feel for what’s going on in the Gear world.
For a couple of years, the Moving Light market was a head scratcher. Rental prices were quite flat, however – MAC2000 Used prices dropped and VL used prices went up! As a rough show of numbers
MAC2000 E Profile – 06 cost $5995 / 08 cost $3500 / 09 cost $4250
VL3000 Spot – 06 cost $5000 / 08 cost $6750 / 09 cost $5800
I think this shows me that as the economy has tightened, companies had to pay much closer attention to their fiscal responsibilities, or shall I say BECOME fiscally responsible.
How can you pay 40% more, and collect the same revenue? Obviously, that will have a fairly negative impact on your ROI. At the same time – it will also hurt your ability to re-sell the product. At $4000-4500, you can buy a MAC2000, use it 6-12 months, and likely get your money back quickly. On a VL, it really depends where the market goes. I love the VL fixtures, but again, at $200 / week – why spend the additional money?
Just to clarify, I am talking about used only. When you discuss new, I think the pricing gets very close between the two. At that point, you choose what makes most sense for your inventory, your clients needs, etc.