Re: If you were buying all your equipment again...
Lol bob, Honeybees will forage over about a 2 mile radius from the hive. Do you know how many acres are in a 2 mile radius circle?
A = Pi X Radius^2
A = 3.14 X 4
A = 12.56 square miles or about 8000 acres.
Bees won't travel that far unless they have to, but they will go where needed to get the nectar. I guess what I am trying to say is that an acre here or an acre there really doesn't stack up in a bee's world.
If you are buying used equipment, there are three things to know.
1. is the equipment solid and well maintained?
2. Is the colony strong and well established?
3. Have they been treated for disease? or mites?
From your description, it looks like you would get 2 deep brood chambers and 2 supers included in the colony. That is a reasonable price for a colony in good condition.
DarJones - 43 years beekeeper, 10 colonies, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 11 frame broodnest, small cell