I'm not getting out myself, but getting in more and more: expanding. But having a conversation with a friend, he talked about how hard it is to get your money back if you sell out of beekeeping. He said you'd be very luck to make 50 cents on the dollar.

What are your thoughts?

Is it always a losing proposition?
Is the possibility of selling out a solid reason for using the most standard equipment you can?
Are there other ways to maximize your resale value as you build your operation?