In the past I have bought equipment at auctions, sales, through clubs, etc. I always said I would never buy anything for more than half price. And that would have to be in excellent condition. Within the past year or so, bee supplies on the used market has been ridiculous. 80%-90%-and full price just to save on shipping. The bargains are out there but not like they use to.
I wish for the day I bought three pickup loads of supers and hive bodies for 22 dollars. I wish for the days I could buy at 25 cents on the dollar. I was at sales when it was just me and another fellow and we knew what each wanted and "pooled" our efforts. Now most auctions I have 5-10 beekeepers, all beginners, and its not worth the time to attend the sale on a Saturday.