Quote Originally Posted by cowanw View Post
Is there an economic model that makes sense for a seller to buy their own lens at a high value.
I don't want to impute dishonesty to any one but I do wonder if these 5500-12500 dollar values are from real purchases.
Yes, with items such as this setting the "market" value through a sale can be economically advantageous. Same thing happens with real estate, art and other high value items. You can typically get loans, insurance or perhaps sales by setting an artificially high value for an item and then ...

typically dishonesty at some level is part of the picture though.