Just for your info, the stated price of the camera is $499, but I intend to offer $250, and walk or buy at $300. As I said, it's been there awhile. In Amazon and Ebay, that's what they're selling for, used.
Because you're assuming all risk on the purchase, NEVER offer the sticker price. If they get insistant (We gotta have ... ), remember, there are the online stores, with low prices, and a robust return policy. Pawn shops don't care if you badmouth them. The online stores are very sensitive to that. That having been said, it becomes your duty to become somewhat of an expert, because, when you're standing there, its just you and the salesman. It is not gauche, or a sin to just walk away.
Thank you for helping arm me for the conversation with the salesman.
But ooooooh the prices. And they have stuff you just won't see in stores!
I actually printed out the checklist. Been reading it over and over.
If the pawn shop doesn't work out, Amazon and Ebay have d5000 and the occasional d5100 at my price. That will leave me free to get the Tamron 18-270 with VC, used, and a "nifty fifty". Both of those at a brick and mortar store, with 90 day guarantee. That, plus a camera bag from Amazon, and I'll be set.
By Sep 30, I'll be ready to move up from my point and shoot. Excited.