All you can do is hope to score one used at a good price or catch a Olympus Europe refurb sale - I got one in less than externally nice condition used with fine optics but I don't think I'm going to part with mine.I was hoping to see something happening, after all m43 dies twice a week on youtube. I'll try monitoring the used price too...
My 12-40mm f2.8 has sat in my bag unused since picking up the 12-100mm. Often now when I leave home instead of taking a bag with 2 or 3 lenses, I take my E-M1 II (E-M1X as of Friday) and my 12-100mm.Definitely one of the best lenses of M43. It deserves to hold its value! I am able to get 1-3s SS handheld with ease on the GM5 with it.
I think the pound has fallen about 15% since the original price was set. An increase was inevitable once existing stocks were sold.The price for this lens went up by about 25% in the UK on the 1st March. It was £929 and is now £1199. Many other lenses went up by a similar amount at the same time. Interestingly, bodies and body/lens kits remain unchanged.