Having spent about the last five years churning and chasing gear, reading lots of forum sites, testing lots of equipment, I've come to a realization I likely already knew: I'm cheap. Sure, I love to play with new toys, but I am learning to be honest with myself. I don't love new toys as much as a I love a bargain. Don't get me wrong! I don't shoot pictures so I can trade gear (yet, anyway). I got into trading gear because I shoot pictures. But, I have to come clean -- finding a bargain is just as much (or maybe even a little more enjoyable) than getting the shot. I know this is anathema to many, or at least some, but it is what it is. So, I thought I'd start this thread, and see if there's anyone else like me. I am hoping it would be OK to talk about all photo gear, and not just m43, but avoid topics of "this is better than that." I marked this as an "open" post -- open to both other posters and any gear (as long as the mods are OK with that). I figured I'd start this ongoing thread to encourage three types of posts: Gear Deals, both good and bad. For fun, maybe we can post great gear deals we've made recently, but also the ones we think we might have missed entirely on. A bargain could be just a real cheap piece of kit, or it could be an expensive piece of kit that you got a great price on. Pictures taken with said bargain gear. I think it would be more fun to post pics from recently acquired gear, and not just pics from old gear you no longer have, taken 3 years ago. For instance, I no longer have an EP1, so I won't post any pics here from that camera, but if you got a steal on one now, post away! Confessionals of how cheap you are, what price levels you are willing to spend, what triggers a buy (or a sell) for you, etc. I hope this kind of thread is OK with the mods in the "Open" section, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I'm going to post samples for #s 1 and 3 above, and hope to get some pictures up here later.