I am in the market for a Nikkor 70-200 VR. Recently there was a post in the marketplace for a pretty bunch of Nikkor & Canon items. The price is generally a little cheaper. About 10% less. E.g. I would save about $200 on the 70-200 VR. (Retail is about $2850, offer in marketplace is $2650)
I don't have any expereince with professional grade lenses. Are lemons out of the box common? Is it a big risk to take for the 10% discount? I understand these lenses go into war zones, highest mountains and the deepest seas. Probably survive them all too.
What is your take on gray market items? Your dry cabinet is filled with them? Or do you feel it's silly to be penny wise pound foolish?