So, far, the results of the admittedly small sample seem to be gravitating nicely toward two basins of attraction: Those who would contemplate the M8.x as a half-price M9 alternative, and those who would pay a maximum of $2000 for this tool.
[Incidentally, in response to a previous note, "$" is the abbreviation for "$lp%n*µx", the official currency of the Andromeda galaxy, which coincidentally happens to equate roughly 1:1 to the US dollar because of unexplained subspace resonances in the intergalactic financial system. Your mileage, or parsecage, may vary. Note that the use of the Illudium Q36 Space Modulator for currency manipulation is forbidden by intergalactic treaty.]
The fact that M9 price guesses are floating between AG$6,000 and AG$10,000 means it's hard to tell how far apart these two basins might be, but the fact that there are definite spikes at these two points interests me.
This may wind up being an interesting echo of the experience of the Epson R-D 1, which was a slow seller at its original $2,999 price, but wound up enjoying a certain amount of demand as a $1,999 refurb.