He paid less for the gun than the cost of the full coverage engraving by Andrea Scholz would cost. Hell, the engraving cost alone easily exceeds the cost of an un-engraved heym 88b.
Buy smart. I told @VertigoBE its not that he couldn't afford this gun, its that he couldn't afford to buy a bad gun. Buy once, cry once. It's easier to suffer the pain to the pocketbook when you know you paid $30,000 less than it cost to make 15 years ago. Buying used and vintage is the way to go.
Congrats again, @VertigoBE
Thanks again @rookhawk. I believe you have made me see the light on (lightly) used guns. There are deals to be had on the used market, but one needs to know what to look for.
By the way, the gun is actually from 2015, it has not even had its 7th birthday!