I’m a Kijiji/Pinkbike bottom feeder, I’m all about the best bang for the buck and I’m not afraid of buying used if the price is right and the condition is good.
While this means that I’ve only ever bought one bike new, I have been able to amass a pretty sweet stable of bikes (too many at the moment actually LOL) that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.
The “downside” (although I don’t really consider it such) is not having the latest and greatest. Which I am perfectly fine with, all my bikes are sporting 26" wheels.
I’m also pretty well outfitted to do my own repairs, mods, etc. so that definitely helps.