I was looking for a lathe before I started making my own and I still browse the ads even though I'm near completion. And there are some machines that, if I had the money, I would definitely do some bargaining to have them.
For example, who wouldn't buy such a lathe (just for having it around and maybe come with a use for it)?
1,4 m faceplate diameter, 2 m width of cut, 3 m slide.
For 2400 euros. Maybe ask for 2000?
Or who doesn't like something like this (cause these damn things are so relaxing to watch):
For 2200 euros. Maybe ask for 1500?
Or, my favorite, something like this:
A Craftsman AA109 for 500 euros! Imperial (of course), swing (or diameter?) not sure, 35 cm distance between centers.
Sadly I could only afford the last one IF it was priced maybe a little more than half. It sounds expensive buying a 50-year-old (?), and probably worn out, piece of machinery that "turns" in imperial units.
Lots of machinery shops going out of business due to retirement (and the crisis) in Greece. There is a lot of "old steel" looking for new homes.
I actually might call that guy and see if the lathe is still around...