Ok, I understand, but that is how business is done: If you decide to upgrade your system you would:
A: Keep your old equipment as backup, buy something else.
B: Sell the whole Contax kit including the back to a newcomer, buy something else.
C: Sell the back seperately and go with a competitor DB, ask for a good deal.
D: Trade the back to the new manufacturer, because he offers a better price than the market and you accept that it might be trashed, whereas it was already mentioned in this thread that dealers try to bring those trade-in backs back to life.
E: Find another solution, IŽm not aware of at the moment.
I understand your complains about the broken upgrade path, but I may stand corrected, but that 528 has been an Imacon, not Hassy back? It has been a rollercoaster for MF during the last years, Hasselblad and Imacon went together, kept on developing, Contax is discontinued, Mamiya digital has vanished and the AFI/Sinar/Rollei is a question mark, Leaf was bought by Phase, what happened to Sinar and Eyelike? Leica and Pentax launched new products. LetŽs hope we keep all those companys healthy, because they deliver excellent tools today. I do not (nor would probably anybody else) miss my first DB which is easily outperformed by any DSLR today.
The way I see it is that you don't object their policy, while I do. I feel that you see their policy from a point of view were market expansion won't help MF market to grow, as opposed to me, I think that: A) If they had a "true price" for their new backs (a price that wouldn't include buying back to throw the trade to Jumbo) new backs would be considerably cheaper. B)This would lead to even cheaper market for the older equipment and a healthy S/H market that would obviously grow MF market considerably. C) More people would notice the benefits of MF from upper-class DSLRs and this could give MF its pre-decade glow back!
For all the above reasons, I call their policy Suicidal. I bet you have noticed that there are many people that think that their DSLR images can compare with say, an Aptus 54 (2006), this is their impression! They just don't know that the Aptus will make their Mickey Mouse DSLR image to look like the ....cartoon it is if compared! That's why they will never advance to MF, they consider it useless, ultra expensive and of no benefit, while a different policy from the makers would PROVE the opposite! Cheers, Theodoros www.fotometria.gr
P.S.Obviously, Hass's close system policy enhances the confusion and makes things even more ...suicidal! The only thing they have to do is produce a CF version in parallel with the CFVs and an H body that will accept different brand backs, they can insist all the integration they want there after.