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How Did I Do?

I bought a used RFB with accessories with a high sticker shock price. What I want to know is if, overall, I did really well on the purchase, paid a fair but unremarkable price, or was completely hosed by my impatience.

After a month of serious local and online gun store sleuthing and not being able to find a sub $1500 new-in-box RFB anywhere, my patience was really stretched. Every time I called on an ad I was late by a day or two and it had already been sold. It has been on my list for a while and with tax returns coming I mentally committed myself to a purchase as soon as an opportunity arose. Last week I found a consigned "never been fired" Hunter model with a ton of accessories for an even $2k. Well over my intended price point. Regardless, I got itchy and jumped. Upon receiving the gun and breaking it down, I felt confident that it indeed had little to no sign of being fired, and that the story of it belonging to a well-to-do collector looking to cash out was true. There was very little wear, no carbon deposits or burn discoloration, and what appeared to be old and dry semi hardened factory grease. I promptly de-greased the entire thing and lubed it according to YouTube videos and forum recommendations. It seemed to mechanically operate smoothly and pleasantly. So far so good. I have yet to take it to the range, but I have high hopes.

Anyways, to my question. It came with several Kel Tec accessories as well as 14, 20rnd thermold magazines. The accessories and mags total $685 in today's money from KelTec's online store, (and some aren't even available in stock for whatever that's worth). I threw on some cheap flip up sights, vertical fore grip, and bi-pod from Amazon for under $75. I got a couple of flavors of ammo to test as well. So with everything mentioned so far, plus shipping and FFL fees, cleaning kit, and grease, I'm into it around $2,250 total. I figure that if I deduct all of the accessories and fees the base rifle cost me $1350 for a previously owned gun in great condition, that I was going to want to add the majority of those accesories to anyways. Although I'm super razzed about it all, ultimately I'd like to hear the candid opinions of people familiar with the system and its' costs. I'd like to know whether or not I've lost sight of reality with this purchase, or if I'm doing all right as a new member of the RFB community.

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Sound advise all around. Thanks for the responses and the encouragement.
I'll get to shoot it soon hopefully, but I do love the gun even not knowing how it will run and after seeing the money leave my account. So I suppose I'm not going to regret the purchase no matter what the range time will reveal. I can get carried away on projects at times and I really just needed an objective perspective to reorient myself on this one.
I'm a .22lr enthusiast and a tinkerer by nature, and the unique mechanics of this rifle are very enjoyable to me. The challenge of tuning it is something I look forward to. I've ran spontaneous projects in the past but the price points for this caliber, manufacturer, and platform are completely foreign to me. Additionally this was my first purchase involving an out of state seller and there are plenty of horror stories out there involving this situation.
With the input you've all given, my fear that I had allowed myself to be a total sucker to the modern predatory firearms market has been alleviated. Though I will be a little more prudent in the future, it's good to know that I probably only paid a reasonable amount above par for the course.
 
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