I have been keeping an eye out for a good, name brand bench DMM for personal use for a few months now. Did a bit of research and started looking for a Fluke 8842, 8840, or a 45. Watched some popular auction sites and even CL. These Flukes, especially working ones go for $150+ and well, didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for one. So, during my research, I know that these have VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) that dims after a time. Figured I could get a dimmed display DMM cheap.
I finally came across a 8840a with the AC option 9 and the GPIB options included and had one person bid at $32 with 13hrs remaining! In the description, it stated that they did try some solutions found on the web to get the display working, but couldn't. Long dramatic story short, I placed a bid in the last 2 seconds and won an 8840a!