I hope what I am about to say comes across in the right tone...I do not intend this to be offensive...My breeder charges around $700 for second placement (those dogs that have been returned to her because the situation just didn't work). She hasn't had one of those dogs in a few years though, so she might be charging more now. From a buyer's perspective if I can go to a well known breeder and get a "returned" dog for $700 I don't think I would purchase one from someone out of the newspaper. Dealing with the breeder I will get a health guarantee and the assurance of the pet's background. If I were to purchase an older pup (not from a known breeder) through an ad in the paper (or on-line) I would not be willing to spend more than $300. I took a lot of time to think about this and in all honesty, I would not be willing to spend $750 for a pup in this situation. BTW, when my breeder does have a "return" (for lack of a better word) she does not refund the owner's money for the full purchase price, but she does give the first owner a portion of the returned pup's new sales price...enough to cover the cost of the spay and other medical tests and shots. She will not cover the costs of illness, injuries, etc.