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As others have stated, condition is the most important thing. I'd always put the Pearson 34 ahead of the Hunter 30, but then I must tell you I almost bought a Pearson 33-2 (very similar to the P34) and have sailed Pearsons a good bit. I think they're a step above the quality of the Hunters of the same era.
That said, if the Hunter is in better condition and has more gear and needs less work, that's something to consider. Personally, I'd buy the Pearson, or if it's not as nice as the Hunter, I'd wait for another boat. Just not a Hunter fan (no offense to the Hunter owners out there who are sailing and love their boats, just not for me).
As others said to me, in the end, it's about which boat speaks to you. And condition I'd still put way ahead of builder.