Went into a Guitar Center, offered to pay $485 for a guitar marked $509 CLEARANCE. Just $461 later I walked out with the guitar. Yep....got it for $24 LESS than I originally offered. There was this one guitar at one of our local GCs that my oldest son played whenever we stopped in that store. He liked it so much he started saving to buy it. It was marked $599. He's saved up a lot of the money for it. In fact, he saved for and bought the two guitars he currently owns, so I have no doubt he would save enough for this one. I made a deal with him that if he finishes the school year above a 3.0, I'd spring for half. If he finished with a 3.5 or higher, I'd pop for the whole thing. Over time, all the GCs in the area sold out of that model, EXCEPT for the one he always played at the one location. They marked it down to $509 to clear it out. So I went in today and offered $485. The guy I was working with pointed out that they can't discount clearance items, but he did something with taking the price out of the"clearance" range and then applied the current promotion and voila! Out the door at $461! Now I have to hide it until the school year is over.