I can't stop myself for looking for bargains and have seen a couple of interesting ones lately. I'm an avid scourer of the closeout sections of various retailers websites and have gotten some decent deals that way. I thought I'd put up some links to things that are out there now: Dean Razor Std 4 - $599 list, $239.95 clearance - ash body, bolt-on neck, jazz pickups, preamp one left at Zzounds in stock at AMS ESP C-304 - $779 list, $339.99 clearance - 35" scale, neck-through, mahogany body, quilted top, EMG HZ ep hbs in stock at AMS Yamaha BB1000MA - $999 list, $299.99 clearance - nice Yamaha P-J - the real bargain shopper goes for the green one as the black is like $369.99 in stock at AMS also at Sam Ash Yamaha RBX-774 - $899.99 list, $379.98 clearance - 35" scale 4 with dual humbuckers and preamp in stock at AMS There are some other things and basses out there but I'm only really attracted by greater than 50% off the original list price. I've gotten some good deals this way (MTD Beasts, DeArmond Pilots, Akai Pedals) and passed on others (clearance Rumblefishes at MF). I hope this helps somebody out. Remember "Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart" (gratuitous Army of Darkness reference).