A couple months back I was in the market for an Ibanez SR5005 (I'm still in the market for an SR5005 despite buying a brand new one two months ago, but that nightmare has its own thread elsewhere). I shopped around online and inquired for pics of every SR5005 I knew to be in stock. Guitar Center had two at the time (they now have the same two and one additional). They list their serial number and their location and you can choose which one to add to your cart. I first took the store names and called both stores where sales people were kind enough take photos of each bass and text them to me. The SR5005 in California was photographed on a glass case with tags and pickup plastic still attached--truly new and fresh out of the hardshell. The one in Pennsylvania was photographed hanging from the wall right next to a <$500 bass. Judging by the very early serial number, it had been hanging there for months. No tags, no pickup plastic, and while the resolution was low, it appeared to be dusty. It's still available on the website and is likely still hanging there. Had I randomly ordered one from GC online, I would have had a 50% chance of paying $2300 plus tax for a floor model which has been handled by who knows how many people. I know that, with GC's return policy, you can never count on something there truly being new, but leaving an Ibanez Prestige out on the floor for some time and selling it as though it were new is nonetheless not cool. The lesson? Beware expensive instruments ordered via Guitar Center's website, or at least call the specific store where it's in stock first for more details.