The $249.99 price on their website says "in-store only" but I see know that elsewhere it is listed as $189 in-store price. I guess just a problem with their website.
Yeah, the problem is that the website (and the paper ads that go out) are structured in a stupid way. In almost every case I've seen, they list the MSRP in big bold font and then write "before $70 instant savings" somewhere where you'll barely notice. Why would you hide that? Do you not want people to know that you're selling them for a great price, because its not profitable? If so, then why continue to put it on every single ad
that goes out for the store? I'd figure you'd put the final price up in the big font to draw people in. Of course, if they did that, they might sell out before I sneak in to grab one.
It's confounding, but I've learned to compensate. I got my Q9450 from them three years ago. They were doing the same thing then. Q9450 for $365! (before $60 instant savings)
. At $305, they were undercutting every other retailer in the US.
I suppose the only possible reasoning I could find for it would be that, perhaps, by doing it that way, they are preventing other stores from applying "price-matching" policies, since the price is officially $250, and the $70 savings is applied upon checkout. At least, that's how it appeared on my invoice.