well, it won’t be under $200 shipped, i haven’t seen it that close for a while. tell your friend to check the price at local staples for the cendyne unit here:
price is 299 online, but either 239 or 199 depending on the store. once he gets the price, tell him to call up customer service of staples 1-800-3-STAPLE to get them to pricematch the local store. don’t let them add shipping! it is a local store. then, ask them (after the pricematch, very important) to apply a coupon you received through email. some have had badluck, most do it no problem, cuz after the pricematch the coupon of $30 off 150 still applies. you jsut get an anal rep sometimes, but it’s not against the rules.
so that will be either $210 or 170 before rebate of 50. add tax, free shipping, and you are set.
not sure if i can post coupon codes here, so look at fatwallet for coupons.
also, lite-on multi burner available for around $234 + tax, with 15 and 10% coupons, from dell.