It is more than $109.00! It is $109.99.
There is also a bulk black version available from one of the distibutors for $98.
This is a mediocre drive. Plextor's 18x CAV single layer writing takes longer than LG's 16x P-CAV, is available for only a handful of media codes, and every 18x burn is a struggle at the end with a hill of PI failures. 10x DL writing process is a mess as well. No wonder this drive got delayed by several months!
I am not wasting money on this. At $50, I might give it a shot... not as a candidate for the main burner, but only out of curiosity.