Yea I know what you mean!!! When I saw the big old stack of drives, I of course checked to see if they were a2's or not. They wern't but the price on the package (microcenter puts a price sticker on the package like fry's does) was 119.99!!!! For that much I'll just get a benq1620 for 45$ from newegg. It wasn't till the next day that I realized it was in the add for 75$ with a 20$ rebate. I recentlly had a power supply falure (10$ after rebate 450 watt power supply from fry's so my fault). Pulled the power supply from my main computer to test, put it back (withough the cpu fan hooked up right), and killed that one too. If I were not looking at a few hundred dollars of repairs (and sneek in 50-100$ in upgrades past my wife if possible), I would get one. My 3500 has performed so sweet, and I do mean megga sweet, I wouldn't mind a spare one, even if it only serves as a reader for now.
Thier are still 3500's avalable for 80$+ shipping online and lots of shops like compusa and micro center that have the maddogs for 100$ plus. It's not really worth it after shipping and if applicable, tax. I only only posted because it was 55$ (a decent price for a 3500 considering avalability) after a 20$ rebate.
Compusa might be a good place to watch too. They had them on sale for 80$ after rebate (not that great of a price), but if they run a better deal, they probably have plenty of stock md 3500's. Problem is, compusa doesn't think like that. It wouldn't suprise me if 1-2 years from now, they have md 3500's sitting on the shelf in thier tech shop for 120$ or so!!!!! I just wish compusa still ran antec's cheap after rebate like they used to. Now it is all just mad dog (which might be good for those looking for a 3500).