I couldn't resist the deal I found on PC-Connection either. I ordered one the other night along with the free 50 pack of DVD-Rs! All for only $69.99 after the $120 in mail in rebates, amazing!
Yes, the drives are out of stock, but they are supposed to receive another big shipment on 12/29. The $50 PC-Connection rebate is valid until 1/15/05 and the Plextor $30 rebate is good until 1/31/05. I think we will be okay. I emailed customer PC-Connection customer service and asked them what would happen if we received our drives after the rebate postmark deadline.
I am still waiting for a response, should likely hear from them on Monday. I don't think it will be a problem, because I imagine they want to keep customers happy. I'll let you all know what I find out!