i don't quite see your point. that's about the going price for the 996xt give or take a few buck's. also the shipping amount seem's a tad high. never really overly happy with grove's price's. for the most part,nice people to deal with.
For deals check eBay and/or the classifieds. I was searching the old/completed eBay listings and found a 996XT that a guy didn't sell. I asked him the price and he said $400. The radio has 2 holes in the side of the case (it was mounted in a console or something) but nothing that was show stopping. If you were mounting in the dash it would be non-issue. I almost bought but wanted the handheld version instead and found a 396XT here in the classifieds for $430. I think it is a good price considering what they currently go for. Yeah, it's used but still looks like it came right out of the box and is working great