I went to the Dayton Hamvention this year with a friend that works at RS and he asked the guys at the GRE booth the same question. They said RS has been one of the biggest customers of GRE and that it is possible that they may sell the PSR-500 at the stores but "possible" was all that they would say at that time.
Remember, RS has pretty much turned into a cell phone company and pretty much abandoned the rest of the electronics market. They just don't care much about anything except cell phones. A friend of mine worked for them during a port in a storm period of his life when that was the only job he could find. He said RS makes so much money off the carrier when they sign up a new user they really don't have an interest in much else.
I would suggest that you just buy your scanners somewhere else. I have two GREs and they are readily available from other vendors and stay out of RS stores.
I just wish that more companies would come out with digital scanners. As it is there is very little choice and the prices have come down little over the last few years. $ 500.00 is a lot of money to spend on a radio especially in these hard economic times. JMHO> Thanks...
DVSI gets a nice chunk of change in licensing fees for every device that has IMBE and I seriously doubt they are going to be generous in lowering that fee anytime soon. Scanners with P25 digital are going to stay around the $500 price point for awhile.