It's hardly a nationwide sale - just a writedown of unsold inventory and restricted to various stores. I don't think it will make a dent in Whistlers bottom line and besides, they know their are plenty of idiots willing to pay full retail pricing for their scanners.Selling your $85 New in Box Pro197 for 200% ($170) is still a hell of a deal for someone looking for a digital scanner. I think most of those that were snatched up were mainly RR members looking for an additional digital scanner. As we say, you can never have too many scanners.
I do agree, why by the new Whistler for $399 when someone can get the identical Pro-197 for under $100.