I bought a 2096 for $188 that came with a scratch on the side and the problem it had when I turned it on was the global ATT was on so I figure that is why it was returned. Although the one I have is four years old it works great and decodes digital fine.
I think the Pro-106 is a WEB ONLY price for now. It was still priced at $499.99 in the stores. The desktop version, the Pro-197, is reduced in price to $399.99 in stores earlier this week. Look for the stores to match the web price shortly though.....Radio Shack has dropped their regular price for the Pro-106 and Pro-197 models. Now only 399.99 brand new. I know I picked up my 106 for that price but it was only a sale price then.