I checked the online stores and the 50D (body only) was down $100 to $1,299 at most places this morning. Pulled the trigger at Adorama. Only extra was the Eyepiece Externder (EP-EX15II) as I don't like my greasy nose rubbing the screen.
I have a cheap Chinese grip that never seemed to work on my 20D. I'll try it on the 50D and if it still doesn't work, I'll get one of those.
Anyone try Adorama's Flashpoint grip? It's 1/2 the price of the Canon one.