If you haven't heard of GreenToe, I'd recommend you check it out. It's a site in which buyers can submit the highest offer they're willing to pay for an item and retailers can decide whether or not to sell it to them at that price.
I was skeptical at first but decided to give it a try. I "bid" $96 for a Benro Travel Tripod (usually $139) late last night, and an authorized Canon Dealer, Unique Photo, had accepted my deal by the time I woke up. I just called them to confirm my order. I'll keep you all updated with what happens but it sounds good so far!