I know, I know, I'm beating a dead horse here, but was wondering...

How much was the A80 when it first came out?

I can find a good bundle for around $300. My only concern with waiting for the replacement this fall is that the replacement is going to be more of a price jump rather than an feature jump, and I won't be able to get the A80 if the replacement is way too $$$.

I'm not in a huge hurry to get one right away (within the next 6 months probably). Am I taking a risk waiting, or will the A80 still be available after the new one comes out?

Also, I've heard things about some versions of the A80 being assembled in China rather than Japan, and there are huge quality gaps. Any truth to this? I really don't care one way or another, just as long as the quality is good. Any/all comments appreciated!