so anyway i picked one up on Saturday cause the guy at The Sony Store gave me 20% off and an extra battery as well. Got it both for $265 CAD.
it's not like the A900s VC which does not require you to disassemble the battery door however it is pretty easy to slide the spring and pop it out.

so far i don't know how i did without it, it makes the camera feel much better especially with the flash mounted.
my pinky had nowhere to rest before the VC now i can rest a 6th finger if i had one.

and i'm shooting more in portrait mode now as opposed to only the handful i ever did without it.

the VC and battery must have been old stock cause the box for the VC listed only A200 and the battery listed only A700. but the part number is the same just in case anyone was wondering or encounter the same issue.