Why is this $599 ($649 before rebate) washer now $399??
Because it is being discontinued....Is that good or bad? I liked it at $699. Closeouts are rare these days, during the recession companies from the local store to the Fortune 500 reduced inventories.
If you are buying appliances and are looking to save money:
1. Rebates...track them. They can be huge at certain times of the year.
2. Closeouts...Appliances typically do not change much, and who really will know the difference.
3. Scratch/dent...Some of these purveyors are less than reputable. Never buy any products with functional damage or scratches on any place other than the sides.