This post is yet another example of how the recession has affected manufacturers. As I have written many times, the key to manufacturing efficiency is volume. Reducing by rebate is far more desirable than idling the plant.
Have a look:
Frigidaire Gallery gas range with griddle and power burners....$599 in stainless, $499 in white after $300 in rebates.
Frigidaire Gallery 5 burner electric range...$399 in stainless, $299 in white
As I have said many times, rebates are a huge part of smart shopping and saving money.