Same thing happened to me here in Australia. Went in to local Costco where the Vision is around $600 AUD. Wasn't really impressed with the floor model, the felt was really worn and ratty looking, and the lid opening didn't feel very secure.
My other half basically veto'd the spending, however ended up going to the Kamado Joe supplier and lay buying one for $1,000 AUD (with seal of approval from the lady) which now has it's new home in my backyard and has done it's first run of wings and burgers!
Overall couldn't be happier with the purchase, even though it was nearly twice as much.