Ok, so here is my story: (keep in mind, there are around 15 best buys in the minneapolis metro area).
I go to one, they are out. I ask who has one. I get a list of the last 3 stores to have any. I call the first one... sold a few minutes ago. I call the next, same story. Guy asks me why they started selling so many all of a sudden. I go to the third, they have the last one (box is beat to all hell) but it is $999. I tell him I want $499. He laughs, I ask for the manager.
Manager comes. I explain that if he would pull up the stores in his area, he would see other stores are selling for $499. He eventually finds it (went through a bunch of different ways to look I guess that didn't work). He says he can't price match. HOWEVER, his only option is that I drive another hour to a different store with that pricing, make the purchase there, and then they will ship the projector to that store for me to pick up later.
I drive to the other store, make the purchase. I also bought a ton of other crap as they have a special where you get 0 interest until 2011 if you spend over $1000. Thats like, 10% off if you factor in inflation. I get a ceiling mount and a new 7.1 hdmi switching reciever.
I'm insanely happy with this experience. Follow the steps above and this should work.
MINNEAPOLIS PEOPLE BE WARNED: You need to go pretty much NOW to get these at $499, and it would be a good idea to call ahead and have their CS hold onto it for you so it doesn't sell while you are on your way. Their employees are onto how awesome of a price it is, and are probably buying a few themselves.