I talked to my local LESCO friends yesterday. Yep....$299. They have two more reserved for me, but they're checking with JDL regarding the covers & deflector shields. Seems there's a temporary glitch between computer systems, but they will soon take care of it. BTW I strongly recommend buying the cover & shield. The Spyker deflector kicks butt over the LESCO one. Anybody who can't get the $299 price --- contact LESCO in Clive, IA who I deal with. Hopefully they will take care of you too. Trust me friends....try a Spyker 288, and you won't go back.