At that point, I just gave up. I was never going to manage to get one for cheaper than retail and it was a good time to go in on one with the discount on games anyway. So this morning I trekked out to the local Target and bought myself a black DS lite and three games: Final Fantasy III, Super Mario, and Mario Kart. If I wanted to engage in a little sophistry, I could argue that I didn't really pay retail for the DS since it came with 2 exclusive sequinned case-decorating stickers. If we inflate the value of those freebes and assign a monetary value to them, it'd be like getting the console for less than retail....right?
Anyway, I've already given mario kart a whirl and it seems pretty damn spiffy. After it charges up a bit more, I'm going to try and see if I can hook up the wifi connection to it. That might take a bit of tinkering since my sister ended up losing the booklet I had scribbed the code whozit into the last time she was here and wanted to link in her laptop.