Regarding bumping ads in the classifed forums, we've just installed a new (customized) add-on that will change the way ads are bumped to the top. Please refer to the post "Bumping Classifed Ads" for details.
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$500 a piece (or a little bit less) is about what I remember they were going for.... That makes a whole lot better sense, and I actually considered buying one of these a while back. Maybe the guy just misplaced the decimal?