It appears to have gone up to $51 US - what's the URL of the sale link? Am I missing something?
Getting it from them is an intriguing possibility - even with the higher shipping to the US it's still cheaper than a Plextor 740...
my bad, if i link directly to the 1640, it doesnt apply the sale price. Sale prices can only be viewed on the sale page. on the main page, theres a sale banner at middle/top.
heres a link to the US sale page: http://www.us.ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=gaming2005
i got mine this morning, came with firmware BSGB, flashed it to BSJB right away. It came to 68.46 CDN shipped via express (arrived next day =]).
heres a scan of a Taiyo Yuden TYG02 at 8x... pretty impressive if you ask me =]. http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a31/rahzel54/1640.jpg