Hard to guess on price, but I'd think that in 2008, the list price was several hundred below what it is now. A couple of thoughts. Check the condition of the cooking grates. If they are original and were chrome rather than stainless, they are probably very badly corroded. They are expensive to replace, especially if you go with SS. Also, there have been reports of problems with the interior side, back and bottom panels where they come together regarding corrosion. Just my $.02. Good luck!