Well that seems a little shady! I don't care if an item was returned in as new condition... if it has left the hands of the store and returned at a later date... that is an open box item! GuitarCenter is showing open box availability of the entire GT line... as is Musicians Friend. Zzounds, AMS and SamAsh all have open box listings for the GT 40. And I'm seeing some 200s and 100s on Craigslist and FB marketplace... so there are definitely some used ones to be had if someone is looking for them.