So what is the best price anyone has gotten a LHT frameset for? What is wholesale? Do different LBSs get different inventory? One said they only could get Truckachino, while the other had Olive, Ultility Blue and Truck. I really want the Red. If not, then Blue. I saw the Olive and it wasn't my 'bag'(Austin Powers), neither was the trucka.
To keep the suspense I'll wait to tell the prices I have been quoted. Neither was awesome, but was better than the mandatory MSRP seen and heard around here...
New Surlies only come wholesale thru QBP, which is the parent company/soul distributor. For '09s, they're getting $269 per frameset, these are the tan ones or the olive ones with the new-style drop-outs. Limited sizes are left in the blue with the old drop-outs, these wholesale for $242 for the 26" wheel sizes, slightly more for the few 700c sizes they have left. The red frameset has gone the way of the buffalo. They're still around, but not often seen on the market.
Please remember that your local and online retailer will be loathe to discount the frames, ever, b/c Surly/QBP gets p!$$y if you don't stick to msrp. Plus, they're popular frames. If you must haggle, try to haggle by getting discounts on other stuff (componenets, accessories) that you'll buy with the frame. But, really, you see LHT's for $420 everywhere, all day. If you can't swing $420, look at something cheeper or work some overtime somewhere.