LBS has an '08 Jamis Aurora that they will sell me for CDN$980. Other (less local) shops either have or will order this year's model for ~CDN$1200. The difference is actually bigger than it seems because there's no provincial sales tax (8%) on bikes under $1000. So while the $980 bike costs me $1029, while the $1200 bike actually costs $1380.
That $350 difference represents upgraded components, panniers, lots o' beer or the initial cost of the department store bike I am currently riding...
Is there a reason to go with this year's model over last?