Hey Cheapy, have you ever heard of the The Scanner Price Accuracy Voluntary Code? Probably not, but its a system here in Canada that helps with your PS3 for $299 problem.
Its a simple system. If you buy an item that rings up for more money than the price tag says, you get the item for free, or $10 off the TAG price, if it costs more than $10.
Also, if you have MORE than 1 of the same item, then you get every item after the first one for the price that the price tag is.
Basically, if you buy a PS3 somewhere that's advertising for $299 and it scans at $299.99, you get $10 off the ad price, so you'd get the PS3 for $289.
Now it doesn't seem like a big deal for a PS3, but the cheaper the item, the better the deal. If you buy a game at Best Buy that's supposed to be $19.99 and it rings up higher than that, (usually this happends if the game just went off sale and they forgot to remove the tag) you'll get the game for $9.99
Most places in Canada KNOW to enforce this, but bigger places like Wal-mart won't mention it, and would rather pay the fine for not doing it cause half their prices are wrong anyway. You just have to mention the system to them and they'll do it.
Just wanted to let you know, you are not alone in the whole $299 Vs. $299.99 bullshit.