tried to snag an Absolution CE guide yesterday, but couldn't find a single one at 3 different best buys. the first one had FFXIII-2 CE and ME3 standard so i brought them up along with a random blu-ray. the guy rang up the movie first and then struggled with the two guides as they showed up "not for sale". when his manager showed up he asked the employee "i thought we pulled all of those and put them in the back." the manager took the guides and went and talked to another guy, not wearing the usually best buy gold or blue shirt, but he had a name tag on. when he came back he said "today's your lucky day" and let me have the guides. looks like they're getting pretty good at pulling these things early.
The nice thing about my local best buy is that before they get pennied that usually get Manager mark down to $5 or $10 depending on soft or hard back.
I say usually as there are some that don't get marked down e.g. FFXIII-2 CE guide never got marked down, whereas the Hitman CE guide did
of course this does not include guides that of which they sell out, before the guides had gotten marked down e.g. Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance