Crazy. I picked one up about three weeks ago or so after parting ways with my DPMS 20-inch. I prefer the Colt LE6920 and took it out to the range yesterday. I'm finally getting it sighted in well and am able to hit on my 15-inch target consistently with iron sights from 90 yards or so. Great gun, but I do think the dealer was feeding you BS in saying they will go up in value that much. I doubt they will. I also bought mine from Wal-Mart and paid $1096 plus tax.