carrion4worm wrote:

So I guess to celebrate, SX mini and co. are liquidating some of their older and nicer products. Several vendors are in on it, with normal prices cut in half or more...

I doubt an anniversary has anything to do with it.

From time to time, some retailers, not just China-based ones, do throw out Yihi stuff at prices to make those who paid retail gnash their teeth. I've benefited in the past myself from just such large clearance price drops.

Both the G and SL are recommended at that price. But if one hasn't owned an SX-mini before, bare in mind the parasitic battery drain that afflicts pretty-much all the SX chip-sets. And, Yihi won't honour their warranty on any discounted kit.