Cheap(er) Batteries - resource
I was on another forum and a guy mentioned that you can buy "blemished" batteries from some battery distributors, namely Interstate. Sure enough, did a Google search and it gave me a wharehouse. These are different than a distributor like Sears or Autozone. This is the manufacturers distribution hub. I called them, and sure enough, I could get an AGM battery from them for half price. It wasn't exactly the kind I was looking for, so I called a Deka distributor up near our Airpark. They didn't have any blemished batteries in stock, but said I can call from time to time.
It seems like a good option to get a pallet scraped battery that's going to get hidden anyway at half the price!