Tell me about it, my closest Microcenter is 5 minutes away.... time to wait for a Threadripper CPU to go clearance
I just snagged an open box Asus Maximus IX Code for $38.96 from my local MC
Well I can always return it. Though NewEgg does a good job making sure Open Box still are functional. More than likely it's early adopters who couldn't get memory to run. I mean $327 on a $550 board is worth the hassle in dealing with shipping and returns
I wish you both the best of luck. I couldn't do it, maybe there's a used-mobo-paraphobia illness that I just invented.