Now is the time, the new ones are so good. I had a Blendtec up until a few months ago, but the new Vitamix models pretty much closed the gap on any advantage (shorter, wider container, better presents, more power, etc.) Blendtec might have had. JLhufford
typically has the best prices with 20% off deals from time to time. Try the online chat to see whenever they're willing to do it.
Speaking of new cooking toys- I purchased a Big Green Egg and will be trying a pork shoulder on it this weekend