Do you check the bargain section first?
I don't buy many plants. I don't have much space and I like to propagate my own as much as possible. Plus I'm always amazed at the price of large plants even though I understand all the arguments about the cost of growing them. When I see something priced in double figures that I have grown at home from a cutting I blanch.
But I do like to snoop around the shelf at the end of the garden centre where they put the half dead and past it stuff. If you know what you are looking for you can pick up some amazing bargains. Today I got a large pot of Erythronium 'Pagoda' reduced from 6.50 ($10.50) for 3.00 ($4.80) because they had finished blooming and were looking a bit ratty. When I got it home it contained 10 large plump 'bulbs' which will look great come next March.
Who else here is a plant first aider?