I think the $1,000 certificates were good for anyone who was planning on buying cases soon. Any slight discount may have been worth it. I didn't follow them but if they were 50 bucks cheaper you could save or splurge on quicker shipping.
Best to All,
I may not be the oldest member here but I paid $8. an auto and shook Joe DiMaggio's hand at the Armenian Church in NYC once.
My small COMC port is set at 50% off individual cards and available as a port for just over 15% of listed value.