Here are some great suggestions for getting gear at less-than-retail prices.
Check Play-it-Again Sports (there is one near the corner of Mansell and Alpharetta Highway). Recently they had four very nice backpacks, three internal and one external Jansport. Most looked like they were never used. Pricing is usually about 50% off MSRP, but still a savings.
Craigs List, under "For Sale" - Sportings another place to get gear for less.
-From Lowndes Whatley
Former Scoutmaster of Troop 433