Glad to hear that Adorama came through for you. It is a great lens -enjoy it
My last few purchase have been through Adorama because their customer service has been pretty good. The other big NYC retailer has, in my experience, been a lot more "too bad, so sad" with me.
2% more might not sound that much but for such a large purchase that, for me, would be a bit of an emotional purchase, it is the difference between feeling really good every time the lens is used vs. a reminder once in a while about the missed out money.
Good job, Helen.