I found a Denon AVR-3300 AV receiver on craigslist. Had to drive about an hour to New Hampshire, and then back, but I think it was a good deal. The seller didn’t have the remote on it, so we couldn’t check if it worked: there was no sound out of the speakers he had hooked up, and I thought the remote was needed to switch speakers. Anyway, he knocked the price down to $100 (from $200) because of that. I got it home, hooked it up, and it seems to work just fine. The speakers just needed to be hooked up to the front left and right outputs rather than surrounds. Nothing wrong with it other than a few scratches, some dried up fruit punch, and non-functioning detents (clicky sensation on turning the knob) on the function selector knob. The downside is that I have to find a remote for it. A Denon replacement can be had for >$100, but I saw one that was sold on eBay for about $70. The auction ended 3 weeks ago, though. The seller there was nice enough to link to Denon’s copy of the user manual: I thought I’d have to spring more cash for a copy of it. Once I get a remote, I’ll donate the old clunker to the charity shop up the street.
More on shopping, I bought some nice tea (Lapsang Souchong, and Golden Monkey) at Teavana in the Prudential Center. (The Pu Erh tea brick looks interesting.) Also saw a lower price on a mechanical pencil at Levenger that I had bought elsewhere to match the pen that I already have.