Here's my story:
March 9th ~6p: Ironically, on my way to Fry's Electronics to look at radar detectors, I got a ticket when trying to turn around after missing my exit.
March 9th ~7p: I'm at BestBuy purchasing a Cobra radar detector. Never did make it to Fry's.
March 10th: I'm browsing this forum and a multitude of other sources of information. One particularly invaluable piece of info is how on March 9th ~7pm I wasted ~$60 on a Cobra. I could've figured this one out on my own since I was able to see the LEO before the detector... maybe I should charge my friends $60 to sit on their dash while they drive?
March 11th-13th: I research radar detectors.. Narrowing the field to the V1, Passport 8500 x50, and the 9500i
March 13th 03:57: I receive a confirmation email thanking me for my purchase of a V1.
March 17-now: Enjoying the arrow-pointing, bogey-counting, strength-indicating, multiple-receiver goodness that is V1.
March 26th ~03:30: Cobra sells on ebay for $20 +shipping.
March 26th ~right now: I thank you fine folks for all the info and helping me be cobra-free. I couldn't be happier with my V1. Thanks a ton!