No really it’s true. A week or two back I had to fill-out a bogus form on the Thawte site to download some product information. A sales guy followed up with me from that. He offered me their “latest offer” which was $90 off a 2 year SSL123 cert. So I got a $259 value for $169. Not bad. I also got the impression that they basically give this to whoever asks so my bet is you could click on the live chat options and get the discount straight away.
I was really going to go with Verisign, but their prices are insane and you have to buy the really expensive one if you want 2 day turn around.