what is your budget?
Its tough to suggest a specific older board as what you find used or on ebay is a crapshoot.
Also if you wait a few months you will be able to get deals on this years models.
I understand what you mean, but I really haven't set a budget. My hope here is to get a list of boards that meet or exceed my skill level, then when one pops up for a good deal, either used, or as you said, as an end of season deal, I will pull the trigger. I'd just like a quality board, which will hopefully last me a long time.
For now I have my old standby (and I do mean old), but would like to get rolling on getting sometime that fits me a little better.