One of the fringe benefits of working at Destinations was that I got a new mountain bike every year. I worked out a deal with Scott, after I had been there a couple of years, which allowed me to afford that and also was a benefit to the shop.
Basically, I bought a new bike (or frameset and parts) every Spring. And I bought fairly high-end, blingy stuff. I always had the latest suspension, or shifters, or cranks or whatever, and a nice frame. I bought mostly on my store account, so that I didn't have to pay all of the cash up front.
During the year, I would trot the bike out to show customers how the high-end stuff worked. If they wanted to try it out, I would let them demo it for a day or a weekend. Then, the next Spring, I would trade it in to Destinations for a credit of 90% of what I had paid for it.
Generally, Scott would forgive the balance of my account (as a sort-of "late Christmas Bonus"), and I would have X-number of dollars on my account to order new stuff. My old bike then became a rental bike, and we would rent it for a year before selling it.
The shop made money, I rode an essentially free bike every year, and everyone won.
Nowadays, that wouldn't be such a great deal for me, as I don't particularly care for the new high-end "performance" mountain bike stuff. And, I don't know that the deal would be so great for the shop if I was buying and riding the retro-grouch stuff I prefer at this point.
It was nice, back in the day, though.