I am touching on a very sore subject, but I'd like to at least point out the option of adopting a pup. Right now I'm doing a "River Dance" on the "Hypocrite" line as I own two Labs myself. However with the purchase of my two labs, I have grown to become a dog lover. There are hundreds of dogs that would make great retrievers available that would be destroyed if it weren't for adoption. I understand that adopting a mutt isn't going to give you the prestige of owning a pure bread Labrador Retriever, but I guarantee you will love him just as much.
As an owner of two Labs, and as much as I love them both, I'll never 'buy' a dog again.