I decided to get another UV5R radio as a backup.
As usual the prices are even lower but there is even better news if you get the UV5rE Plus from Baofeng on Amazon.
From Baofeng seller it is currently $37 with free shipping.http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-Dual-Band-Improved-Stronger-Enhanced/dp/B00C83AU9S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393119798&sr=8-2&keywords=baofeng+uv+5r
The really good news is that instead of getting the standard B A5-R wimpy antenna, it came with a B A-V85 antenna that is actually pretty decent. Two inches longer than the A5-R and Much better for both the 2M and 70cm band. No need to buy a replacement antenna. http://www.miklor.com/COM/pdf/AntennaTestingW9MDB.pdf
Even the provided earbud w mic seems to be slightly better than the prior batch. So for even less money you get a couple of pretty nice upgrades.