So a half hour at Barnes & Nobles sipping Starbucks with my husband ends up saving us $210. That's a pretty good deal to me. It just goes to show that the most expensive thing is not always the best product. Moral of the story: do a little research before you purchase.
*It turns out that one of the straps was caught on the underside of the carseat and so once we fixed that Verity has a lot more room.