Where I normally go, they've left cashiers, but they've gone to 3 check lines instead of the 7 they had. That plus each line having people spaced out makes the lines go up the isles and around the store. I don't even know what's more annoying, waiting in all that, or trying to shop in an isle...
Another great one that I didn't see mentioned: Gretsch Jim Dandy! I think for a beginner it'd be terrific. I've had one for a few years now and it's my take all over the place guitar. With the right strings it actually sounds pretty decent.
Well I know the prices move a bit daily, but at the time of my download all these I can recommend under 3$:
Ebola K: 3 book set, very good read
Day of Reckoning: Decent, but not terrific
The Useful Idiot: Awesome if you love Soviet style drama
The Sentinel: An over done 'What if ... Eva Braun's...