Wow. I always thought that flowmaster was the PRIMO top-of-the line. Whether it is or not, it may be the highest price. A true salesman will suggest the highest priced item. I suppose it depends on if you trust this guy, but I'd personally have no qualms about the quality of Flowmaster. (but I'm sorta new at this stuff
If you can afford a chrome tip, GET ONE! Get rid of it if it rusts next year or next week. I've got one on my Honda, and it looks great after a year (and I live in Sh***y Ohio). Yet the exhaust pipe will rapidly discolor unless you stay on top of it. The contrast of pipe-to-tip may be noticable in just a few weeks. I guess it depends on whether or not any of the pipe is visible after the job is done?!?