Opinions please. I just bought another LN52A650 from Amazon, this one for my mother, which was delivered just yesterday. It has a build date of 8/5/08, firmware 2004-0. I’m thinking the build date is awful old (6+ months) for such a popular set. Is this possibly a return? It had the 2 white plastic straps on the outside of the box, plastic covering the base, the soft Styrofoam sheet covering the whole TV but I can’t recall if the bezel had the plastic on it. There were also no stickers on the left bezel like the one I received last June. The manual/remote bag had a hole in it but I’m not certain if the delivery guy did that or not. The remote was in its wrap and the batteries were sealed. The bezel/screen has no scratches and there are no dead/stuck pixels and the picture looks fantastic so far. No clouding, minor flashlighting in 2 corners (not bad though – tolerable)
We live in Indianapolis, not a podunk town, so the old build date has me concerned. Should I be you think? The TV sure looked new, but maybe Amazon/Samsung has gotten better disguising their returns that are resold as new. If it’s used, who do you think repackaged it, Amazon or Samsung? The thought of paying $1759 for a used TV makes my stomach ache. I have 30 days to return it if need be. What would you do?