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The assumptions people are making seem to be a little off base.
1. There is a survey going on in another forum that is currently shows 4/9 people reporting having experienced crop circles. That means 5/9 people do NOT get them. No one has reported them be permanent. No one has had them not go away after unplugging the TV. No one is able to reproduce them at will. The frequency of it happening IF it happens, sounds like it's once every several hundred viewing hours.
2. Based on two posts by the same person on two different forums, people have come to the conclusion that the assembly line is indefinitely stopped, and they should not consider buying this TV. The next assumptions are that the crop circles stopped the assembly line.
No one wants to pay a lot of money for a "lemon".
That being said, if you buy this TV from a reputable local dealer, and you run into problems with the set, you just box it up and return it.
If you want to save the most money possible, you order it over the Internet, on sale, using coupons, and face the facts that having to return it may be painful for you. You gamble convenience if something goes wrong for cost savings.
Things go wrong all the time, but the evidence at hand is still that the majority of people who purchased this set got a working product with arguably the best picture, power consumption, and features of the sets currently out there.
This is AV Science- gather the facts as you see them, put a probability on your success, and decide if it's worth it. I'm more of a risk taker than most. If the amount you are spending on your TV or your car or whatever is so much that you obsess over it, worry about it, and make it drama in your life you either need a cheaper car or TV or more money.