I've got an opportunity to purchase a 60" locally for around $2k (or less, if I can work them down by any chance). They say no problems or scratches (I've yet to inspect it in person yet), but I'm still waiting to hear back regarding a serial number and/or production date from the tag on the set. As a buyer, is there anything specific I should be looking for? I planned to call Sharp to ask about any history of claims/repairs on the set based on the serial. While I'd love to pay to extend the manufacturers warranty, this is by far the oldest of the used TV sets I've been shopping and I can't imagine Sharp would offer coverage this late in it's life.
I'm coming from a Samsung PN50C8000 that we've been pleased with from the start. About a year or so ago I decided to start shopping for open box / used Panasonic VT and ZT sets (new price of 60-65" wasn't in the cards), and have still never got one. I'd put off further decision-making until firsthand accounts of the Vizio P could come to light, but I can say that if I'm going to spend $2000+ on a set, I'd really rather it was one of the things I've been set on for so long (Sharp Elite, Panny VT/ZT, possibly a Sammy 5800 plasma) instead. I just have too much apprehension about any other LCD set and how disappointed I might be coming from plasma.
I've skimmed over this thread from time to time, but never really thought I'd actually get a shot at one from a local seller. I don't mind bringing my own content to test the screen, but as I'm really not very well educated on possible issues with this particular model I would love some insight as to what I should be looking for. I feel like the $2k asking price seems fair compared to the outlandish prices I see in the occasional Amazon/eBay listings, and it's in my budget so I probably shouldn't try negotiate much - yes?