Yes, I still have about 2 and a half weeks to exchange it in CC, but what makes you think that would be my best bet? The odds are high that I'll just get some more clouding (although if I ended up getting LESS clouding, that would make me happy). If I could pull off getting a refurbished TV sent, that's a much bigger guarantee of getting a cloudless set, right?
Also, I had a tech from Samsung stop over before, when I was having that ground loop problem. I mentioned the clouding to him, but didn't emphasize it much (told him it wasn't a major deal), and he said he'd make a mention of it in the report. He also gave me a receipt with a written number, saying that if I had any other problems, the number he wrote would be the quickest access.
So I was wondering if I could use that number and skip some of the BS you mentioned, and ask if they have any refurbished TV's specifically made to remove clouding?