Originally Posted by seattlite
Yeah....even though CC gave me a DANG GOOD deal on the panel, I think I might return it and wait it out. I seems like too much work to get a perfect "replacement", and one is not guranteed to even get a "perfect" replacement.
I got a fantastic price on mine, too--that's what makes it so hard to give up. I haven't even seen mine yet because my BB was so backed up on deliveries. This problem has been driving me crazy as is demonstrated by what happened to me yesterday:
As of yesterday morning, I had decided to cancel my order and wait out the problem. I even called Best Buy to try to cancel, but they told me I had to do it in person with the receipt in hand.
After reading more posts, I think to myself that maybe I'm acting crazy by returning what could potentially be a great TV before I've even seen it yet based on anecdotal evidence on one message board (I was unable to find discussion of this problem anywhere else through google). I called Best Buy again and asked if instead of delivery, whether I could come in and pick it up. I figured I'd get the TV, see it for myself, and then decide. They said I could do that.
I go down to Best Buy and they cancel my delivery order, pull the TV out of storage, bring it out to my car, and lo and behold it won't fit in my car. Everyone thought I was crazy for thinking it would fit (I have a civic), but I have bought tons of stuff at IKEA and never had to strap anything to my roof. When those seats fold down, you'd be amazed what fits in that car. Anyway, so then they had to bring the TV back inside, reschedule the delivery (luckily for the same day as before). The whole procedure took an hour and a half (they don't do anything fast down there).
I sleep on it and now I'm thinking, based on the posts I've read, people are getting one TV, returning it, another TV, returning it, another TV returning it. Making it seem that every TV off the lot may very well have this problem, to varying degrees, and that the reason there aren't mass returns of this product and a recall is because the issue is subtle enough that (unless it's a particularly bad set) the casual buyer that isn't looking for it won't notice it right away (until it's too late or will never notice it). Obviously AVS readers aren't casual buyers and neither am I, so chances are I will have a problem, notice it, and need to return the set.
However, my initial strategy of 1) get the TV, 2) test it, 3) return if needed, is now affected by the fact that I now know this TV won't fit in my car. Thus, whereas before the fact that I had a great deal made me willing to go through the hassle of accepting what would probably be a defective set just to make sure; now, returning the TV is going to be a big pain and could require me to actually rent a Zip Car ($10-20) to return it. I suppose I could also pack the TV in my car outside of the box, which would probably fit, but that presents its own problems.
Also, I have become obsessed with checking this message board, the other Sony XBR boards, and even the Sharp banding discussion. Reading new posts has become like crack to me, as I constantly hope the next post will be a Sony rep saying "Good news everyone, we're aware of this problem and it's been fixed, the defective TVs have been recalled, and new TVs with the problem fixed are already at your local retailer, so go on down and pick one up today."
So, I have finally decided to cancel the order and wait it out. If the same people that helped me yesterday are there again today, they will sure love me.
Hopefully the 12/06 or 1/07 builds will have this problem corrected.