it was in the warehouse and they were as you came in the front door. You need to be a member to buy form them and it's worth the cost. All electronics at costco have a 2 year warrenty, tv's,computers, ect. I think it still means you can return the unit to the warehaouse for a refund. Costco have a bunch of tv's including Sony you talked about and Panasonic, sumsung HTS starting at $299. I don't think you can beat Costco because they are bound to charge only 15% over cost on all there stuff. Panasonic 50+ size tv's are Plasma and i haven't seen a LCD over 42"