Originally Posted by salmonsc
Thanks for the info. Syswei, Unfortunately I think the reality is that I've just missed these deals. I've checked BB both locally (NYC) & in Florida with no joy. Also, I'm more interested in the 60" units - I have no interest in 3D so the more recent Panasonic sets aren't as appealling as the older Kuro's.
Got it. Even so, whatever purchase is made, isn't forever. In 2 years, 3 at most, Pannys will better the 9G Kuro blacks, plus have extra features. Once that happens, the resale value on a Kuro will plummet...right now, the Kuro has good resale value because the cogniscenti (people on AVS) are willing to pay for blacks. The mass market doesn't know.
So the comparison in my mind would be:
Try to find a NIB 60" 9G Kuro and pay maybe $6k. Resale in 2-3 years...maybe $1000 (because the cogniscenti that cares about blacks will no longer care so much about the Kuro, because Panny by that time will have better blacks imo).
Vs. buy a NIB 65VT25 for $3k delivered (in 1-2 months). Resale in 2-3 years...maybe $1000, because the mass market consumer will probably see value in having 3D.
Then I buy a 2012-2013 top of the line Panny, maybe $2k in that timeframe, with PQ and features exceeding the 9G Kuro in every way.
Total cost of option 1: $7000
Total cost of option 2: $4000