found some charts that show seating distance per screen size per resolution... i think 42" 720p would be fine in my room, not sure about 50" though. only problem now is that I would have to drive 3 hrs round trip to pick up the Z42PJ240 at sears. Z50PJ240 is in stock locally though. also sears does charge sales tax so bing and tax cancel each other out. So here is my roundup and final prices:
$600 [Sears.com] Zenith 50" Z50PJ240 (after 7.5% tax, bing)
$550 [Amazon.com] LG 42" 42PJ350
$520 [Amazon.com] Panasonic 42" TC-P42C2
$500 [Amazon.com] Samsung 42" PN42C450
$475 [Sears.com] Zenith 42" Z42PJ240 (after 9.0% tax, bing, $20 gas money)
btw, it's difficult to tell if bing is actually working while you are checking out. eBay is the only site I know of that puts the icon on the page for you. how do I tell if it's working? also, do i have to pay with paypal for bing?