I just purchased a 60ST30 from Costco. I went over to look and see how many they might have left at $1199, but when I arrived, they had zero. They did, however, have the floor model, marked down to $800.
I was able to determine from their own inventory database that the TV had only been in the store since Jan. 25, so 3 weeks at most on display. Plus, it's a November 2011 build., so I at least know it hasn't been sitting up there for 6 months.
I still get full 90-day return period and full warranty, so at $800, I couldn't resist.
I haven't even plugged it in yet and can't as I'm out of town for a few days. But, here's my question: At this point, knowing that the TV very likely has 300 to 400 hours on it on the display (I've no idea if Costco shuts them down after closing at night or if they just run 24/day), would there be any benefit to running these slides?