Originally Posted by Refnoredcard
I put an LG 50PA5500 on hold, need to pick up by Tuesday if I want to buy it, at $599. Was looking at the 50PA6500, best I can find on that is $749 locally which isn't bad. Looking at the specs on LG's site, the only diff is the 5500 has one set of component inputs, whereas the 6500 as two sets, both have three HDMI, and all other features & dimensions are identical ($150 for another set of component inputs?). But, looking at the 5500 in the store it actually does have two component inputs. In fact, the label on the back shows the 50PA5500 model number, but the FCC ID is BEJ50PA6500UA. The label also shows a March 2012 mfgr date, so it is current production.
I called LG customer support and they told me what they read off their marketing lit about only one component input; when I told them even the owner's manual shows it as two and the model in the store has two, they said they were unable to find any differences then. (P.S. They did note that their marketing lit for the 50PA5500 was incorrect that it does not include a "universal" remote, it's the same remote as the rest of the PA series.)
So my question is, does anyone know definitively what the difference is between the 5500 and 6500 models, if any? (Please don't bother going to LG website to tell me what's there...I've already spent a few hours there, thoroughly going through the owner's manual, Google searches, etc.) Would kindly appreciate some factual input
Here's what I discovered...
I went to my Local BJ's Wholesale Club in Riverdale, NJ (Northern NJ, Morris County).
They had the LG 50PA5500 In Stock.
All I could find on the web was in for about the LG 50PA6500...
Then I checked LG's website. I noticed 2 things:
1. It IS LISTED, and the specs are EXACTLY THE SAME WHEN COMPARING THE TWO. I mean down to a T... Inputs, ratios, settings, etc etc etc...
2. If you look on LG's website here, you'll see that there are SUGGESTED PRICES for each model:
The LG 50PA5500 and LG 60PA5500 ARE NOT GIVEN PRICES...
THis is because they are Warehouse SKU's...
I noticed Samsung DOing this too, because at the same BJ's wholesale club, I saw an LN46D610: bjs.com/store/samsung-46-full-hd-1080p-120hz-lcd-hdtv.ln46d610.html
Upon further research, I also saw a Samsung LN 46D630 at Best Buy:
Checking the review section on BB's website, the 4th question from the 4th page of questions, you'll see that the Samsung Representative stated that the D610 was a Warehouse SKU, and the D630 is a retail SKU..
(4th question up from the bottom)
THEY ARE THE SAME PRODUCT... But one is manufactured for a different selling channel.
To repay me, PLEASE tell me where you're getting it for $599! I'm looking at the same 5500 for $699 at my local BJ's, and I'd love to save another $100!