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Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I got the upgrade bug about a month ago when my 50" Samsung panel starting to show severe image trails and image retention when a bright object on the screen changed position. I tossed around the idea of going with a LED set, but the shootout and others feeling that the blacks were not as good led me back to plasma. I have a cutout in the wall, so couldn't go to a much larger set, but 55 will fit. There is really only option...Panasonic.
The last week I really got hot on the idea and sent an email to Chris at Cleveland Plasma (on the 23rd).
I got a response the next day and exchanged a few emails and he quoted me a price. He said he had the units in stock. I told him I'd let him know.
I made my decision on the 29th and sent him an email asking about warranty and my desire to move forward. I didn't hear back.
I called him the next day to finalize the deal (and I'm not sure he knew who I was). At that point he said he needed to call his distributor and check inventory and that he would call me back tomorrow (yesterday the 30th).
I never heard back. I sent an email today and didn't hear back either.
Anyway, I figured I had better check around. Paul's has none and doesn't know when they'll get any. A few other websites list the unit as "out of stock" as well.
So, I called another local shop, Audio Video Center. The guy said they had one in stock, but he'd have to "get it from another customer." Not exactly sure what that meant, but I asked him the price, to check to see if he actually had one and when I could get it.
Long story short...he called me back, got me a fair price, store paid the sales tax [9%] (due to some ad they are running in the paper) and offered to deliver the set Monday--they deliver locally for free. I scheduled it for Thursday (when I'm off work) and I'll let everyone know how it goes.