I have been looking at options to buy a plasma tv for several months now and narrowed my choices down to the Samsung PN51E7000 and the Panasonic TC-P50ST50. I know that the 2013s are coming out very soon, and most likely will be at higher price points, so I wanted to grab a 2012 while they are still out there. I wanted to see these two in action so I went over to Best Buy to check them out. Luckily, they did have both on display and I had decided on the Samsung (just think it has a sharper picture). Much to my dismay though they have discontinued the 7000 series at Best Buy and are sold out in my region.
The sales rep that I was working with offered to sell me the display unit, which is the 60" Samsung 7000 series, for $1199. Seems like a pretty awesome deal considering that the 50" is going for around $1000 pretty much everywhere that still has them. The unit shows no signs of burn in, dead pixels, or any other physical defect.
My concern is that according to the salesman this tv has been on display for roughly 8 months, and my guess is that it has been running for roughly 8-10 hours per day that whole time. That equates to roughly 2200 hours of run time. The one good thing is that the tv is in the Magnolia section where they do not have all of the tvs set to vivid or whatever store-demo brightness the other floor models are normally kept at.
Salesman said that the tv would include the original 1 year manufacturers warranty and I have the option of purchasing 2,4, or 5 year Geek Squad protection for an additional charge ($140, $230, $260).
I guess my ultimate question is whether the $1199 price is enough to justify the usage that is already on the unit? Should I pull the trigger on this deal before someone else takes the floor model or should I wait and see what price the 2013s come out at?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.