But, since it was an open box unit, there may be some risk that the $75 rebate has already been claimed by the previous owner. I haven't seen any reports of this yet but LG might be limiting the rebates to one per serial number. If they didn't do this, they could end up shelling out $75 every time one of these units changed hands.
If you wouldn't want the unit without the $75 refund, I would apply for it immediately. That would give you a chance to return the unit within the 30 day returns window in the event LG rejects your request.
But, personally, $159 is such a great deal that I would keep the unit even without the $75 rebate. And you could probably sell the unit for much more than that.
Very doubtful an open box has already been "claimed".
Yeah, I knew it was a good deal, regardless. I also knew I was going to get an eyeroll when I got home.
So far, my HD path has been: xbox HD player (that I sold for $100) a Toshiba A2 and Toshiba A35 (that I sold for a good price on ebay--$175, I think) a Samsung UP5K and now two BH200s. And all of that in a little over a year. (Darn format war!)
This BH200 replaced the A2 on a third TV. The other is hooked up to a projection system in a playroom, and the UP5K to a LCD projector in our media room. All of them get use, it is just if you look at all the purchases, it seems kinda crazy. I think my wife's comment was "don't tell me you have another disk player in that bag".
I applied for the rebate already, BTW, and no problem. The check should be on the way. I was fairly certain about it, because the saleslady said it was an open box but not a return. (Demo model?) That same BB had a good share of UP5Ks still hanging around too, but this was the last BH200. Strangely, the open box UP5K they were trying to sell for like $223. Not sure what they wanted for the boxed ones.