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post #1 of 26 Old 12-05-2011, 09:53 AM - Thread Starter
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I bought my 55" ST30 in early summer, right before there was a deal with the avatar pack and glasses.Called to complain to Panasonic but got nowhere.

At the end of October I bought the 3D glasses twin pack (TY-EW3D3MPK2) from panasonic direct (I get a corporate discount through my employer). However they have been on backorder ever since. Still as of this morning Panasonic direct has no ETA on when they'll be in.

I've checked around at other online merchants - no one else seems to have the glasses twin pack in stock. How could they not have sufficient supply planned in the critical holiday season? Hello Panasonic!!?! I'm guessing they shunted the supply of glasses over to the free pair you now get if you buy a VT model?

Anyone have any info on a supplier of these who has the glasses in stock and doesn't charge and arm and a leg for it?
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Hmmmmm....bought my 65GT30 about 3 weeks ago. The "promo" included the two pack of 3D glasses. Had no problem getting them.

I know the "pack" with the glasses and 3D Avatar is out there, but it's crazy expensive (Panasonic got a temporary exclusive on the 3D version of Avatar).

I'm pretty sure you can find the 2 pack for the glasses only on-line.

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nope I haven't been able to find them available. There are a quite a few sites that list the glasses for sale, but when you look at the details/add it to your cart/call them it turns out they are either on backorder from Panasonic or the retailer just has it drop shipped directly from Panasonic to you so you'll get the same backorder message from Panasonic.

Amazon currently shows that they have only 2 units in stock but they are selling for MSRP via Cleveland Plasma where many other places would have a significant discount from MSRP if they had stock. Interestingly Cleveland Plasma's site says they sell them for 25% less than Amazon's price, but then their storefront won't let you add it to the cart.
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I had this problem as well getting the 3rd generations glasses. I had to wait. I finally saw one on amazon and got it in october. I also have seen it at best buy.

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the avatar kit with 3d moive and glasses has been discontinued..
i sold the glasses that came with the avatar kit because they are all a meduim
i have a huge head lol iam waiteing till spring. j and r has some in stock
but i need large
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Here's J&Rs situation: They are backordered/out of stock on all of the 3rd generation glasses skus - e.g. single medium glasses, single large glasses, glasses 2-pack, and a 3rd gen 2 pack plus avatar set. I didn't even realize there was a 3rd gen glasses plus avatar pack.
Ironically the only Panasonic glasses J&R has in stock is the clunky 2nd generation glasses + avatar pack. See the image. WTF.

As for best buy, they don't sell the glasses over the web, only in store. And attached image has the in stock status for all best buys in the greater seattle area. Comes up goose eggs...
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thats why iamwaiteing till spring so they get them in stock the 2 gen glasses ar not that bad if they where large i would have kept them
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I scored a 2pack of TW-EW3d3MU at my local BestBuy this weekend when i ordered my 65GT30, i didnt know they even offered a large, but I got a big head so I might need to order a Large set once the TV gets here on Friday
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I found a Panasonic 3rd gen 2 pack last month but the switch is tiny and one has already failed within 3wks. They are poorly engineered for normal use and will be problematic. Now I'm stuck trying to get a replacement like you guys. Panasonic offered to inspect it for replacement if I send it in but wouldn't cross ship a new set, even with a credit card authorization from me (probably because they don't have any). As for size, I have the med set and a rather big head which they fit just fine although I don't wear glasses under them.

Has anybody tried these as an alternative?:
http://www.3dglassesunlimited.com/pa...ses-p-442.html

Post your review if you end up there. 100% 90 day money back and free shipping seems appealing to try them out.

I'm not affiliated in any way, just looking for a workable solution to the Panasonic 3rd gen low supply and high cost issues.

PS. If anyone has squashed a pair of the 3rd gen sets and would dissect a pair I'd love to hear how you get them apart and maybe a pic of the guts.
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http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/pro...o=TY-EW3D3MMK3

PC Richards and they will ship.

http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/pro...o=TY-EW3D3MMK3
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appreciate trying to find them.. but that pack from P.C. Richard is the older generation glasses with Avatar pack. All comments I've read from folks is the that new 3rd generation glasses are much better, so that's what I'm looking for.

Like everyone else, P.C. Richard says they are out of stock on the new 3rd gen glasses, waiting for shipment from Panasonic

http://www.pcrichard.com/catalog/pro...tegoryId=40150
Panasonic TY-EW3D3MPK2 3D Glasses Twin Pack
Model: TY-EW3D3MPK2
Expected to ship from manufacturer: 12/22/11

Separately I called Panasonic this morning to get the status of my Panasonic Direct order.. still no ETA, though the cust rep said that
1. individual medium size 3rd gen glasses were starting to come in for shipment, though they were all allocated to fulfilling existing customer backorders
2. the reason for the supply problem was b/c of some quality issue in the initial lots of glasses and that had to be addressed in manufacturing. No details on what the issue was, but I've seen a surprising # of users who got 3rd gen units so far complain about issues with them
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I have a VT30 and I don't think they come with third gens either. Third gen came out in August VT30 came out in May. I could be wrong but wouldn't that mean the VTs come with second gen glasses. The sku is different on them too.

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Yep, the VT came only with 2nd gen. Panny just released 5000 mediums so look for them soon at the stores. They quit producing the larges, but I'm a pretty big guy and the mediums are a fine fit.
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Yeah I was just saying that based on someone saying they were low on stock because they were including them with Panasonic VTs. Which obviously is false.

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I printed out the Panasonic EPP discounted price for my 65GT30 and the twin pack of glasses and took it to HHGregg. They beat the TV price and matched the glasses price. However, they were backordered and it took less than a week to arrive. I ended up with four pair / two twin packs. I ordered a pair of SainSonic 3D glasses from Amazon the day I ordered the TV so I'd have a pair for testing. They work well enough, but the Panasonic Gen 3s are better. The SainSonic glasses have now been rigged up for my 3 year old using the small nose-pads and a velcro strap across the back.

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I know this is an old thread but does anyone know of a good alternative to the TY-EW3D3 glasses? Bought a 55gt30 and can't get the 3rd gen glasses anywhere at reasonable price. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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I just grabbed two sets of the new PS3 3D glasses, on sale for $50/ea. They seem fine to me, though I'm not the most avid 3D watcher. Not the most stylish things and they creaked a bit in the temples going on my big head. They held sync at least as far as the Panasonics do, ~16 feet or more.
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thanks for the heads up. I've heard & read that the ps3 glasses hurt? Is that correct?
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nope I haven't been able to find them available. There are a quite a few sites that list the glasses for sale, but when you look at the details/add it to your cart/call them it turns out they are either on backorder from Panasonic or the retailer just has it drop shipped directly from Panasonic to you so you'll get the same backorder message from Panasonic.

Amazon currently shows that they have only 2 units in stock but they are selling for MSRP via Cleveland Plasma where many other places would have a significant discount from MSRP if they had stock. Interestingly Cleveland Plasma's site says they sell them for 25% less than Amazon's price, but then their storefront won't let you add it to the cart.



I found the twin pack of TY-EW3D3MU online at SHOP the WOZ with free shipping at a great price of 120.00. Upeople are not looking in the right places. u know the big chains are going to be sold out. Got mine today
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Shop the woz online. got mine today for 120.00 twin pack
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Shop the woz online. got mine today for 120.00 twin pack

Anyone else have experience with this retailer? I went to the site and added the glasses to my cart, but it looks like they try to sell you on additional insurance etc... I would rather not deal.
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Just got my new $1500 Panasonic 65 inch plasma

Where can I get glasses for it? It's out of stock everywhere.
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They don't show up on the woz site anymore.

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I just grabbed two sets of the new PS3 3D glasses, on sale for $50/ea. They seem fine to me, though I'm not the most avid 3D watcher. Not the most stylish things and they creaked a bit in the temples going on my big head. They held sync at least as far as the Panasonics do, ~16 feet or more.

Where?
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I just ordered 3rd gen 3d panasonics on eBay from China for $75 each. Seems to be a decent amount there.....good seller reviews. My seller has been on eBay since 2007 with 7500 reviews.
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I just ordered 3rd gen 3d panasonics on eBay from China for $75 each. Seems to be a decent amount there.....good seller reviews. My seller has been on eBay since 2007 with 7500 reviews.

I am considering doing the same. I assume that the glasses are the same as the ones from the US but just come with Chinese manuals.

Its amazing with the shortage of these glasses I can't find any good, bad, or otherwise reviews about any of the 3rd party offerings except for the Xpand's
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