Originally Posted by drangdloon
it is an over the phone deal only because of region limitations. fortunately i live outside all their regions.
I took advantage of the same deal and only regret was that I didn't push my wife harder for the 64" model which I believe was only 300 or 400 more. Then again, I guess it's debatable if each extra inch would be worth ~$75/inch.
That being said, your decision will ultimately come down to your priorities. Mine was getting the extras (player/glasses) and the design. Not only are the 2011 Samsung's quite a bit lighter then the 2011 Panasonic's, but also thinner/smaller bezel/etc. and overall I prefer their design. I think the consensus is the Panasonic's offer better black levels, while the Samsung's offer some of the most accurate colors ever.
Of course, my decision would have been easier had Panasonic made a VT30 at 60" for ~$2000 or Pioneer never exited the TV business, but alas they didn't and I didn't want to sacrifice all the way down to 55" or spend a grand more for the 65" behemoth (which my wife also likely wouldn't have allowed to boot).
The Samsung was the sweet spot of everything (price/performance/size/design) and a fairly easy choice once accounting for the reduced price and bonuses. Of course I may wish I had held out for the 2012 60" E8000, I'm loving the TV thus far and convinced it's the best value all-around
for 2011 TV's. Though if money was no object and wife allowed it, my ideal flat-panel would be a 65" VT30 or 60-70" Sharp Elite instead. Though next time I upgrade it sounds like I'll be an OLED owner (5-or-so years from now)...