I was encouraged by all the Best Buy posts with price matching so I gave it a shot. In Cincinnati Tri-County store (the only Magnolia store in town), they are tough nuts to crack about price matching. My first battle consisted of myself and a manager going back and forth on the 55 inch VT50. They would not budge from their price of 2299. I showed them the print-out of the PlasmaTV4Less.com asking price of 1899, and he literally laughed in my face saying they're not an authorized dealer of Panasonic.
I went back on a non-weekend day hoping that I would get another manager to deal with. After reading the forums and debating, I tried on the 65in VT50. Once I walked in, talked to the associate, I showed him the print-out of BuytvToday.com. They do have an "authorized dealer" image on their site and I hoped they would just fall for that (much like rosen did above). So, they take the print-out, leave for 10-15 minutes and finally said, "We can't do it for $2749, but we can do it for $2999). I argued a bit back and forth in which the manager replies, "Listen, they are not an authorized dealer for Panasonic, and to be honest, we have never sold this TV for this low at this store ever. We're cutting you a break, so it's a take it or leave it offer."
I decided to take it. The TV is getting delivered on Wednesday.
A couple of notes for those who try:
1. The TV is only carried by stores that have a Magnolia store (usually only one or two of the Best Buys in your area).
2. They are totally aware of what you are trying to do, in fact, they know most of the names of the sites that we all refer to in these posts.
3. Be as courteous and respectable as possible. Remember, they don't HAVE to sell you a TV at all.
4. As a man in my 30s, I even dressed down so it looked like I didn't have a lot of money to begin with. (It helps)
I do want to say that the manager told me as I was leaving, "You know that you did just buy the best TV in the store, right?" I replied, "That's why I bought it."
Hope some of these tips help out.