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as the tite says. the Panny 55ut50 is $799 at costco, they just got them in on the 27th. If I hadn't already picked up the 50u54 at costco a few months ago I'd be ALL over this one
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as the tite says. the Panny 55ut50 is $799 at costco, they just got them in on the 27th. If I hadn't already picked up the 50u54 at costco a few months ago I'd be ALL over this one

That's a great price! I'll have to take a look this weekend.
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Can anybody else confirm this price?
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Can anybody else confirm this price?

yes, was just there
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Just picked mine up today. Great deal - plus at Costco you get 2 years of warranty for free, can purchase an additional 3 years (for a total of 5 years) for only 60 bucks more. Also, you have 90 days to return it if it doesn't work our for some reason.

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Can someone provide me the ad from costco so I can make best buy price match? I dont have costco in my area
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Along the same lines, I was wondering what stores would be willing to call Costco and verify the price of this TV and then match it? Do stores do that?
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Unfortunately, I haven't seen it in any ads. That's not to say it isn't - but I couldn't find it. The only way I knew about it was the posts from this forum alerting me to it when I was still researching the unit. I had to drive to the store just to see if they really did have them. I went to 2 stores - 1 in Vancouver, WA and 1 in Portland, OR (where I ended up purchasing it). Both stores had it in stock. No idea to what extent - but they were there.

I knew about the 2 year warranty at Costco, but not the cheap 3 year extension. 5 years of protection for $60 total seems worth it ....

Let me know if you do find this in any ads. I'd be curious to know.

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Can someone provide me the ad from costco so I can make best buy price match? I dont have costco in my area

http://www.costco.com/Panasonic-55%22-1080p-Plasma-HDTV-TC-P55UT50.product.100027872.html?catalogId=10701&langId=-1&categoryId=30771&identifier=plasma-tvs&storeId=10301

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$849.99 at Best Buy and Sears.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+55%26%2334%3B+Class+%2855-1/8%26%2334%3B+Diag.%29+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/4841545.p?id=1218541222563&skuId=4841545&st=panasonic%2055ut50&cp=1&lp=2

http://www.sears.com/panasonic-smart-viera-174-55inch-ut50-series-full-hd/p-05775562000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

I just matched the Bestbuy.com price at Amazon--ordered last week for $899.99, gets delivered tomorrow.

Thought about Costo, but didn't really have away to get the TV home, and shipping was $100 from Costco.com. With the $50 price match it ends up cheaper for me than Costco now anyway since I don't pay sales tax on Amazon orders in my state.


Edit: Amazon has matched the $849.99 price now.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P55UT50-55-Inch-Plasma/dp/B00752VLB8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357498769&sr=8-2&keywords=panasonic+55+ut50
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thanks for the Amazon link, was considering buying this from Cosco.

But every time I see it in stores, it looks really dark. Does this TV require a completely dark room to do it justice?
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It doesn't need a completely dark room, but it's not great in a bright room with light directly on the screen all the time.

It has a glossy screen, so reflections will be an issue--so if you have a lot of light you can't control then the ST50 and up models that have the louvre filter may be better.

Also, plasmas generally just aren't as bright as LCDs (especially good LED lighted ones), so they aren't going to "pop" in a bright room like those type of sets do.

In any case, it's hard to judge sets in stores like Costco as the bright fluorescent lighting is harsher than what most people have at home.
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It doesn't need a completely dark room, but it's not great in a bright room with light directly on the screen all the time.
It has a glossy screen, so reflections will be an issue--so if you have a lot of light you can't control then the ST50 and up models that have the louvre filter may be better.
Also, plasmas generally just aren't as bright as LCDs (especially good LED lighted ones), so they aren't going to "pop" in a bright room like those type of sets do.
In any case, it's hard to judge sets in stores like Costco as the bright fluorescent lighting is harsher than what most people have at home.

Thanks for the info. I really want to buy this set, I trust AVS more than what I see in stores, but it just looks so dark every time I see it (Sears, BB, Paul's). If the ST50 doesn't have a deal this month, I'll just roll the dice with the UT50.

My current set is a glossy Samsung LCD, and once I calibrated it, it looks just as dark in daytime. So maybe I shouldn't worry.
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Looks like it's all out of stock at Amazon now, but still in stock for $849.99 with free shipping at both Best Buy and Sears. Though you'll get hit with tax there, where some can miss it on Amazon orders.

Got my set yesterday and I'm loving it so far.
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I had seen it at my local Costco last weekend and was able to convince the Mrs. that the 55" isn't TOO big to go in our living/front/family room. Just ordered it from Costco. Don't have a car as we live in the City, so had to pay the extra for shipping, but the longer warranty will be nice (if ever needed). Now....to just get the drywall finished and all of the A/V wiring done and I can mount it. I have started looking over the A/V Distribution forum as I will be running HDMI over Cat6. Look like I have a lot of reading to do.
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Best Buy and Sears have it for $849.99 with free shipping--so that saves $50 vs. paying the $100 shipping from Costco. Of course, the longer warranty and return period may be worth the $50 to many people.
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It's instock at the West Nashville, TN location as I just saw it on Sunday. Wish I had the room for one. I'd really like to find a great 42" Plasma as that's as big as my room can handle right now.
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Local Costco had like 10 of these sitting there in boxes. It looks really dark in every store I've seen it, my guess is it has trouble selling for that reason.

$350 is a lot just to upgrade to an ST50.
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$849.99 at Best Buy and Sears.

They both offer free delivery. Maybe the best way to go would be to go in store and have one of these stores price match Costco? It does say in the Sears price match policy that they will match membership clubs.
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They both offer free delivery. Maybe the best way to go would be to go in store and have one of these stores price match Costco? It does say in the Sears price match policy that they will match membership clubs.

That could work.

Not sure if they do free deliver on in store purchases though. I know the last TV I bought before this one had free shipping from Bestbuy.com, but was $60 to get delivered if I bought it in store. Hopefully they've remedied that kind of nonsense though. But would be cheaper than Costco's $100 fee for people who can't get it home themselves in any case.
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That could work.

Not sure if they do free deliver on in store purchases though. I know the last TV I bought before this one had free shipping from Bestbuy.com, but was $60 to get delivered if I bought it in store. Hopefully they've remedied that kind of nonsense though. But would be cheaper than Costco's $100 fee for people who can't get it home themselves in any case.

Sears local ad says free delivery for TV's $799 and up. I guess the way to do this would be to go to Costco and take a picture of the pricetag, then go to Sears
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Sears local ad says free delivery for TV's $799 and up. I guess the way to do this would be to go to Costco and take a picture of the pricetag, then go to Sears

Yep (as long as sears matches warehouse stores) that should work. Could print the online page from Costo.com as well and take both.
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Yep (as long as sears matches warehouse stores) that should work. Could print the online page from Costo.com as well and take both.

Yeah, the only thing about the costco.com webpage is the $99 delivery charge listed. That's why I think a picture of the actual pricetag would give them less wiggle room

It does say in on the Sears pricematch FAQ
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Q: Does Sears match retail stores that require a membership?

A: Sears will match membership club stores. Customers must present their current membership card along with the proof of the price that is being matched. Sears does not price match military PX retail stores.
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True. But could be a big YMMV on whether they'll accept just a photo. They'll usually require a print add, view of the website and sometimes call the local store to check price (in which case they'd probably ask about delivery fee). I know Amazon's price matching includes delivery fee--which is why I didn't bother trying to get a match of the Costco price since the $99 delivery more than offset the $50 price difference.

Doesn't hurt to try though!
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I ended up bypassing a Sears store visit, and just ordered online at $850 with a Discover card. Along with 5% cashback, the card has 90 day price protection. Since the 2012 model are hitting EOL, I'm sure a legit published low price will show up with the 90 days.
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Just a bump on this... it looks like Costco is now including the shipping in the 799.99 price on the website. I also got the next coupon book in the mail, and they're showing a $50 discount starting on Jan 31st. I'm not sure if that means it'll drop down to $749.99, and I don't know if it'll still include free shipping, but it might be worth waiting until the 31st if you've been looking to get this set.

I just bought this at best buy earlier in the month (paid 899.99 with free shipping -- went back a week later and got $50 refunded because it had dropped $50 on their own website). Has anyone had any success in getting BB to price match Costco.com prices? If it really does drop down to 749.99 with free shipping on the 31st, I might go back in and see if I can get them to match, as I'm still well within the 30 day return window.
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I am also considering the TV and am waiting until the 31st to place an order. The warehouses in Tucson are filled with this set but they are too big for me to handle without delivery. Note that the "free shipping" is not white glove, that costs an extra $27. Are you pleased with the TV?
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I am also considering the TV and am waiting until the 31st to place an order. The warehouses in Tucson are filled with this set but they are too big for me to handle without delivery. Note that the "free shipping" is not white glove, that costs an extra $27. Are you pleased with the TV?

Ah yes, I'd forgotten that Costco's standard shipping was threshold delivery (which isn't the end of the world if you're able to move the thing inside yourself). That was another reason we went with Best Buy... not only did they do inside delivery for free, but they took away our old set for recycling at no additional cost. I wish I could have kept the old set, but we really didn't have the room for it elsewhere in the house. If it really does drop down to 749.99, even with $27 for white glove delivery, it's still a great deal for the 55" set.

We've been pretty happy so far. I was leaning towards this set before we stepped foot in Best Buy, mostly because I thought it provided the best bang for the buck. We could have gone with a Vizio or LG LCD, but after we compared them side by side in the store (admittedly, not the best environment for it), the plasma had the best contrast and colors, hands down. I read about the issues other folks reported (hum, image retention, line bleed) and got concerned, so much so that we kept the box, just in case. We've had the set for about 2 weeks now, and thus far I've noticed no hum at all. I managed to notice a tiny ghost of image retention... I watched a couple of episodes of History's "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" and the history channel "H" bug got burned in. You only notice it when bright solid colors are on the screen, and even then, it's gotten to the point where you really need to look for it. I think it'll fade away soon enough. I've also noticed the line bleed a bit, but that doesn't bother me at all. I've come to a plasma from a 32" Panasonic HD-ready CRT, so it's something I'm used to seeing (and I realize it's just one of those quirks of plasma). For what it's worth, I didn't have the patience to try doing a proper burn-in on this set, so we started watching lots of tv right away.
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Are you pleased with the TV?

Due to the lack of an anti-glare screen, it is best to use this a room where you can control the lighting. Otherwise, glare is pretty bad. In dark scenes, it's almost like looking into a black mirror. I exchanged my UT50 for an ST50 and am happy
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Due to the lack of an anti-glare screen, it is best to use this a room where you can control the lighting. Otherwise, glare is pretty bad. In dark scenes, it's almost like looking into a black mirror. I exchanged my UT50 for an ST50 and am happy

We've got pretty bad lighting in our living room, including a torch lamp right behind the couch. I've only noticed the glare to be an issue in movies, and even then, only in darker scenes (as you pointed out). I don't notice it at all while watching normal tv. My workaround has been either to use "Light" mode (don't recall the exact setting off the top of my head) and/or to turn out the lights. I like to watch movies in the dark, anyway.
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