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post #3211 of 3306 Old 03-11-2014, 06:41 PM
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Check your local hhgregg stores. My Ft. Myers, FL store had their P65VT60 priced at $2,499. I got the last one, their display, for $2,000 out the door. It came with one pair of 3d glasses and they ordered me two more.

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Thanks for the tip. HHGregg in my area has quite a few left, best buy and sears all out. Prices are about ~$1600 or $2100 for 65" ST and VTs, although all say that there are some IR issues due to their use as display units. I guess I'm having a tough time ponying up $2K for a VT60, as I'm currently using a 65ST30. Perhaps it might be wiser to just save up for a 4K set in 2 years...

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For Australian readers, I just picked a 55 inch one up from OHKI.com.au for $2149, which is probably the cheapest I've seen it for.
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there's a amz warehouse deal for 65vt60 at $2800.00 + $250 for sales tax. It lists "small scratches on the screen" does anyone have exp. with amz warehouse deals to know how bad this would be?
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Search my name on this thread and you can get my mixed reviews. One was a horror story and the other was great.

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Best Buy in Boynton Beach, FL has 2 55VT60's listed as an open item but sealed in a box. I want to say it was $1500ish on the sticker.
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well guys, I've managed to find a display model 65" VT60 for $2099 + sales tax. The guy I talked to seemed pretty knowledgeable (I was pleasantly surprised), told me nothing static has been on the screen because they run their own video loop on it. The panel has 2600 hours on it and it's been on Vivid mode the whole time...

 

What do you guys think? Sound pretty legit? It's a big box retailer. I'm almost 2 hours away from this store so I don't want to drive all the way there to be disappointed :-P But I guess it's worth a shot.

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I find it very hard to believe that during roughly 4 months of floor time, there was nothing static on it. Not saying he isn't legit, but that seems unlikely. For example, in my local best buy, for every one TV that's showing a movie, there's 3 on ESPN with the ticket going all day, every time I go in
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Seeeesh.... I'm  glad I didn't have to go hrough what you guys are having to go through to get a new display!!!

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Picked up the 65" VT60 tonight from Sears for $2099 (display model) and went ahead and got their 3 year extended warranty, no IR at all, April build date, 2600 hours...brought my flash drive & ran some slides on it to check for IR and ran a couple mp4's on it, everything looked good. Also took a flashlight and checked for cracks, found a 3mm hairline crack but definitely nothing you'll ever notice...so I guess it was a success! Got it home and watched a few minutes of House of Cards and 300 and the picture is astounding on THX Cinema!

Only "concern" I had was that I was surprised at how quickly the panel would get IR, like if I was on a menu for 45sec to 1 minute then flipped back to an all gray background (gray screen jpeg), I could faintly see the letters from the menu against the all gray background. I've never experienced that on my 50" ST60 (October build). Sure the IR doesn't stay there long but I was surprised it would happen that quick especially after 2600 hours. Anyone care to comment on this or am I just being picky? (I have 30 days to return it.)
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just picked up demo of 65vt60 at PC Richard and son..1800 is best I could get them to do..being delivered tonight!!....just could not pull the trigger on a Samsung plasma..so I checked this tv over and played with it for 3 hours and decided to make a deal biggrin.gif

just checked the hours...2850..turned off/on 359..bit more than I hoped for but not unexpected....spectacular so far..no issues....can't hear the fan unless I stick my head behind the tv...purchased a 3 year warranty from Costco...104+tax since I am a non-member. So it now has 4 years warranty, the last 3 from Square Trade.
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Went by Best Buy to take a look at the F8500 and they had a 55" VT60 in the back. The associate told me it has never been opened, someone ordered it on-line and refused delivery due to it not having straps on it when it was delivered. They said Panasonic does not provide straps and that they never use straps to bring a television into the house on a rolling cart, they think the individual just had buyer's remorse. 

 

Anyways, I am not sure about the story but I looked the box over and it had absolutely no damage and it was still factory sealed in perfect condition. They had it for sale for $1599 and I could not get them to come down. Due to the fact that these can not be found in new condition anymore, unless you pay a ridiculous sum, I went ahead and purchased it. I will pick it up tomorrow.

 

My only concern is that it may not be bright enough and I would have preferred a larger size. Worse case scenario I can return it or resale it for a profit. 

 

My question is, do you guys think it was smart for me to buy it at this price/condition?

 

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My question is, do you guys think it was smart for me to buy it at this price/condition?

Thanks.
The price seems decent, but it's not a smart buy if the size isn't what you really wanted.
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if you're already questioning size now...
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Went by Best Buy to take a look at the F8500 and they had a 55" VT60 in the back. ...  They had it for sale for $1599 and I could not get them to come down....

 

My only concern is that it may not be bright enough and I would have preferred a larger size. Worse case scenario I can return it or resale it for a profit.

My question is, do you guys think it was smart for me to buy it at this price/condition?

 

Thanks.

 

I was able to pick one up a few weeks ago at Pacific Sales for $1,499.  Considering what others have been paying for floor models, you got a good price.

 

The unit does have auto room adjustments and may drive the brightness down in order to save some energy - very easy to change those settings.  Is it going to bright enough for you in comparison the to the Samsung? In all of the reviews I've seen it may have been slightly lower than the Samsung in brightness, but the Samsungs didn't have the color or blackness ratings that the Panasonics did.

 

So they are alwyas tradeoffs and compromises - if brightness was really the biggest concern maybe an LCD would have been the best choice???  I went with plasma because it still has the higher overall picture quality - then it's just a matter of which one.  The Panasonic and Samsung are really neck-n-neck, just back to what you want to trade-off or compromise on.  I think the Samsungs tabletop stands are really low quality (they twist by hand pretty easily and don't look that good either) and I was able to easily find a discount on the close-out Panasonics.  I think I got the better picture and a great price so it was an easy decision.

 

As ar as size goes, just open up a tape measure and really see what the difference in screen size equates to in your room... I don't think it's that much difference, especially when you're saving that much money over the competing products.

 

Another way to think about this is that we are in a definitive transistion period as technology is evolving.  Plasma is on the way out and eventually OLED will be king (or something better).  Hang on to this set for a few years, as new products come in and the market settles out, there will be some clear choices.  Then, just go and buy that bigger/better set and move the VT to the bedroom.

 

Bottom line: The 55" VT60  is a tremendous value, settle in with a good movie and some popcorn and give that buyers remorse a rest, you made a good choice.

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Hey... I have a 55 inch vt with three year of square trade on it. I have had the tv since October and no problems at all. It has been wall mounted and stand is still in wrap. I also purchased the 3 year square trade on it. Taking offers for it. I will send pictures upon request. Please email lappo424@Hotmail.com if interested.

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I picked up a 60" VT60 floor model from PC Richard a couple of weeks ago. It's awesome. Really no burn-in except for a very faint gray box on the bottom right (it's small and only noticeable when looking for it and using the screen wipe... can't even notice it when watching hockey, so I'm fine with it). It had less than 3,000 hours. I got it for $1398 and got them to give me their 5 year warranty for $150 (normally $300). It had the stand, remote and two 3D glasses. I was hoping for a slightly lower price but after searching most of Suffolk County for this TV, I had to pull the trigger. I actually made the purchase at the Riverhead store, but their floor model had very visible IR from the ESPN scroll bar(possibly burn-in... I didn't run a screen wipe to see if it'd come out, but it was easily noticeable anytime the screen was white), but picked up the Happauge model since their TV was in better condition.

In case you guys were wondering, Riverhead should still have the TV although like I said, I don't know if it's IR or burn-in. Elwood also has it but it had burn-in, the sales guy said they tried running the screen wipe for hours on it but couldn't get out the burn-in. Apparently the Roosevelt PC Richard had multiple sets, but they're all gonna be floor models. The Southampton PC Richard is supposed to have a set although I haven't seen it and don't know its condition.

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Have you guys had any experience with Panasonic manufacturer repaired models?
I'm looking at a 60" vt60 for $2288 which is supposedly a "service repaired" open box unit.

This a reasonable deal?

Thanks in advance
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Anyone know of any reputable dealers that have any 65" VT60's in stock? My VT50 was stolen a couple of days ago and the insurance company will spring for the VT60 (just want it to be new in the box).
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Anyone know of any reputable dealers that have any 65" VT60's in stock? My VT50 was stolen a couple of days ago and the insurance company will spring for the VT60 (just want it to be new in the box).
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Walts has one on Amazon for $5800 :-P http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00BC4SN9S/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

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Walts has one on Amazon for $5800 :-P http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00BC4SN9S/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

What a waste of money that is..5800$?!! Three months ago it's was 1999$... What a rip off man
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What a waste of money that is..5800$?!! Three months ago it's was 1999$... What a rip off man

Supply & Demand, demand high & supply low = higher prices unfortunately 

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Anyone know of any reputable dealers that have any 65" VT60's in stock? My VT50 was stolen a couple of days ago and the insurance company will spring for the VT60 (just want it to be new in the box).
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Not sure where you live but I would check your non-big box local tv and appliance stores
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Anyone know of any reputable dealers that have any 65" VT60's in stock? My VT50 was stolen a couple of days ago and the insurance company will spring for the VT60 (just want it to be new in the box).
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Literally what I had to do was make a list of phone numbers for every hhgregg, sears, bestbuy, etc. in my area and tell the associate the item number and ask them if they had any new, open box, or display units. Several of the hhgregg's and one Sears had display models. Be weary of burn-in though. Check the hours on the panel and bring some slides and mp4's on a flash drive so you can play content and and use the gray screen jpeg's to look for burn in. Definitely get an extended warranty if you can.

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Have you guys had any experience with Panasonic manufacturer repaired models?
I'm looking at a 60" vt60 for $2288 which is supposedly a "service repaired" open box unit.

This a reasonable deal?

Thanks in advance

First reaction, I would not get it. But if you have your heart set on this model, maybe, as long as you accept the reality that you would be paying a premium for a non-new panel given the panels relative unavailability.

I would need A LOT more information from which to base a decision anyway (is it a known reputable company, what was repaired, cosmetic condition, are detailed pictures available, would it be a local purchase and what is the return policy, etc.)

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Have you guys had any experience with Panasonic manufacturer repaired models?
I'm looking at a 60" vt60 for $2288 which is supposedly a "service repaired" open box unit.

This a reasonable deal?

Thanks in advance

I would not, especially since you can have a brand new 60 inch F8500 for less. If it was under 2K, then I would say maybe. But cruelinventions is right, I'd need a TON more info on it before i pulled the trigger.
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What a waste of money that is..5800$?!! Three months ago it's was 1999$... What a rip off man

 

I agree 100%...

 

And I think that any store that price-gouges should be boycotted from any future purchases - that is just my feeling.

 

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Market allocation based on scarcity. Yeah it hurts our pockets and brains but it's how it works.


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Supply & Demand, demand high & supply low = higher prices unfortunately 

I understand that but doesn't mean you have to rip off the consumer for a few bucks. Just insane, the VT60 is great but not 5800$ great.
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Market allocation based on scarcity. Yeah it hurts our pockets and brains but it's how it works.

 

They are free to set whatever price they want - true.

 

But I/we are also free to not patronize their business when they do.

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They are free to set whatever price they want - true.

 

But I/we are also free to not patronize their business when they do.

 

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