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I just called my local store to see if they had any in stock, I was told the item was online only and no stores carried it, which I don't think is right based on all the people saying they have found them at their store. Is there a way to find out if my store will be getting them or should I call again and talk to someone else?
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Yes, "threshold delivery" is just inside to 1 room near the entry. I think the brochure says they won't even deliver to an upper floor room. I don't know if "white glove" delivery is even available from their on-line store.

I bought this TV online on Thursday, and white glove delivery was available for an additional $35. I'm installing the TV on the second floor, so I went ahead and got it.
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Oh, I forgot this thread was for Costco. Sounds like their delivery options are similar to Sam's B&M, but I didn't see more than 1 delivery option online.

RonDonald, I don't think anyone has seen the S60/S64s in stores at Costco yet, but Sam's does have them in local stores.
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Indeed some have commented that their local Costco had some of the 65" models on the floor. Others say they do not. It varies from area to area. I have checked many times at my local Costco warehouse wherein they also look in a different view menu on their computer monitor to see if there are any in stock at other Costco warehouses in the area. I live in California, Silicon Valley. None of the Costco's have stocked or are stocking the 65" model. It is only available at Costco On-Line.

Contrarily, the 50" model is in the local warehouses everywhere in Silicon Valley.

I have no idea why Costco is stocking the smaller TV only. It does look very nice at my warehouse location though. I wonder if the 65" takes up excessive space with those giant plasma screen boxes on pallets or with floor space? Perhaps they don't want to risk damage by store employees handling the more delicate plasma TVs. Also, maybe there are supply issues of the 65" and so it doesn't make sense to send inventory to all the stores. Nevertheless, you are not alone being befuddled why the store doesn't stock the 65" model. It would be nice to pick them up locally to save the $99 in shipping costs!
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I called another store nearby and they were able to check the inventory in the surrounding area which showed that 9 are in my state, but none of them in my city. The manager I originally spoke with said something about the store stocking TV's 50" and under and generally anything over that is online only.
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I'm not sure what you guys are being told, but the Costco in Lincoln Park has both the 50" and the 65" S64 at the location. I've been less than 1 foot away from it on multiple occasions.
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Indeed some have commented that their local Costco had some of the 65" models on the floor. Others say they do not. It varies from area to area. I have checked many times at my local Costco warehouse wherein they also look in a different view menu on their computer monitor to see if there are any in stock at other Costco warehouses in the area. I live in California, Silicon Valley. None of the Costco's have stocked or are stocking the 65" model. It is only available at Costco On-Line.

Contrarily, the 50" model is in the local warehouses everywhere in Silicon Valley.

I have no idea why Costco is stocking the smaller TV only. It does look very nice at my warehouse location though. I wonder if the 65" takes up excessive space with those giant plasma screen boxes on pallets or with floor space? Perhaps they don't want to risk damage by store employees handling the more delicate plasma TVs. Also, maybe there are supply issues of the 65" and so it doesn't make sense to send inventory to all the stores. Nevertheless, you are not alone being befuddled why the store doesn't stock the 65" model. It would be nice to pick them up locally to save the $99 in shipping costs!

I think it's a Costco inventory issue. When I started shopping for the S64/S60, my local Costco just under a mile away didn't have any on display or in stock, but 2 Sam's club locations both had display models of the 65S64 and one had at least 7 boxes below (I didn't think to check the inventory at the other store). Maybe Costco didn't think the 65" would sell and didn't stock up on them, but waited for the 50" to arrive, which is seem to have just happened recently. By the way, the 6% city tax savings by ordering online (I live in an unincorporated area of my county) more than offset the shipping cost, plus I would have had to pay for delivery anyway from my local store since the box is too big to fit in any vehicle I could get a hold of.
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I just called my local Costco store in CA and they said they have 8 in stock and they are priced at 1299.99. I am strongly considering picking one up as my current TV, Samsung PN58C7000 has started displaying a purple band horizontally across the screen whenever the image being displayed is white. This TV seems to be the best of both worlds for me by having the AR screen from the ST model and strong gaming performance but not having the bloat of apps and 3D that I don't really need or use. Any other pros, cons, recommendations or warnings about this TV? Thanks,
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I just called my local Costco store in CA and they said they have 8 in stock and they are priced at 1299.99. I am strongly considering picking one up as my current TV, Samsung PN58C7000 has started displaying a purple band horizontally across the screen whenever the image being displayed is white. This TV seems to be the best of both worlds for me by having the AR screen from the ST model and strong gaming performance but not having the bloat of apps and 3D that I don't really need or use. Any other pros, cons, recommendations or warnings about this TV? Thanks,

I've considered this tv as well, though am still leaning to the ST60 for now. That said, it's a very solid value. The downsides I've gathered are:

(the first two really only matter if you're considering any other 2013 Panasonic model)
  • picture quality, while very good, is not quite in the same league as the step-up and similarly priced ST60 model (some people say the difference is significant, some say not so much, hard to know)
  • less levels of gradiation, different sub-field drive, may lead to less crisp/bright images and possibly more banding than step-up models
  • only 2 HDMI
  • no 3D (not a downside if you don't have/want any content)
  • some early owners are reporting noticeable buzzing coming from the panel as well as pops coming from either the panel or the housing of the set

Unless you're also considering a model like the ST60, I'd go for the S64 - if you do happen to have any issues with it, you'll still have the 90 day return policy, and 2 years warranty (5 if you purchase their ST coverage).
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As for buzzing, I cannot hear mine at all. Even up close and with a pure white screen I have to really try to hear it. I wonder if wall-mounting (I did) reduces that some vs. the stand just by dampening any vibration more?
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what bracket did you use to mount it?
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what bracket did you use to mount it?

This one from MonoPrice: http://*******/62qEx

I have been extremely happy with this TV and for the price is the best value I can recall getting on a CE device of any kind in a very long time.

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Just purchased this TV from Costco.com! I'm going to be returning my LG 60PA6550 for this so I'll be going from 60-65" and a much nicer picture hopefully. Thanks for the info!
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hock20, please let us know your impressions of the 65S64 v. the LG 60PA6550. When I first started shopping for a plasma to replace my old CRT, my initial choice was the LG 60PN6550 (I think the PA is just the 2012 version of the PN). The LG was only $800, but all my research (including Consumer Reports) indicated the Panny (S60 series) had superior PQ. The price difference is significant, but I also gained 5" and an AR filter (which was critical as my room is very bright and probably as much a deciding factor as choosing plasma over LCD because my viewing angle is typically from 40-60 degrees).
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Sams website said online only, but decided to stop by local store jsut to see... 5 of them sitting pretty on the shelf, plus the display. Now only 4 remain on the shelf, because I brought one home to use for my XBox 360 gaming tv. Now to get all the settings rights. Usually I can find some good settings online (without running calibration DVD), but have not found any for htis particular set. If they are here and I missed them please point me in the right direction.

So far after one night I am VERY pleased... This forum prevented me from going ST60 and having the lag issues. Now I have this as gaming TV and my 65VT as my movie tv. Happy, Happy, Happy!

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Search in the S60 thread for Fairchild, and his signature has a link to his calibrated settings. He has an S60, but S64 owners report good results with his settings.
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hock20, please let us know your impressions of the 65S64 v. the LG 60PA6550. When I first started shopping for a plasma to replace my old CRT, my initial choice was the LG 60PN6550 (I think the PA is just the 2012 version of the PN). The LG was only $800, but all my research (including Consumer Reports) indicated the Panny (S60 series) had superior PQ. The price difference is significant, but I also gained 5" and an AR filter (which was critical as my room is very bright and probably as much a deciding factor as choosing plasma over LCD because my viewing angle is typically from 40-60 degrees).

I will give as much input as I can, I've had the LG for a few months so I should be able to notice the picture quality change. It's really a good TV but I wanted to invest in a better technology and a bigger sized TV for my main entertainment center.
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I appreciate the suggestion, but being new here I guess I need assistance. I did a search and found 4 different Fairchild user names. I am guessing it is Fairchild99 because he has 400+ post, but I cannot find anything in the "signature line" as suggested. Appreciate any further guidance.

Also, can anyone explain GAME mode. Reading online I thought this set had it, but I cannot find it in any option menus. I am using this set ONLY for xbox 360 gaming, so I am looking for best settings for gaming. Thanks again for any assistance!
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Also, can anyone explain GAME mode. Reading online I thought this set had it, but I cannot find it in any option menus. I am using this set ONLY for xbox 360 gaming, so I am looking for best settings for gaming. Thanks again for any assistance!

The S60 and S64 don't have a GAME mode. I think that's because the input lag is minimal since they aren't excessively loaded with apps or processing so it's not needed.
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I bought the 65P-S64 at a COSTCO store on May 31. The price dropped $100 a few weeks later; I showed the original receipt and was immediately handed $ 114 and change.
Bought a Sony S790 thru Best Buy (Magnolia) and together they present a wonderful experience.
Any ideas on settings for either?
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Jivass,

Can you tell me where in California you found this in stock at Costco?

Thanks!
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Jiveass,

Can you tell me where in California you found this in stock at Costco?

Thanks!
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Jiveass,

Can you tell me where in California you found this in stock at Costco?

Thanks!
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Jiveass,

Can you tell me where in California you found this in stock at Costco?

Thanks!
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Jiveass,

Can you tell me where in California you found this in stock at Costco?

Thanks!
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Costco #471 Cal Expo @ 916 563-7002. Item # 865640, last known price was $1,299.99.
Can not say if the item is in stock, however, the above information should help you in your search.
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Just logged on to Costco. Their inventory is now back up to 107 quantity of the Panasonic 65" 1080p Plasma TV TC-65PS64, item # 865640. Base price is still at $1299.99

Type in a large number on the Costco website and add it to your cart. If the number exceeds your quantity a red notice will appear at the top with current on-line inventory.

Quick link: http://www.costco.com/Panasonic-65%22-1080p-Plasma-TV-TC-65PS64.product.100043008.html?catalogId=10701&categoryId=30771&identifier=plasma-tvs&langId=-1&storeId=10301

Hope this helps.

Edit 1 (about 24 hours later):
I checked the Costco inventory 21 hours after my original post and the on-line inventory was down from 107 units to 83 (I had been checking regularly watching the inventory change). Now, as I post an update (about 24 hours since my OP), the inventory is back up to 90.

Costco Inventory Update June 28, 2013
This morning the Costco on-line inventory had been reduced from my last post of 90 quantity down to 11 (the sales have been steady). I just checked and the on-line inventory is back up to 110 quantity for the Panasonic 65" 1080p Plasma TV TC-65PS64, item # 865640. Base price is still at $1299.99.+ $99.99 shipping.
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I picked up a 65"S64 at the Lodi Costco. It was a bit of a drive from walnut creek but it wad worth it. Fantastic th for the price
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I have had the 65PS64 for a month now. I have not noticed any "buzzing" as reported by other people. It is performing better than I had expected, although I have not been able to watch it very often.
I am going to get some "down time" for the holiday and will be able to get a better review then.
If anyone is considering the TV I believe it will deliver a great experience and for the cost it is not a great risk.
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