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Currently HHG has minimal stock in their stores and regional warehouse. I don't know if they are expecting another shipment, as I believe the current prices are on clearance. But you will have to negotiate with the sales associate or manager in order to get a better deal.

As I said earlier, inventory was light due to the increased demand following the Panasonic exit. This should be recovering now though.

One other possibility is that HHG has decided not to sell it anymore. What kind of prices are they showing? Does it actually say clearance on the tag?

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Sears is selling the 60" for $1999. You have to add to cart. It won't show the price until checkout. Additionally I used shopathome.com to get 10% cashback at sears.com. That's easy to sign up for, but this will be my first time using it so I'm crossing my fingers for that additional $200. Delivery is free unless you need weekend delivery or want more than a box dropoff.

If they keep making them it will probably get cheaper, but I've watched stock dwindle all over so I'm jumping now. This is the best price I've seen on the TV.

edit - I currently can't get Sears.com to show that price again. It shows up as $3199 instead of hiding the price until checkout. If you have issues getting it for $1999 just try later. I also verified this price in store today, and they said the sale was good till 5/31.
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Sears is selling the 60" for $1999. You have to add to cart. It won't show the price until checkout. Additionally I used shopathome.com to get 10% cashback at sears.com. That's easy to sign up for, but this will be my first time using it so I'm crossing my fingers for that additional $200. Delivery is free unless you need weekend delivery or want more than a box dropoff.

If they keep making them it will probably get cheaper, but I've watched stock dwindle all over so I'm jumping now. This is the best price I've seen on the TV.

edit - I currently can't get Sears.com to show that price again. It shows up as $3199 instead of hiding the price until checkout. If you have issues getting it for $1999 just try later. I also verified this price in store today, and they said the sale was good till 5/31.

My guess would be that Sears is getting out of them then, and Samsung probably slapped their wrist for showing their clearance price online. That is not a national sale price.

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It's working again right now. Pretty sure it's national. I bought one in LA and also checked with my parents' east coast address when trying to determine stock levels.
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If you have a Discover card, you apparently can get 15% cashback (10% and 5% separately) at Sears through the shopdiscover portal. You can also apply it to the 64", which is currently 3099.99 at Sears.
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I purchased the 60" F8500 at Sears.com for $1999.99 today using the shopathome.com portal for 10 percent cashback, plus used the Shop Your Way Max trial, which gave me $110 in points for a future purchase at Sears. Total: $1690 plus $120 sales tax (Va).

This should be available through Memorial Day wherever the set is in stock locally.
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I purchased the 60" F8500 at Sears.com for $1999.99 today using the shopathome.com portal for 10 percent cashback, plus used the Shop Your Way Max trial, which gave me $110 in points for a future purchase at Sears. Total: $1690 plus $120 sales tax (Va).

This should be available through Memorial Day wherever the set is in stock locally.

Glad you got in on it. I'm actually doing the Shop Your Way Max trial, but it didn't seem to give me any extra points. I only got about $20 worth. Was there anything else I was supposed to do? Or do they show up later somehow?
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It's working again right now. Pretty sure it's national. I bought one in LA and also checked with my parents' east coast address when trying to determine stock levels.

When I say national, I mean available nationally to all dealers. In this case Sears is the only one offering this.

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Glad you got in on it. I'm actually doing the Shop Your Way Max trial, but it didn't seem to give me any extra points. I only got about $20 worth. Was there anything else I was supposed to do? Or do they show up later somehow?

The Sears site is a little wonky. I think I got lucky. The first few times I drilled down to Samsung plasmas, the 60-inch only gave me $20 worth. When I made my decision to purchase, I started the process over and again drilled down to Samsung plasmas. This time there was one of those 100,000 point medallions over it and it did indeed give me the points. (There is also a Shop My Way coupon that gave me 10,000 more points.) I just went to Sears again to see if it still shows 100,000 points, and the medallion wasn't there. However, I opened up the 60F8500 and the Shop My Way banner now says I would earn 89,600 points on the purchase. As I said, it's wonky. My browser is Firefox, if that makes a difference.
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I just picked up the PN60F8500 from hhgregg. I had them price match Sears 1999.99 and I got 5% off for applying for their credit card. Total with tax $2032.99. I would have bought from Sears but I didn't want to wait at least 2 weeks for delivery. I know there are better deals online at those NY camera stores but I couldn't afford to take the risk. I am happy with my purchase. smile.gif
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Hey all - Just jumped on the Sears deal and I wanted to thank those who post here. Needless to say, I'm a little nervous buying a TV from SEARS, but I'm sure it will be fine.
I can't believe I'm moving up from a 720p world!!
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I actually bought my current 57-inch DLP from Sears 7 or 8 years ago. They delivered it on schedule and all was fine. I bought an extended warranty elsewhere, which more than paid for itself when I had the white dot problem common with some of the DLPs. I might look to get the Square Trade extended warranty at Costco for the 60F8500.
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I went to HH Gregg looking for the 60" f8500, they checked local listings and told me sears had it for $1,999 and they would price match, but they only had the demo left. So I headed to sears and was told that I would have to order it, but I could get it at $1,999. I tried to go through this route but the website said that price was not available in my area and jumped back to $3100. Next stop was to Best Buy where they price matched the $1,999 from sears (after several managers) and with the best buy card I got 10% back. So I got it for $1,935 said and done with free delivery. Not as great at some of you others are posting, but I am happy to grab one before they are gone. Especially since the ex-wife got the 55" VT30 in the divorce.
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I actually bought my current 57-inch DLP from Sears 7 or 8 years ago. They delivered it on schedule and all was fine. I bought an extended warranty elsewhere, which more than paid for itself when I had the white dot problem common with some of the DLPs. I might look to get the Square Trade extended warranty at Costco for the 60F8500.

That's exactly what I plan to do ... and then cancel my Costco membership. I have spinal stenosis which makes walking, at length, very painful ;-(
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That's exactly what I plan to do ... and then cancel my Costco membership. I have spinal stenosis which makes walking, at length, very painful ;-(

I don't even have a Costco membership and was able to buy it online. They do charge a surcharge for non costco members but it was less than the annual membership fee.

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A little warning to everyone new to the f8500. Don't go into the menu and play around with your new tv until you break it in. I got serious image retention after what seemed like 10-15 min. The top right corner has the word TV burned into it from the menus. To say I'm pissed at myself would be a understatement . I hooked up my laptop and ran a pixel flip program all night while I tried to sleep and it help but I know it is there. I'm going to run it again tonight and then run the break in dvd and pray I didn't ruin my new tv.
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Thanks for the warning, Stone. I'll be watchful for any static area during the early period.
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Thanks for the warning, Stone. I'll be watchful for any static area during the early period.

Yeah, it may also be useful to turn down the brightness for the initial break-in as well, since this TV is known to be exceptionally bright for a plasma.
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Thanks for the heads up... Stone... I've made myself a reminder. Appreciated.
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Yeah, it may also be useful to turn down the brightness for the initial break-in as well, since this TV is known to be exceptionally bright for a plasma.

Thanks, I'll do that. I'll also zoom to eliminate black bars during the break-in.
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I purchased the 60" F8500 at Sears.com for $1999.99 today using the shopathome.com portal for 10 percent cashback, plus used the Shop Your Way Max trial, which gave me $110 in points for a future purchase at Sears. Total: $1690 plus $120 sales tax (Va).

This should be available through Memorial Day wherever the set is in stock locally.

Not in stock or for delivery on west coast.
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Not in stock or for delivery on west coast.

What do you mean, I successfully placed an order Sunday and I live in Oregon. Granted, the site IS wonky a complained a couple of times about delivery to my zip.
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What do you mean, I successfully placed an order Sunday and I live in Oregon. Granted, the site IS wonky a complained a couple of times about delivery to my zip.

I was about to enter in my credit card information on mine when all of a sudden got the error, then could not get as far as I did before. I think the stock levels were low, or are low now; which would explain why you had luck and me and a few others did not.
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I was about to enter in my credit card information on mine when all of a sudden got the error, then could not get as far as I did before. I think the stock levels were low, or are low now; which would explain why you had luck and me and a few others did not.

The fatalist in me keeps expecting to get an email from Sears saying "We're sorry, but..."

On another note, I'm curious about how long the average break-in period lasts, i.e. how long should I use the TV at reduced brightness, avoid menus and letterbox bars?
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The fatalist in me keeps expecting to get an email from Sears saying "We're sorry, but..."

I am dreading this as well. The website went back and forth all weekend between having the price right/wrong and if it would let you order or not. It might have been smarter to price match, but i wanted that additional 10% shopathome discount.
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I received a call from Sears the day after ordering asking me to confirm that I ordered the TV. They mentioned the delivery date, so I think I'm good to go.
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I received a call from Sears the day after ordering asking me to confirm that I ordered the TV. They mentioned the delivery date, so I think I'm good to go.
Glad to hear it! I keep waiting to hear something similar from Best Buy, but according to my tracking I am looking at a tomorrow delivery. Much faster than expected.
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The fatalist in me keeps expecting to get an email from Sears saying "We're sorry, but..."

On another note, I'm curious about how long the average break-in period lasts, i.e. how long should I use the TV at reduced brightness, avoid menus and letterbox bars?

I hear break in period 150 -200 hours. but the main issues i have read are letter boxed content and static images. So it depends on what your content is. I also hear the zoom function was removed from the TV, so that may be needed from the source instead.
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Yay! My image retention has gone away. I ran the break in dvd for about 8 hours and then thought this is just a waste of time, I'll just break it in by watching 16:9 movies. The break in dvd looks like it has faint lines on some of the slides which scared me from using it. Also, my blu-ray player would not repeat properly. It would stop after a few hours and show the players option screen.
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Picked up a 51" Sammie F5300 to replace our 42 Panasonic 77U series and am debating on returning it. The issue is reflections. The F5300 series has a really great picture and is a steal at $599 (at BB), BUT our Panasonic totally spoiled us. The "one year only" anti glare screen on the 77 series gave us what we liked most about a Plasma (fast motion and reallistic images) with all the glare and reflection characteristics of a matte screen. Did it sacrifice deep blacks - yep. Did we care - nope. So now, everything has a glossy screen (some LCDs appear to be semi-glossy) and the "anti-reflective" coatings attempt to "tone it down". So, our choices appear to be:

1. Go back to our 7 year old Panny
2. Upgrade to the F8500...still not as glare free as the Panny, but better than the "mirror ball" F5300
3. Go back to our Panny and wait for Moth Eye or OLED (both?) - effectively throwing the towel in on Plasma as they will likely be gone in a year.

The challenge I have with #2 is the dang price delta...$600 for the F5300 vs. $1799 for the F8500...ouch!!! Maybe option 4 is I just wait it out over the next few months to see if everyone starts slowly marking them down as Plasmas disappear (i.e the "get lucky at Conns / TD" path). Dang first world problems!
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