The pricing is ridiculous on some of these internet resellers, no one comes close and claim it's because these places are shady, work you over and won't ship your TV if you don't buy the extras they upsell.
In this experiment I'm going to document the process of ordering a Samsung PN64F8500.
Best Buy wouldn't touch East Coast or Abe's. "We don't pricematch them. We have a list." They didn't seem interested in my business. So $3399.98. On sale! After tax I'm looking at ~$3600 delivered.
Amazon won't pricematch anyone not on their list, and they all happen to have the same price. So $3,397.99 delivered.
East Coast's price this weekend is $2615. I figure after the "insurance" fine print they throw at you or upgraded express white glove I'm looking to end up around $2700 delivered. These were the only concessions I would agree to, nothing else- to see if it is indeed possible to just buy the TV itself for this price.
I submitted the order at 10:23am on 6/14 and my phone rang the same minute.
As expected delivery upgrade is pushed, I decline and get him to drop it to $99 (with free "$65" HDMI cable woo...
). Ask for a total, It's now at $2738 delivered. I ask where the other $39 came from and he said 1% insurance has to be added on top. I should have pushed back here but didn't since I was expecting it (apologies, my fault). Doing the math it's actually 1.5% added. When I get an email confirmation showing the number and any breakdown I'll call and see what they say about it.
Wall mount offered. Nope, already have a stand- I'm good. Surprisingly he didn't push back at all and moved right along.
He offered extended warranty, $199 for 3 years. I declined. "Hey look, I'm a manager so I can offer you the 3-year warranty for $149". Decline. "$139..." Decline. He gave up reluctantly. Now, he did claim it was a Mack warranty when I asked, and for that price I may have done OK going with that. But it doesn't say much of anything on the website, and I'm not going to buy a warranty with a word of mouth claim. Besides, for the sake of the experiment, I must decline and see what happens.
And that was it, he gave me the total again, have a nice day yadda yadda, the end. Hard upsells yes, but quick and painless. Here is a screenshot of the call log. 4 minutes.
But, as you know, that's the easy part. Let's see what happens from here. The claim was 2-3 days to ship, delivery takes a week. I'll keep you posted.
Edit: Adding screenshot of order status: