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Encompass, (a merger between Vance-Baldwin and Tritronics) is a Manufacturer's Authorized Parts Distributor, not just someone selling parts. Some others are Fox International, Joseph Electronics, Fulton, (there are more but these jump to mind). These are the people that Warranty Servicers have to order parts from if they can't or don't want to order direct from the Factory. Some companies allow their Servicers to order direct but many protect the old parts network, (Factory -> Distributor -> Servicer) so they don't have to deal with all of the requirements from 50 different States.
These are as close to "New" as you are going to get. (The Factory often remanufactures boards themselves)
I checked one of the prices, (I do have an account with them) and two things pop out. One, your price included a $100 core charge which he can get credited and you can't. Two, he quoted you basically the net price without shipping/handling, core, or any profit markup. That was either a mistake, or they had some sitting around they desperately wanted to get rid of at cost, or they had some used ones on hand from salvaged TVs that they would use, knowing they might have get a new one later if they failed. The part is currently out of stock (a non-stocked item) and is a non-returnable special order.
It might not even be available, but they won't know until they actually order it from the Factory. They no longer update the status of non-stocked items on a regular basis like Tritronics did. Tritronics had the best searchable database in the business but it got lost in the merger.
There is also a chance that only one or two of the boards are bad as well as a possibility that the power supply board is bad too, but that won't show up until the others are replaced. Because of the high current draw and the likelihood of chain reaction failures, the Factories often suggest changing all three of those boards because missing a bad one would take out the other replaced boards instantly.
Since brand new 50" Plasma TVs start at about $500, I would suggest doing research on a replacement TV before authorizing a major repair on an older machine with a very limited future lifespan.
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