Dying pixels: yes.
Non-linear wear causing what looks like the IR of plasma-yore, no, that seems to be fixable with color slides. The goal is to push the wear into the stable linear-flatish region.
If you do really mean "any info" on OLED wear characteristics, then you weren't looking very hard, if at all. Blue wear is a known problem in this science. And one of the claims to fame on the Kodak/LG stacked OLED approach is precisely centered on the uneven wear characteristics between the colors.
If you don't mean that "any info" comment and mean to be strictly regarding my comments on early non-linear wear issues and potential resolutions, I should have said that the results were empirical in nature, not definitive, but note the following:
Very recently the first hand reports from two people running color slides to defeat the IR letterboxes that showed up very quickly on the LG 55EA9800 are here: post #1120. Note, there are very few of these TVs purchased, so this information is only just rolling in per model.
The IR of a few OLED models have been speculated to be initial nonlinear wear as causes. Cnet refers to treating OLEDs as you would plasmas here. Further, the initial "break in" period of plasmas has been attributed to initial non-linear wear. This is the only reason that early onset of color slides work with plasmas and is a very common suggestion even from manufacturers. It's hardly a bad speculation to suggest that it works to remove the IR experienced by ThePlague and Vinnie (in that thread I posted) for the same reason. Those retentions occurred very quickly within the first few days of operation.
Also note that as with plasma, this is distinct from burn in, which also seems to affect OLEDs, and is non-fixable.
And a final note: While we don't know with OLEDs, plasmas also seem to suffer an "fixable" IR later in life as well, and while I don't fully understand the reasons, I've read it had to do a static charge buildup in the plasma cell, rendering any voltage applied to it less effective. This can be nullified by pixel flipping, and I'm guessing it's a form of degaussing at that point. There is currently no evidence yet that later-in-life IR exists for OLED, and I'm worried that anything that might happen later in life might always actually be permanent burn in.
Keep in mind people, for the most part there are 3 distinct ways of buying through amazon.com. And they are not created equal.
And no, a good BBB rating no longer ensures anything: Bad companies will settle with screwed over people who complain to the BBB so long as they retract the complaint.
Apr 29, 2012 - When researching this article the name Abe's of Maine kept popping up, so we refer to them as the poster child bad online dealers.
As always, double check before you buy and don't take my (or anyone else's) word for it.
And if I've said it 20 times by now here I wouldn't be amazed: READ THE RETURN POLICY. There are some really really bad characters out there.
Again, verify everything (I'm no amazon rep), but this is my experience with the 3 most common ways of buying from amazon.com:
1. Directly from Amazon as the seller: I've found this to be totally safe, and it comes from Amazon itself, they're the actual vendor, and it comes from their warehouses. The return policy is almost always no questions asked. Often listed as prime, but doesn't need to be.
2. From a Marketplace Seller but listed as "Fulfilled by Amazon". An Amazon rep told me that this is "as safe" as buying from #1 above....full Amazon return policy, etc. It's still "through the vendor" but actually shipped from (and returned to if needed) an amazon site. Note: Amazon Warehouse deals are also in this category.
3. From a Marketplace Seller (but not FBA). You absolutely have to read through the return policy here. I would never purchase a TV from someone in this category but only because I've seen the most horribly written return policies and some of them will say obfuscating crap like "contact vendor for more information". There are good ones for this, but frankly I'm sick to death of reading the sob stories: I don't blame the victims; I'm just so sick of it happening over and over. That said there are some trusted vendors in this category as well, but for TVs? Be careful.
If that vendor was not #1 or #2 above, the buyer might be in for a struggle in returning it.