Thanks everyone for your input, suggestions and help. After it was all said and done, I ended up going with the TV from HHGregg after all. Like everyone said, I too prefer new over refurbished or open box most of the time. In my situation, I think it was best to go this route. My main reason for even going with this tv was ultimately because I was getting the best bang for my buck and this is my transition tv until next year. I've resold many tv's on Craigslist and this will be a pretty easy sale due to the price I paid, I should get close to breaking even.
As far as the refurb goes, I had them take the tv out of the box and I brought my ps3 to test out a letterbox blu-ray and Uncharted 3
Picture looked outstanding, I know this was not a customer return because the way the plastic was on the screen and around the tv, it was definitely the first time it had been taken off. Now the actual floor model they had, was plagued with issues. Mainly, the letterbox bars were not even close to being straight. They were perfectly straight on the refurb. They did a great job working with me and gave me plenty of time to test the tv before I finalized the deal.
Funny thing, one of the sales associates yesterday warned me not to buy it, mainly because he doesn't think the picture quality comes close to plasma or led. He's right to a certain extent but, with DLP technology, alot of it has to do with the source. When I went back to the store to test it out with my PS3, I brought in The Dark Knight and Uncharted 3. His jaw literally dropped when he saw The Dark Knight on blu ray. The one they have in the store looks like it has a cable feed going to it, and to be honest, I don't even think its HD. He apologized for everything bad he said about the DLP after seeing a blu-ray on it. So after verifying that I couldn't see any problems and it truly hasn't been used since being refurbished, I feel very comfortable with my purchase, especially with the great price they gave me, not to mention the three year warranty. Thanks again guys.
Btw, will my Samsung 3D glasses work with these from last year?