We were worried just like you with buying a DLP online. I bought in November and the price is about the same. I dont know what my build date was, but the TV is awesome. The best 2k I have ever spent. I have posted a slight flaw I had with the TV, (small 2 inch shadow at the top), but Samsung came out and fixed within a week. IMO, this is still in the top 5 DLP TV's out there right now, if not the top 2. Buy the TV, you wont be sorry. BTW, we bought from Amazon, the only problem I had with this(even thought it was free shipping), they used some cheese dick shipping company that I had never heard of before. It got to Jacksonville within 3 days from ordering it, but because the company was so small, they said that they wouldnt deliver it to my side of town for another week. Anyways, me and a buddy went to the airport that night and brought it home.