Apparently with these, we don't need to worry about the panel lottery as much as we do about the shipping company lottery.
The outer box looked pristine when the delivery was taken. I was not able to inspect it while the driver was there.
I just picked up one of these from BB last week. It is setup in a sports bar environment, I only got to play around with it under normal viewing conditions for a day or two, but I don't think you will find a better 55" for under $900.