Originally Posted by moman19
The new TH50px80u is apparently being offered by a few on-line vendors for around $1600 with a $200 rebate and zero shipping/tax. Almost sounds too good to be true. It would be a deal for a sum total of $1400. Does anyone have any experience with these east coast dealers? I'm willing to wait a few weeks for delivery if this is legit.
I can't find anything official about the rebate, but the guy on the phone swears the set will arrive with a "Manufacturer's rebate form for $200". This concerns me.
There was recently a $200 Panasonic rebate for installation services. Basically, it covered the cost of having a Panasonic installed in your home, up to $200. You had to send in a copy of an invoice with the rebate form. However, I believe this rebate only covered purchases up to January 31, 2008. I don't know of any more recent Panasonic $200 rebates. I would not purchase a TV based on a rebate form I had not seen. Tell the online retailer to scan a copy of the rebate form and email it to you before you make any purchaes.
And certainly, as Randy said, check Reseller ratings. Reseller ratings can be confusing. If you see a lot of very positive reviews (typically with similar sentence structure/syntax) and then a number of contrary negative reviews, I would be highly suspect. Sometimes these shady dealers try to boost their ratings with fake reviews.