Originally Posted by moman19
Pricemad is definitely one of the offenders, but I've seen the PK suffix elsewhere. This is not pretty and is turning the pleasure of on-line shopping into a painful gauntlet. It's difficult to imagine that others would also choose to add the same nonsense suffix. But that seems to be what's happening.
Well pretty much everybody who's tagging the "PK" suffix onto the end of a consumer model number is most likely part of the same group of etailers, and are probably all owned by one company anyway. Look at the various sites that have the "PK" model and you'll see similarities, like the same accessories and general website layout.
I wonder if the "PK" designates gray market goods intended for another country. Gee, this stinks. I'm almost ready to just pay full list at the closest big box store and be done with it.
No the PK they add doesn't mean any sort of gray market plasma, they're just tacking on the PK suffix from the real Industrial models for whatever reason (P for Professional Series, and the K means black cabinet). It has no bearing on the consumer models though.
Since you're finding these scam sites it would seem that you're looking for the rock bottom lowest prices, so be advised that any place that has a price that sounds too good to be true probably is, and you should check the company's history on Resellerratings dot com, and also check the list of known fake or scammer websites there as well.
When the new models are released, there isn't much discounting going on and these scammers know it so they put up prices that are lower than anybody in order to suck you in. Be careful.