Just following up on my own situation with a dead Panasonic TH-42PZ77U with the 7-blink problem.
I called TV Repair AGAIN (the "only" warranty service shop on this island), and had this exchange,
Me: Hey Mark. Is my TV repaired yet?TV Repair: Nope! But we're making progress!
Me: What does that mean?TV Repair: Panasonic is starting to pay their bills.
Me: Oh. OK. So, where are we with my TV? Have you ordered the parts and just waiting for the parts?TV Repair: No. I'm not doing any work on Panasonic TV's until Panasonic pays their bills.
Me: Oh. So the parts haven't been ordered, and you'll order them and start work on my TV after Panasonic pays their bills?TV Repair: Yep. I'm not working on anyone's TV until Panasonic pays me what they owe. But we're making progress! The guy I spoke with last week at Panasonic seems to really understand.
WTF?!?!?!? He hasn't even ordered the part, and it's been sitting in his house/repairshop for 2 months?! Meanwhile, the warranty clock is ticking. I don't see how him not getting paid by Panasonic is my problem. That's a problem he has with Panasonic.
Anyway, I was told that Hatada's TV in Hilo (2 hours away) is no longer in business to do warranty repairs. I decided to call them to find out. Yep, they're still in biz, and yep, they still do warranty service work on Panasonics. I told him what I had. He said get the TV back from the other guy and bring it by next week but call ahead, because he likes to go fishing alot. In fact, he's closing his shop tomorrow because he's going fishing.
I figure I've got nothing to lose. Can't be any worse that what I'm dealing with now. Of course, I'll end up blowing about $100 in gas driving my truck 200+ miles, 2x times.
Such is life in the outer-islands of Hawaii.
Originally Posted by scottkeen
I dropped my Panasonic 42" plasma with the 7-blinks off with the TV repairman about 1 month ago. I haven't seen it since. I should have known better when he said, "meet me at the water supply parking lot, bring the TV" but then again, he's the only TV repairman on this island. I called him a week ago and he said "we're making progress" and I asked what that meant and he said, "Panasonic is starting to pay my back bills, they owe me". I asked if my TV was repaired, he said, "they sent parts, but they were the wrong ones. But we are making progress."
I still don't know what that means.
I searched Google for this tech's phone number, and it came up with 2 listings on craigslist here in Hawaii, one titled "Selling my Jeep $14,900 OBO" and the other titled, "WTB: 30-40' Sailboat, will trade Jeep". That last one was intriguing, so I read it and it describes that he's planning to sell his stuff and leave the island and cruise around Tahiti.
I'm not kidding.
I'm considering I may never see my 42" plasma again, at least not repaired by the island TV repairman turned Jimmy Buffett (referred to me by Panasonic) by the time he sells his Jeep and buys his sailboat. Oh well. I bought a Sony LCD last week.
Life in the outer-islands of Hawaii. What can I say.