Originally Posted by SoSo
I believe turning the set on is the best check you can get. Forget about Flashlight, have a long extension cord ready
That's exactly what I did initially. As soon as I heard the buzzing coming from the set, I immediately turned off the set, looked for my flashlight and did the CSI thing when I discovered all the cracks. It looked licked crackled glass in a farmhouse window, shattered big-time!
Manufacture date was August 2008. The box was not damaged at all. It was NOT on a pallet, just strapped to the side rails of the "Air-Ride" delivery truck. The driver helped me bring it in, helped me place it on the stand on my table. Knowing he had other deliveries to do I signed the delivery sheet and told him I was all set so I wouldn't hold him up.
About 20 minutes later when I found my extension cord etc. I plugged it in and that's when I said all those choice words wishing I plugged it in before he left... Hopefully the next set will be right...
I also asked the merchant to pull a more recent build date from the warehouse before they ship to me. My set has been around and handled for close to 8 months before it got to me. There is a lot of handling/mishandling that can occur during that time frame. The build/manufacture dates are on a sticker that can be found on the outside of these boxes. Bummer!