Originally Posted by NJPapi1977
I have come across 2 stores that have this 50 inch set open box for about $1000
Would it be a good investment?
I wonder how I would be able to tell the amount of hours it has already at the store
You have to get into the service menu which I doubt they would allow in the store. I'm a new owner of a display model 54vt25 which I bought for about the same price (strangely, the 50" was only $100 cheaper). It was in BB Magnolia and was likely there for a year on display so it's well broken in. Got it home and found that it has 4000 hours on it! No buzzing, deep blacks (hey, if they have not faded yet, I doubt they will!), full one year warranty. I figure if something was going to go wrong with this set, it would have done so already. Heck, the panel is rated for 100,000 hours until half brightness. So, I dont' know about an investment but I would not hesitate to buy it as long as you can return it if there is an issue.
My question to other users is if it might make sense to pick up the extended 4YR Panasonic warranty. This warranty is almost half what I paid for the TV but it it seems a better deal as far as coverage compared to Best Buy's Black Tie warranty since BB only give you a replacement valued up to what you initially pay.