just ordered a 63" 8000 series plasma from best buy.
i spent the morning driving from store to store to see what was going on with the current sales.
best buy sales guys were nice enough and the store was pretty empty. they had a nice sale price (which i cannot list due to thread rules if i understand correctly) for the bundle with the 5900 bluray player and dragons+glasses package.
next i went to 6th Ave Electronics. THE WORST electronics store i've been in to date. this was my second visit and both times i got a douche of a salesman. they didn't have the 8000, so the salesman wasted half an hour of my time trying to sell me an LG. then he moved over to a Panasonic. i told him i wanted the Samsung for 2d-to-3d conversion for gaming. he insisted the Panasonic had that feature. i insisted it did not. he looked so deperate it was kind of sad. "i really hope we get your business" was how he ended our conversation.
PC Richards has a better price on the same bundle as best buy (i think someone else already mentioned this). i was very close to buying from PC Richards, but i read online they are more likely to give problems with returns or servicing... don't know how true that is, but i got a bad vibe from the store and was in an argument with the sales guy last time i went in there.
I tried to get Best Buy to price match the PC Richards deal, but there were no online or flyer ads to refer too so i was unsuccessful
Also tried Electronics Expo, but their price posted on the tv was ridiculously high (even if it was a bundle) and there were few salesmen working - great way to stay in business to have 2 salesmen in the entire store during thanksgiving week, one of them unpacking boxes and looking disinterested in the customers.
As i mentioend, Best Buy was pretty empty and fairly quite. I did my best to listen for buzz from any of the plasmas but couldn't hear any. i'm very nervous about that. my ears are somewhat shot, so i don't think it'll be a problem for me.
If i understood the salesman correctly, i have until some time in January to return the tv with no return/restocking fee if i'm not satisfied. That alone was reason enough for me to go through Best Buy. I'm hoping it doesn't come to that though - i'm really looking forward to this tv..... next thursday can't come soon enough