Originally Posted by raistline
I would not personally pick up a floor model. It has must likely already been run at max brightness longer in hours than you would run it in 3-4 years.
It all depends on doing a calculated risk assessment of a display model vs. new in box. I've purchased plenty of open box/display model electronics and have never had an issue. If the decision comes down to I have limited financial resources and I want the best quality I can get, an open box item sometimes makes sense.
I'm not sure how you calculated your 3-4 year equivalent of the set running? Display models are running and average of 11 hours a day for 6-8 weeks in most stores. In my home we are watching the TV an average of 5 hours a day. So the average display models is closer to a 4 month run rate. I'm in the restaurant business where we use digital LCD menu boards and they have run for years at 18 hours a day, max brightness, with no issues.
We just replaced a 7 year old Samsung 50" DLP which still looked fantastic displaying HD Blu-ray. My wife at first was upset when I wanted to replace a perfectly good TV with the new 55" 7000 (she has since changed her mind after seeing Leonardo DiCaprio making love to Cameron Diaz in 1080p on the 7000).
I got a fantastic deal on the 55" 7000, which was a display model at Costco. There is not a scratch or blemish on it, the display is flawless, it comes with a 90 day return policy, a 2 year warranty (double the Samsung warranty). As for taking it out of the box, that experience is over in minutes and the box is in the trash.
So if you are careful, do your homework, inspect the item, and get the full warranty or better, nothing wrong with open box items. Considering many of us replace our electronics more often than the average consumer, an open box deal makes more sense.