34whd5 for $1700 delivered
Ubid is selling a Sampo 34whd5 for $1432 plus $265 shipping to anywhere in the continental US. Go to www.ubid.com
and search for 34whd5.
This is evidently a liquidation of a Costco special buy (according to Sampo America). The set is black, not the gray of a standard set and has a second S video input in the back and the upgraded remote with direct input selection rather than cycling thru the inputs.
They have been selling them for over a month. A note of caution, however. I received mine and I could not get any video (could get sound). It is not clear whether it was damaged in shipping or is a defective set (no obvious shipping damage to carton). Sampo America is to pick it up and fix it. I have asked them also to check the geometery, convergence and calibration on the set when they get it back. Ubid has disclaimed responsibility for sending me a non-working set- they say it is Sampo America's responsibility. Assuming the set is fixed (or replaced), it is an inconvenience (including delay in not having the set for 2-3 weeks total) but at least I should get back a set that has been calibrated (if not to ISF standards).
As the set is not working, I cannot speak of the picture quality. I know that Vic Y also got his set from Ubid and his works and he is very pleased with it.
- Phil Klein