Well I went tonight and closed the deal at BB but I am thinking about going first thing in the morning to cancel. The set was a demo on the wall and cosmetically it looks great. Just a few nicks but basically brand new as far as looks. It is one of the November build dates and I think I saw banding in the middle. That wasn't a huge issue but that is still a huge concern in my eyes. I was there a long time and it honestly might have been the lights in BB but I noticed it. I got the price that was mentioned earlier but that's because they didn't have the stand. They also didn't have the remote. They gave me a Logitech remote for cost which was nice but honestly I would want the Elite one. They found both pairs of 3D glasses but they are really banged up (not a huge deal because I doubt I would use them much). The set had been up on the wall for almost a year. I did confirm that it was run 10 hours a day during that time and sometimes through the night! That wasn't a huge worry but I was shocked to hear that at times they don't shut everything down at night.
So the total ended up being about what Baron2 payed for his new one plus tax (geek squad 4 year warranty included). I guess I could have just gone with the 2 year sharp factory warranty that is included and saved a few hundred but I would be a bit scared doing that with it being open box. The more I think about it though, the more I might just go with the new one. When I added up the fact that the stand was missing (I might not wall mount it but I would be forced to with the BB one) and is hard to order (sharp had no stock when they called them) and the fact that I would need to buy a new elite remote, the deal became a bit less appealing. Plus the other guy is throwing in another 2 pairs (total of 4) of 3D glasses. Yes I would still be saving money from what I was offered but not that grand difference that I was thinking about. Probably a few hundred less than that. Plus I can add the costco square trade warranty for quite a bit less than BB's.
It isn't scheduled to be delivered until Tuesday so I assume as long as I get up there tomorrow, I should be good (I mean I have 15 days to return regardless but I don't want to put them out if I know for sure I am changing my mind). I definitely pushed hard when no stand and remote were included but they just took another 10% off for those things missing. The manager wouldn't even throw in the logitech remote for free which kind of annoyed me. I know for a fact the stand and remote are not cheap and not easy to find.
So I don't know what I am going to do yet but will think about it tonight. I have to let the dealer know by tomorrow regardless because he was going to drive up on Friday to deliver the set. Kind of bummed because I was having second thoughts as I was ordering it at BB but I guess I thought it was a good deal. At first I got really excited because I thought BB was taking 20% off of the clearance price. I might not be having second thoughts if that had happened.
Also, the dealer one is not a November build date
. I didn't know that until I got home tonight.