I Just purchased the 844 from a Sharp authorized reseller called Walts (www.walts.com
) for 3899.00 w/ one free pair of AN3DG30 glasses and free curbside shipping.
Update: I have received the TV, and all seems well with it.
Wife and I have been in the market for a new primary TV for about a year. I have struggled to make a decision on brand/size/model, so it has taken a while to get to the point of buying one. Actually wife basically said buy one now or she was going to be pretty, uhm, upset about the situation.
So after we looked around at the various TVs, she decided the 80" TV was what we wanted and who was I to say she was wrong. Of course I then got stuck on the differences between the 844, 632 and the 2013's 650. Neither of us are interested in 3D, and the PQ between the 844 and 632 seem pretty close to each other. The 650 is still a bit of an unknown. It's edge lit, which should in theory should result in a worse picture. But who knows, maybe the tech has advanced? The 650's computer specs are definitely better. But is that a big deal?
So I went around and around for about the last month with these questions. As the 2013 Sharp's have started to hit the shelves, it seems screen uniformity or lack there of is an issue. So that started make me lean toward the 844 or 632. After talking to the wife about it, she made the decision that if I could get the 844 for a price I was happy with, then that is the TV we would get.
Of course I wanted to buy whichever TV from an authorized reseller. Needless to say the best pricing on these TVs are from vendors that appear to not be authorized resellers (abesofmaine, buysquad, etc), at least according Sharp. Authorized resellers Best Buy and Fry's have recently advertised the 844 for around $3700.
Both Fry's and Best Buy are local to me, so I would have to pay sales tax on a TV I purchased from either of them, and that put the real price at around 4000. The other problem was that neither of my local branches of these two chains had any 844's left in stock.
Watls online site has a "price match" inquiry feature. So I used Fry's 3699 current ad price for a price match inquiry. Walts responded with an email stating the best price they could do was 3899 with free shipping. That is cheaper than the real price I would be able to get at Fry's even if they had the tv, and from searching the net, is the best price I could find from a confirmed authorized reseller. The email gave me a sales rep to call to purchase. So I decided to call and see if I could talk my way into a price match with Fry's. Since I kind of already committed, in my head at least, to buying the TV from Walts unless the sales rep pissed me off or something, I knew I did not have any real negotiating power. While talking with the sales rep, he would not move off the 3899 price. But I did get him to throw in one 3D eyeglasses. Whoohoo! Master negotiator ... LOL!
The tv should ship some time tomorrow, and be delivered I would guess in a day or two, as we live in a neighboring State. Hopefully I made the correct decision....
Update: I ordered the TV on 4/28 and it was delivered to my home on 5/03. I did have to send a couple of emails to the Walt's sales rep before he forwarded me the tracking information. But he was responsive to each of my emails. I did not wait for the freight/trucking company to call me, and initiated contact. I am happy I did, as the initial carrier was not the delivering carrier, and the TV had been on the delivering carriers dock for a day plus. But once I finally got a hold of the right person, setting up delivery to my home was no issue. I will say, everyone I talked to from the freight companies (I talked four people total from two different freight companies) was very polite and helpful to the extent they could be. (Sidenote: I worked in logistics for 11 years. If you are polite and patient, you will eventually get to the person you need to talk to. Don't go flying off the handle on someone that doesn't have all the info that you expect. That won't get you very far.)
The TV is now up and running. There are no visual issues with the picture uniformity that I can tell. My initial impression of the TV is very positive so far. Now I just need to get a pro to calibrate it, to get the most out of it.
Regards.Edited by ra302 - 5/4/13 at 8:15am