got a floor model 632 today delivered from Brandsmart in Florida. Got it for $2588 before tax with a 5-year replacement warranty included (Brandsmart services their own TVs), and free delivery and basic setup included as well. It was a weird sale though.
Over the past couple of months, I've been checking local stores like Best Buy, Jetson, and hhgregg to see if I could find a 844, 633, or 632 80-inch Sharp under 3-grand. I was hoping someone had a floor model they were willing to give a deal on. On Friday, July 5th, I went to Brandsmart in Palm Beach to see if they had any 2012 80-inch Sharps left. They had one 632 on display with a price of $2999 with a 3-year warranty. On the first "haggle", the salesman offered me the same price, but with a 5-year warranty. I told him I was getting the Sharp warranty and wanted a price closer to $2500. On the second "haggle, he left and came back, but said he couldn't lower the price. After browsing around for awhile, I decided to leave. On my way out, the salesman ran over to me to say he could lower to price to $2500 if I would get a 2-year warranty for $119. I haggled one more time, and he dropped the price of the 2-year warranty to $88, but wouldn't budge on the $2500. Since I had decided $2500 was what I was willing to pay for a 632 floor model, I said yes.
As the salesman was typing my information into his computer, another Brandsmart employee who had been listening to our conversation stopped over and introduced himself as the salesman's manager. The manager chimed in and said he would give me a better "deal" for the same price. Intrigued, I watched as the manager deleted out the price of $2588 and typed in $2179, added a 5-year warranty for $349, and added delivery & setup for $60. This ended up being $2588 as before except with a replacement 5-year warranty and delivery/basic setup included. I guess the manager and/or salesman had a sales quota on warranties or were just giving themselves more commission.
Delivery and setup went well and the Brandsmart delivery guys were polite and helpful. TV is in good condition considering it was a floor model. No discernible scratches on the screen, but there are minor scratches around the bezel that you can see up close, but not from seating distance. The TV was fairly dirty and took awhile to clean (especially the sticker goo around the bezel), but looked good afterward. I haven't had a chance to try out any custom settings like Suzook's yet, but I did turn off most if not all the post-processing settings that I could find and the picture looks spectacular already in my opinion. I have a Toshiba 62-inch 62HM84 DLP TV that I'm moving back to my game room (I posted about my 62HM84 a few years ago when I replaced the HDMI panel - http://www.avsforum.com/t/438276/the-toshiba-dlp-hm-hmx-owners-thread/8040#post_19406714
) so the 80-inch is quite the upgrade for me.
I'm getting a Salamander Oslo 245 media console delivered tomorrow from Sound Advice (http://www.salamanderdesigns.com/products/details/50f206e3-0683-f0d5-ddee-5125e22f19ab
) so I'm looking forward to finishing everything up.Edited by tahlyn - 7/24/13 at 9:54am