Originally Posted by mchsa
Is there a way to tell what the build is at the store? Is it labeled on the outside of the box?
No. It's on a tag with the S/N on the rear left of the set at the bottom.
And it wouldn't matter because I don't think Best Buy keeps any in the store. They get shipped from warehouses...at least that's the case in NYC. I almost caved and bought one from Best Buy when they had what I thought was a good discount. Lucky for me, they didn't stock them and I wanted it that day. Plus I thought I could get it home myself on the subway (it wouldn't fit in a cab). That would have been a disaster. And I wound up paying a much lower price when I did buy and I bought it from an independent dealer (I hate buying anything from the chains.)
That's a very good price. I paid less than that (but without the 3D kit) and the price dropped a bit more after I bought, but since then, the price has gone up substantially.
My set had no crease and no banding. It does bloom, but it's only really noticeable on title sequences and that's a design flaw, not a manufacturing flaw in any case.
And unless Sony is going to surprise us later in the year, there's no new XBR for 2012, so unless you want to wait until 2013 (or go with a different brand), I'd grab it.