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Considering buying a no-name, inexpensive 55" (Seiki SC-552GS) w/ warranty. Bad idea?

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So I've been in the market for a new TV, doing the usual research. My living room is rather bright so I don't think plasma is my best choice. Would like to keep price under $1000, of course less is even better. I was thinking of getting a well-featured 42", such as the LG 47LK520, which is under $600 on Amazon. However I found the Seiki SC-552GS on Amazon (can't post link but I'm sure you can find it) for $770. I can get a 4 year Square Trade warranty for an additional $120, making the cost a bit under 900 bucks. That way if there are some cheap parts in there I can have them replaced.

The only review on Amazon for this model is a 5 star, however it's short and definitely not from an expert, so I don't put any weight on it. There's another Seiki 55" on Amazon, the LC55TD5, which I assume is an older version of this one. It is no longer sold, (URL removed), and has generally good reviews: one 5-star, two 4-star, one 3-star and one 1-star. However the 1-star review was someone who simply couldn't get their cable to work and ended up getting another TV; consensus in the comments seemed to be the person wasn't very knowledgeable on setting up the TV or perhaps had a bad unit.

Walmart's review section has a 32" Seiki that has ~4.25 stars out of 5, over 61 reviews (URL removed, if you Google Seiki reviews it should be up there). Walmart isn't my first choice by any means for electronics reviews, but it's at least a little reassuring.

Seiki has been discussed on AVS before, in particular at (URL removed, thread # 1306235), the main issue seemed to be difficulties getting the remote to work with Direct TV, which I do not have and could easily live with using 2 remotes (or, in the future, buying a nicer universal).

So it all boils down to this: I've never heard of the brand, and there are limited reviews of the brand online and hardly any of the actual model. However, the price is awesome, even with a 4 year warranty which is further reassuring. And, the TV is part of Amazon's TV Guarantee, which includes free shipping and free returns, including return shipping, within a 30 days window, if the display ends up having some unforseen flaw. (I saw another thread on AVS where there was a Seiki TV listed as being 1080p, but was user-reported to be 720p, and some people had to return the TV. There were also reports that it WAS indeed 1080p though; regardless I would be able to return it and not be out any money if something similar happened to me).

I want to pull the trigger but would like some others' advice first, just to reassure myself, or talk myself out of it and into a possibly better TV. Thanks in advance.

Edit: Also wanted to add, in case anyone was going to recommend a different unit, I'm not necessarily looking for 3D; I'm still in the camp that it's kind of a gimmick. The fact that this model has 3D is a coincidence. I also don't care if it has wifi or internet capabilities; I have a HTPC that will take care of all my internet-related needs. Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by mynameismolotov View Post

So I've been in the market for a new TV, doing the usual research. My living room is rather bright so I don't think plasma is my best choice. Would like to keep price under $1000, of course less is even better. I was thinking of getting a well-featured 42", such as the LG 47LK520, which is under $600 on Amazon. However I found the Seiki SC-552GS on Amazon (can't post link but I'm sure you can find it) for $770. I can get a 4 year Square Trade warranty for an additional $120, making the cost a bit under 900 bucks. That way if there are some cheap parts in there I can have them replaced.

The only review on Amazon for this model is a 5 star, however it's short and definitely not from an expert, so I don't put any weight on it. There's another Seiki 55" on Amazon, the LC55TD5, which I assume is an older version of this one. It is no longer sold, (URL removed), and has generally good reviews: one 5-star, two 4-star, one 3-star and one 1-star. However the 1-star review was someone who simply couldn't get their cable to work and ended up getting another TV; consensus in the comments seemed to be the person wasn't very knowledgeable on setting up the TV or perhaps had a bad unit.

Walmart's review section has a 32" Seiki that has ~4.25 stars out of 5, over 61 reviews (URL removed, if you Google Seiki reviews it should be up there). Walmart isn't my first choice by any means for electronics reviews, but it's at least a little reassuring.

Seiki has been discussed on AVS before, in particular at (URL removed, thread # 1306235), the main issue seemed to be difficulties getting the remote to work with Direct TV, which I do not have and could easily live with using 2 remotes (or, in the future, buying a nicer universal).

So it all boils down to this: I've never heard of the brand, and there are limited reviews of the brand online and hardly any of the actual model. However, the price is awesome, even with a 4 year warranty which is further reassuring. And, the TV is part of Amazon's TV Guarantee, which includes free shipping and free returns, including return shipping, within a 30 days window, if the display ends up having some unforseen flaw. (I saw another thread on AVS where there was a Seiki TV listed as being 1080p, but was user-reported to be 720p, and some people had to return the TV. There were also reports that it WAS indeed 1080p though; regardless I would be able to return it and not be out any money if something similar happened to me).

I want to pull the trigger but would like some others' advice first, just to reassure myself, or talk myself out of it and into a possibly better TV. Thanks in advance.

Just a heads up if your interested in this Seiki you might want to check out Sears. They have it advertised for almost $200 less then the price you mentioned.

-Guru
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Just a heads up if your interested in this Seiki you might want to check out Sears. They have it advertised for almost $200 less then the price you mentioned.

-Guru

Haven't made a big purchase at Sears before, would I get the same or similar 30 day window for free returns if performance isn't up to spec?
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Sears return policy is 30 days with a 15% restocking fee unless the set is defective or the box hasn't been openned.
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