Hey everyone, I just wanted to share my experience to give those out there looking for a deal some more hope.
I live in Orange County. I tried and got shot down by all the BBs in my area, like 6-7. Out of desperation I tried some that were 60miles away and also asked a person on the forums who succeeded in their PM which BB they got theirs at (Thanks!). That BB turned me down too, but the Geek Squad person who got back to me was really helpful. He explained to me that they tried to place an order through BuyTVnow.com and that, in short, the website is shady and so the manager wouldn't honor that price ($2599) but then he offered me an open box for $2399. I went and checked it out and it looked pretty good, it looked like someone just took it home, mounted it and decided they didn't like the look because almost everything was in its original sealed package, including the remote. Tried to talk them down a bit more but they wouldn't have it and I didn't have much leverage anyways, the lowest I got another BB to go was $2899, so I bought it! Now I just got to haul it home, check the service menu to see how long the TV has been used and pray that it is in as good of a condition as I thought! I got until January 21st to scrutinize it or return it for a full refund.
Here's what I learned
1. If you are really polite and patient with them, some employees will fight for you. When I went to look at it, the guy I originally contacted had gone home but his fellow employee told me that he tried to make my case to the manager and got shot down.
2. The deal is really YMMV. I'm guessing that each store only has 1 manager and he approved the PM for 1 person but not for me, they don't seem to follow a set formula for PM.
I'm pretty giddy right now. Let's just hope there's no serious flaws!!!