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post #1291 of 2673
I just bought this TV from amazon rather than doing the BB price match. I paid $3,150 but got $657.50 back in amazon credit. That works out to $2,492.50 for this TV if you can spend the credit (I'll be buying a TV stand, 4 sets of 3D glasses, and other stuff that I needed anyway). For me it saved me about $260 over the BB deal due to tax. I did a post on another website for the deal although that community didn't seem to think it was a good deal. I'll post it here just in case it would help anyone. I understand that this isn't for everyone due to the nature of amazon credit.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5692520-Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-Plasma-657-50-Amazon-Credit-3-150-00
post #1292 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

smile.gif Read the reviews of Geek Squad calibration and you may have 2nd thoughts. That said they sell the service for $300 so I guess you could cojunt it as extra savings unless they do what many of the reviews say they do.
http://reviews.bestbuy.com/3545/8586559/geek-squad-tv-calibration-reviews/reviews.htm
I did forget to get them to price match the 3d glasses. Will take care of that tomorrow.

Speaking with the Magnolia manager at the store where I made my purchase, he said their Geeksquad member is ISF-certified.. I had ChadB come before to work on my XBR960, but reading SillySally's posts, I might try to work on the VT50 myself. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about renting the kit from Spectracal?

Manager actually mentioned that if its a cold day, the delivery guys will not power on the set... just do a visual damage check and advise to wait until the set has a few hours to acclimate.
post #1293 of 2673
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Originally Posted by jhirsche View Post

Speaking with the Magnolia manager at the store where I made my purchase, he said their Geeksquad member is ISF-certified.. I had ChadB come before to work on my XBR960, but reading SillySally's posts, I might try to work on the VT50 myself. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about renting the kit from Spectracal?
Manager actually mentioned that if its a cold day, the delivery guys will not power on the set... just do a visual damage check and advise to wait until the set has a few hours to acclimate.

I'm glad someone posted about the cold weather and delivery. It is 34 this morning in North Texas and my set arrives in 2 hours. I will have them pull it out of the box but we won't power it up until this afternoon. Love this forum!
post #1294 of 2673
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Originally Posted by erick.s View Post

There may not be any reputable dealers selling at that price, but BB can price match anyone they want to. I just got an email from Best Buy a few days ago with the subject line "Best Buy's Promise to You". In it this paragraph appears verbatim:
"We are dedicated to having the best pricing on the products you care about most, like smartphones, tablets and televisions. And if for some reason we don't have the lowest price, we will match any price on our hardware products, whether that price comes from a traditional "brick and mortar" store or a major online retailer."
This email is signed by Shawn Score, Senior VP of U.S. Retail at Best Buy. While what the definition of "major online retailer" wasn't totally spelled out, you will notice that nowhere in that statement did it say the retailer had to be "authorized" to sell a particular product. I don't know if this represents a major shift in the way BB is doing business, but I do know that I had no problem getting a price match on my VT50 purchase using buytvtoday's price (which was $2799) a few months ago.

From the price match policy posted on BestBuy.com:

For the above promotions, the Designated Major Online Retailers are: Amazon.com, Apple.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Buy.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, hhgregg.com, HP.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Newegg.com, OfficeDepot.com, OfficeMax.com, Sears.com, Staples.com, Target.com, TigerDirect.com, and Walmart.com.
post #1295 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Jasonzo6 View Post

I was tempted to stop by and show them this one for a "price match" correction. biggrin.gif

Day-um... wish you'd had posted this a week ago. Who's gonna go work the deal?
post #1296 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Jasonzo6 View Post

I was tempted to stop by and show them this one for a "price match" correction. biggrin.gif

Damn, that site is even worse than buytvtoday. It doesn't even come up when you google it. Try it and let us know if it works.
post #1297 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

From the price match policy posted on BestBuy.com:
For the above promotions, the Designated Major Online Retailers are: Amazon.com, Apple.com, Bhphotovideo.com, Buy.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, Crutchfield.com, Dell.com, hhgregg.com, HP.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Newegg.com, OfficeDepot.com, OfficeMax.com, Sears.com, Staples.com, Target.com, TigerDirect.com, and Walmart.com.

To me BB is finally making good on years of outrageous, inflexible pricing and incompetant or non-exixtant help.

I wonder if this a last gasp onslaught aimed at driving as many small players out of business as they can leaving only major entities (easier to manage) while rebranding themselves as the low price place? I mean I can't see them keepng this up for very long, can you?
post #1298 of 2673
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Originally Posted by jhirsche View Post

Day-um... wish you'd had posted this a week ago. Who's gonna go work the deal?

Ummm, the website wasn't there a week ago. Shhhh! smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

Damn, that site is even worse than buytvtoday. It doesn't even come up when you google it. Try it and let us know if it works.

I'm too chicken to try, got such a great deal that I don't want them to go "Now wait a minute..." when I show them my receipt. wink.gif
post #1299 of 2673
^^^^

Oh! I think I get it. Wink, wink! Nudge, nudge! The old create your own temporary price match page ploy. BB employees may be incompetent but I don't think they're stupid enough to fall for that one. smile.gif
post #1300 of 2673
I purchased a 65" VT50 from a seller on ebay. $2900 shipped. It's supposed to be here tomorrow.

He called me after I sent payment to inform me of his shipping process, and what to look for before signing off on receiving the item.

Seemed like a good guy. He had quite a few he was moving too. custom_electronix is his seller name.
post #1301 of 2673
OK I could not resist. I was in the market for a new tv so I went to BB/Magnolia today and asked if they would match buytvtoday.com. They guy looked at the website, went and talked to his manager and came back with a yes. End result is I got the 65" VT50 for 2550 + tax. I was leaning towards the e7000 but I think I can be happy with this one. smile.gif
post #1302 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Jasonzo6 View Post

Ummm, the website wasn't there a week ago. Shhhh! smile.gif
I'm too chicken to try, got such a great deal that I don't want them to go "Now wait a minute..." when I show them my receipt. wink.gif

Don't think I'll be able to pull it off with that website. That takes shady to a whole new level. The picture they show isn't even a VT. It looks like an ST.

I do think I'll email Best Buy and see if they'll refund $50 due to buytvtoday's new price. Does anyone know if they only do this once? Should I do it now or wait until closer to January 24, when my return period is over?
post #1303 of 2673
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Originally Posted by YumMasterYum View Post

I just bought this TV from amazon rather than doing the BB price match. I paid $3,150 but got $657.50 back in amazon credit. That works out to $2,492.50 for this TV if you can spend the credit (I'll be buying a TV stand, 4 sets of 3D glasses, and other stuff that I needed anyway). For me it saved me about $260 over the BB deal due to tax. I did a post on another website for the deal although that community didn't seem to think it was a good deal. I'll post it here just in case it would help anyone. I understand that this isn't for everyone due to the nature of amazon credit.
http://slickdeals.net/f/5692520-Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-Plasma-657-50-Amazon-Credit-3-150-00

Be aware. The following is why I did not go that route:

"We purchased this TV in November , had it installed, and LOVE it! It is a great TV. The picture is sharp and clear and the size is large but not at all overwhelming.

My only beef is with the sneaky way that our order was apparently routed, by Amazon, to some unknown 3rd party seller, causing us to lose the $500 promotional credit that was one of the main reasons we purchased through Amazon in the first place. We selected the item "Sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" (as required by the terms of the promotion), put it in our Amazon cart, and paid for it. Upon delivery we noticed that the return address was an unknown dealer but did not think anything about it, since the ad had plainly said "sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" when we purchased the item. When trying to obtain our promised $500 credit, we were told that since we "opted to purchase from a 3rd party seller" we did not qualify for it. Since we never even SAW an option other than "Sold by and shipped from Amazon.com", we obviously did not "opt" to do any such thing (especially knowing that we would not qualify for the $500 credit if we did not purchase from Amazon).

So, BEWARE! When Amazon offers a deal, it isn't always enough to read and re-read the fine print and follow the instructions."

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-65-Inch-Plasma/product-reviews/B00752VLSG/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
post #1304 of 2673
I read that comment as well and double checked the "shipped and sold by amazon" piece throughout my checkout process. The checkout page will confirm the credit if done properly.
post #1305 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

Thanks Mike...got it for $2599.

awesome, congrats !
post #1306 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

Be aware. The following is why I did not go that route:
"We purchased this TV in November , had it installed, and LOVE it! It is a great TV. The picture is sharp and clear and the size is large but not at all overwhelming.
My only beef is with the sneaky way that our order was apparently routed, by Amazon, to some unknown 3rd party seller, causing us to lose the $500 promotional credit that was one of the main reasons we purchased through Amazon in the first place. We selected the item "Sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" (as required by the terms of the promotion), put it in our Amazon cart, and paid for it. Upon delivery we noticed that the return address was an unknown dealer but did not think anything about it, since the ad had plainly said "sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" when we purchased the item. When trying to obtain our promised $500 credit, we were told that since we "opted to purchase from a 3rd party seller" we did not qualify for it. Since we never even SAW an option other than "Sold by and shipped from Amazon.com", we obviously did not "opt" to do any such thing (especially knowing that we would not qualify for the $500 credit if we did not purchase from Amazon).
So, BEWARE! When Amazon offers a deal, it isn't always enough to read and re-read the fine print and follow the instructions."
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-65-Inch-Plasma/product-reviews/B00752VLSG/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

That guy had to make a misstep somewhere in his checkout process and did not notice until afterwards. While amazon is not perfect, I don't think they've been known to pull a fast one like that.
post #1307 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Glashub View Post

Be aware. The following is why I did not go that route:
"We purchased this TV in November , had it installed, and LOVE it! It is a great TV. The picture is sharp and clear and the size is large but not at all overwhelming.
My only beef is with the sneaky way that our order was apparently routed, by Amazon, to some unknown 3rd party seller, causing us to lose the $500 promotional credit that was one of the main reasons we purchased through Amazon in the first place. We selected the item "Sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" (as required by the terms of the promotion), put it in our Amazon cart, and paid for it. Upon delivery we noticed that the return address was an unknown dealer but did not think anything about it, since the ad had plainly said "sold by and shipped by Amazon.com" when we purchased the item. When trying to obtain our promised $500 credit, we were told that since we "opted to purchase from a 3rd party seller" we did not qualify for it. Since we never even SAW an option other than "Sold by and shipped from Amazon.com", we obviously did not "opt" to do any such thing (especially knowing that we would not qualify for the $500 credit if we did not purchase from Amazon).
So, BEWARE! When Amazon offers a deal, it isn't always enough to read and re-read the fine print and follow the instructions."
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-65-Inch-Plasma/product-reviews/B00752VLSG/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

I don't think there is anything shady going on here. Either an error by the customer, or some sort of glitch with the site. Question is, what is Amazon going to do to help the customer?
post #1308 of 2673
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Originally Posted by YumMasterYum View Post

I just bought this TV from amazon rather than doing the BB price match. I paid $3,150 but got $657.50 back in amazon credit. That works out to $2,492.50 for this TV if you can spend the credit (I'll be buying a TV stand, 4 sets of 3D glasses, and other stuff that I needed anyway). For me it saved me about $260 over the BB deal due to tax. I did a post on another website for the deal although that community didn't seem to think it was a good deal. I'll post it here just in case it would help anyone. I understand that this isn't for everyone due to the nature of amazon credit.
http://slickdeals.net/f/5692520-Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P65VT50-Plasma-657-50-Amazon-Credit-3-150-00

I ended up doing this instead of keeping the open box VT50 that buzzes very loudly. It comes out to be around the price of a $2599 PM at BB as long as you don't mind spending >$600 in promotional credits at Amazon.
post #1309 of 2673
Happy to say that my $2599 65VT50 arrived yesterday and it looks like a keeper. All pixels intact, and the slight buzzing on white slides is very tolerable.
post #1310 of 2673
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Happy to say that my $2599 65VT50 arrived yesterday and it looks like a keeper. All pixels intact, and the slight buzzing on white slides is very tolerable.

I have been happy with mine so far also. I have minimal buzzing at this point and compared to my previous tv this one is incredible. I do see some issues when I use the break in slides when the green screens come up. Not being an expert I really do not know how to explain it but they look blotchy. With live tv or movies I do not notice an issue.
post #1311 of 2673
Long time lurker, posting for the first time. Before getting to my request, I want to say thank you to all for a very informative discussion here and in the Audio forums.

Now, I am looking to purchase the 65VT50. As someone pointed out above, Adorama has the 65VT50 for $2799 all in. I have bought plenty of photography stuff from them, but not sure how good they are with television products. 6-month reseller ratings are at 9.42/10 with 10,000 life time reviews and 9.33/10 lifetime rating.

Has anyone purchased TVs, specifically the 65VT50 from Adorama? How was the delivery/set-up experience? Product satisfaction? Problem resolution? Anything to watch out for?

Thanks in advance for all the inputs.
post #1312 of 2673
Was able to negotiate the $2550 deal at a BB in the Tampa area if I bought some Geek squad warranty. I'm happy with the deal as the G.S.warranty covers burn in and pixel issues if there are over 3 dead/hot. Obviously, there is a lot of profit in these TVs.
post #1313 of 2673
[quote name="Bill33525" url="/t/1405169/panasonic-vt50-deals/1290#post_22706437 Obviously, there is a lot of profit in these TVs.[/quote]

The lots of profit is in the warranty !
post #1314 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Bill33525 View Post

Was able to negotiate the $2550 deal at a BB in the Tampa area if I bought some Geek squad warranty. I'm happy with the deal as the G.S.warranty covers burn in and pixel issues if there are over 3 dead/hot. Obviously, there is a lot of profit in these TVs.

Do you expect them to sell them at cost? They are in business to make money.
post #1315 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

Do you expect them to sell them at cost? They are in business to make money.

Agreed, but their pricing on one particular unit is immaterial if they want to give a deal for other profit-motivated reasons. That's retail! Many items are sold at retail for break-even or less to drive other metrics, such as foot traffic, loyalty, etc.
post #1316 of 2673
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Agreed, but their pricing on one particular unit is immaterial if they want to give a deal for other profit-motivated reasons. That's retail! Many items are sold at retail for break-even or less to drive other metrics, such as foot traffic, loyalty, etc.

My comment was aimed specifically at the last sentence in his post.
post #1317 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

My comment was aimed specifically at the last sentence in his post.

You disagree that there is "a lot of profit in these TV's". Regardless, I see where you are coming from. Point taken.
post #1318 of 2673
I know others have had no problems with their deliveries from Amazon, but my scheduled delivery was quite a headache. I scheduled to have my set delivered last Thursday between 4-7pm. CEVA called me on Wednesday to "confirm" that my set would be delivered between 2:30 and 5:30, to which i informed them that I wouldn't be home before 4. After numerous calls to both Amazon and CEVA, I received a personal guarantee that my set would be delivered b/w 4 and 7, and that CEVA's local contractor wouldn't be the ones delivering the set (for the sake of brevity, I'm leaving out many of the details).

Long story short, I received a call on Thursday at 2pm from the delivery agent informing me he was just around the corner... I tried to be calm in informing him nobody was there and my delivery time was to be no earlier than 4. In the end, CEVA had to drive to the local contractor, pick up my set, and bring it back to me to be delivered. The agent got there at about 7:30, which really wasn't a big deal that they were outside their window. The big hassle was the fact that I selected a specific time, and was told multiple times that my delivery time was different than what I chose and they would be largely unwilling to accommodate me.8.gif
Edited by avsforumsdsd - 12/18/12 at 1:02am
post #1319 of 2673
any updates?
post #1320 of 2673
I finally hooked up my new 65" VT-50 last night and it is a thing of beauty. Amazon delivery was spot on. Still waiting for the $500 credit, but according to the terms it isn't supposed to show up for 5-7 days after shipment which puts it at this coming Saturday.

What an amazing TV!
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