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post #1441 of 2673
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Originally Posted by deyer View Post

This is tough, currently have a Vizio 551xvt, and consumer reports rates the vt50 as there #1 pick ( for 2012) if you have the extra money.

Join the upgrade club! I had a Samsung UN60D7000 (LED) and upgraded to the 65VT50. The Sammy was less than a year old!
post #1442 of 2673
I'm thiiiiiiiiiiis close to pulling the trigger from Paul's....but I'd like to hear an experience someone has with them....when they're not local and across the country.
post #1443 of 2673
Thank you guys. I went to the local Best Buy Magnolia in Atlanta. The guy didnt even hesitate. Didnt even go to a manager. He had his own list of online merchants to price match and Paul's was one of them. He did say he wouldnt match the post tax pricing. I was happy enough to get the price match that I didnt quibble over the tax. Free delivery and we get the silver rewards level status. So $2599 plus 7% tax for the 65VT50. Not bad. I didn't have the heart to ask him about the buytvtoday price of 2549.
post #1444 of 2673
Was at the local Best Buy to pick up something else and thought I would see if I could get them to do price match buytvtoday's price. The sales person was very nice, but after checking with her dept manager then the store manager, came back and said they will only price match places like Amazon or Target. I wasn't there to buy the TV today anyways, so I just thanked her and left. Will try to find a BB location willing to sell it around the $2500-$2600 range after new year.

Has anyone gotten a BB store in NYC or Northern NJ to sell the set at this price range? If so, please kindly PM me the store info if you don't mind. Thanks for any/all help.
post #1445 of 2673
Well took the plunge on a 65vt50, got it from Paul's since they are picking up the tax, talked with a nice representative on the phone. I did think about going to bestbuy, but didn't want to hassle with the tax. I'm upgrading from a 55in 240hz full backlit led tv, so I'm hoping this tv is worth it.
post #1446 of 2673
I expect you'll be floored by it, as my brother and I have been.

After setting it up I went to the THX Cinema mode, turned the sharpness down to about 25 and the color down to about 35 (I think), and ended up doing about the same in the THX Bright Room settings. I'm using DirecTV for the feed right now, and it's been just jaw dropping to watch.

My previous TV was a 50" GT25. This is a *substantial* upgrade.

Mike
post #1447 of 2673
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Originally Posted by deyer View Post

Well took the plunge on a 65vt50, got it from Paul's since they are picking up the tax, talked with a nice representative on the phone. I did think about going to bestbuy, but didn't want to hassle with the tax. I'm upgrading from a 55in 240hz full backlit led tv, so I'm hoping this tv is worth it.

I went from a 60" LED (Samsung) to my 65VT50. It is worth it, believe me!
post #1448 of 2673
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Originally Posted by msimanyi View Post

I expect you'll be floored by it, as my brother and I have been.
After setting it up I went to the THX Cinema mode, turned the sharpness down to about 25 and the color down to about 35 (I think), and ended up doing about the same in the THX Bright Room settings. I'm using DirecTV for the feed right now, and it's been just jaw dropping to watch.
My previous TV was a 50" GT25. This is a *substantial* upgrade.
Mike

That sharpness should be down to 0, and color should stay around 50 most likely. Use a calibration disc like WOW of DVE to properly adjust brightness and contrast.
post #1449 of 2673
Add me to the upgrade club. I stopped at the Best Buy in Gurnee, IL. I asked about matching the Paul's TV price on a 65VT50 and mentioned Paul's was covering the tax. The guy helping me said he could match the price but not the tax piece. I was also purchasing a Pioneer VSX-60, and he agreed to match the East Coast TV price. At that point, I decided to just pick up the receiver and do some more thinking on the plasma given I'd be paying nearly $200 more on the TV than through Paul's. He looked for another minute, and then offered to split the difference with me, and sell me the TV for $2499.99. I decided that was close enough. The TV is being delivered on Thursday. Very pleasant transaction with Best Buy.

(By the way, this is replacing a 2003 Mitsubishi WS-65411.) smile.gif
post #1450 of 2673
Prosperous 2013 to all!!

Pulling the trigger and replacing a 2007 Panny TH-50PH9 with the 65VT50!

Floored ---> Amazon matched Paul's deal!!!

Floored ---> Best Buy matched Sears $29 deal on the Panny TY-ER3D4MU 3D's

Looking to be floored by a price on an Onkyo TX-NR818, but no luck as yet.
post #1451 of 2673
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Originally Posted by onkyolover View Post

Prosperous 2013 to all!!
Pulling the trigger and replacing a 2007 Panny TH-50PH9 with the 65VT50!
Floored ---> Amazon matched Paul's deal!!!
Floored ---> Best Buy matched Sears $29 deal on the Panny TY-ER3D4MU 3D's
Looking to be floored by a price on an Onkyo TX-NR818, but no luck as yet.

Lucky you with Amazon...I spoke to them about 10 minutes ago. They would price match the $2999.99 but would not match the additional $400 on the promotional code. Said that if the promotion is not "displayed on the site" they can't match it.
post #1452 of 2673
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Originally Posted by onkyolover View Post

Floored ---> Best Buy matched Sears $29 deal on the Panny TY-ER3D4MU 3D's

How did they PM if it was out of stock?
post #1453 of 2673
Thanks everyone for the helpful posts in this thread.

Walked into a BB in southeastern PA and got 2599 on the 65vt50. Was an extremely painless process. Had the manager add the vt50 to the cart on pauls tv site and apply the code. Once he saw it checked his own computer and we had a deal.

Also picked up a 55st50 and a BDI cabinet in there. They instantly matched the amazon price of the st50. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the bdi cabinet i wanted was on sale for $150 less than the BB online price.

I am very pleased with their new business model of matching online prices. Now than amazon charges sales tax in my state I see myself continuing to purchase from BB so long as the price matching continues.
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What code for Paul's are you talking about? I would like to know.
post #1455 of 2673
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Originally Posted by jconde View Post

What code for Paul's are you talking about? I would like to know.

Save400
post #1456 of 2673
I wonder what percentage of sales in Best Buy are at THEIR SALE PRICE of $3299. How much profit margins are in these sets that they can price match 2599 just like that. Do you think they get these sets for 2300 or something?
post #1457 of 2673
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Originally Posted by baron116 View Post

Lucky you with Amazon...I spoke to them about 10 minutes ago. They would price match the $2999.99 but would not match the additional $400 on the promotional code. Said that if the promotion is not "displayed on the site" they can't match it.

baron, I had to hit them up twice via email. The first time they told me their PM rules state they do not match other sites rebates or coupons. I simply pointed out to them that rebate and coupon are two different things and their rules cover rebates. I also stated coupons aren't always necessarily listed for every customers use, but if applied, it will reduce the price. If you haven't already purchased, I would try them again.
Edited by onkyolover - 1/1/13 at 8:39am
post #1458 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Jagged68 View Post

How did they PM if it was out of stock?

Jagged, the gentlemen who was helping me checked the Sears site, saw them for $29, called the manager and they changed the price. I ordered 4 pair.
post #1459 of 2673
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Originally Posted by mantar View Post

I wonder what percentage of sales in Best Buy are at THEIR SALE PRICE of $3299. How much profit margins are in these sets that they can price match 2599 just like that. Do you think they get these sets for 2300 or something?

They may well be losing money on each sale on a net basis. However they are big...they own Future Shop, Dynex, and a large chain in China. It could be like Hyundai which is selling cars with more content, etc and is able to do so because they are the largest (and most profitable) ship builder in the world. BB can't keep it up and I don't expect them to but they are trying to build brand equity as the low price, touch and feel and get it now store.

"Retail experts agree it will be tough because prices fluctuate frequently on the Internet. "It is easy to say you're going to do this, but with prices varying minute by minute, it is very difficult to execute," said Leon Nicholas, senior vice president at consultants Kantar Retail.

Another risk is that retailers run the risk of encouraging even more shoppers to check the Internet to compare prices, a comparison that doesn't favor the big box stores. A recent survey by brokerage house William Blair & Co. found that on average Target's prices were about 14% higher than Amazon's, Best Buy's were 16% higher and Wal-Mart's prices were 9% higher. The comparison included shipping costs for Amazon, but not sales taxes.

"It is a pretty dramatic move to match prices, but it could backfire long-term," said William Blair retail analyst Mark Miller.

If the price matching programs attract too many shoppers, analysts say, they may dent profits. Last year, Best Buy offered free shipping and discount prices at the start of the holiday season, which led to the first increase in quarterly sales in six quarters. But the tactics took a serious toll on its bottom line. Profit margins fell at its core U.S. business and quarterly earnings plunged 29%.

The retailer's earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization fell to 6.1% of sales during the holidays a year ago, a profit margin that could be easily wiped out by aggressive price matching, said Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst.

And shoppers may just move to the Web, he said. "Let's say you find an item cheaper online; it's easier to just click and order it then go back into the store."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444592704578062962791253452.html
post #1460 of 2673
When I got mine matched for 2549 the BB employee said their cost was $2350.
post #1461 of 2673
What's this, What's this
Someone else is clearing room

What's this
A 55VT50 on sale

How much HOW MUCH?
$1,627.99 + shipping (*yes they have a free shipping promo, however this one isn't included) No tax outside of NY

Wake up, jack, this isn't fair
Link this!
http://www.jr.com/panasonic/pe/PAN_TCP55VT50

Note: I'm doubtful many of you'll be able to pull off a Bestbuy match, but I'm certain you could pull off a amazon match if any of you bought there recently.
Edit: According to 2 posters, paul's is willing to PM it and have refunded the dif under they're 30day program
Edited by Tolken - 1/1/13 at 3:51pm
post #1462 of 2673
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Originally Posted by mantar View Post

I wonder what percentage of sales in Best Buy are at THEIR SALE PRICE of $3299. How much profit margins are in these sets that they can price match 2599 just like that. Do you think they get these sets for 2300 or something?

Current Best Buy in-store price is $2899.98
post #1463 of 2673
I have a question.. I just recently got bestbuy to price match buytvtoday at 2549.. I just looked at buytvtoday and they have the 65 vt50 for 2475.. Will bestbuy price match a pricematch? Don't they pricematch after u bought it for 30 days?
post #1464 of 2673
29.97 for 3d glasses for me. They price matched 4 for me. Also make sure to purchase the protection plan for 9.99 it is a generic sku so 1 will cover all 4 for 2yrs.
post #1465 of 2673
How's Paul's on dead pixel and other problems that might occur with delivery?
post #1466 of 2673
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Originally Posted by onkyolover View Post

Prosperous 2013 to all!!
Pulling the trigger and replacing a 2007 Panny TH-50PH9 with the 65VT50!
Floored ---> Amazon matched Paul's deal!!!
Floored ---> Best Buy matched Sears $29 deal on the Panny TY-ER3D4MU 3D's
Looking to be floored by a price on an Onkyo TX-NR818, but no luck as yet.
Picked my 818 up for 679 at Best Buy.
post #1467 of 2673
GA/FL residents: Local retailer BrandsMart USA (authorized Panasonic retailer) has the 65VT50 on clearance for $1,999.88. Not a typo. They had very limited stock as of yesterday morning. I purchased my 65VT50 a few days ago from BB after getting them to PM BrandsMart's original $2,499.88 price. Checked yesterday and BrandsMart is deleting them out of the system. I went to BB for price adjustment and got the additional $500 credited back.

Store manager said it cost them ~$2400 to purchase TV and they're taking a large hit to clear inventory.

Unfortunately, this is a B&M deal only. They are not carrying online any longer.

Hope this helps a few local folks.
post #1468 of 2673
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Originally Posted by Tolken View Post

A 55VT50 on sale

$1,627.99 + shipping (*yes they have a free shipping promo, however this one isn't included) No tax outside of NY

Note: I'm doubtful many of you'll be able to pull off a Bestbuy match, but I'm certain you could pull off a amazon match if any of you bought there recently.
Edit: According to 2 posters, paul's is willing to PM it and have refunded the dif under they're 30day program

Got an e-mail from an amazon rep that they will not price match because JR is not on their approved match website list. Hope to get them to match Paul's with discount code though... will report back
post #1469 of 2673
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Originally Posted by onkyolover View Post

Jagged, the gentlemen who was helping me checked the Sears site, saw them for $29, called the manager and they changed the price. I ordered 4 pair.
That was pretty much my experience, but it was done on the phone and the phone rep didn't check with anybody. He navigated to the Sears product page, saw the $29 price and agreed to price match. Either he didn't notice or didn't care that the item was not in stock. I too bought four pair.
post #1470 of 2673
Damn, I wish we got a post about this 2 days ago. How do we use Brandsmart as a price match? Do we just tell Best Buy Magnolia to call Brandsmart ?
Which Best Buy agreed to price match this price? I already bought it at Best Buy Perimeter location on Monday (Dec 31) for $2599.
It has not been delivered yet. If they don't price match, maybe I should cancel it and purchase it as Brandsmart.

EDIT: Just called Brandsmart Doraville location. They are out of them. He said the inventory is extremely low even at other stores.
Edited by mantar - 1/2/13 at 8:50am
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