I originally got the tv on 12/31 for $2599 from Best Buy with a Paul's price match plus local tax. Today, I took a printout of the Paul's price of $2499.99 with the Save500 coupon applied at checkout.The salesman went and found the manager to approve it. The manager was nice enough and accepted it. and refunded 100 plus the tax incurred on the 100. The manager was the guy who sold me the TV iast month. So he remembered me. And i get a new clock ticking on the warranty 30 days after i bought it. It brought me 1 penny under the 2500 for silver(I guess silver does not take tax into account?) So i went to the retail and bought a piece of gum to go over.
The Magnolia salesman delgated to do the final checkut was kind of annyoying in pushing the Extended Warranty at 350(no tax charged. the manager probably advised him to push it once he price matched the extra 100). Considering their profit margin was very low at that price, I dont blame them for trying to get some easy revenue on the warranty. Since he went through the trouble of locating the manager to get me the price match in the first place, i felt no harm in humoring the poor sales guy and getting the warranty., I can always cancel it within 30 days for a full refund and later for a prorated refund. So what do you guys think? Is 350 Best Buy warranty worth it over that Square Trade or whatever warranty at 100 plus? And how reliable is this TV? My VISA Signature will double the warranty. Keep in mind, this store already did an inhome exchange 2 weeks ago because the first TV may have had a faulty power supply. What are the chances of getting two faulty TVs in a row? I never buy EWs except for when I bought the SONY SXRD XBR1 which paid off for me handsomely as that was a troublesome TV. But in this case, there is no bulb to replace. So I just have to assess whether there is more than a 10% chance of this TV failing, especially after I returned another one.
P.S.: what is the etiquette for delivery? I used to tip delivery guys but they were usually some grunts. In this case,it was a free delivery and the guy delivering didn't seem like a full time delivery guy. He seems like an inhouse employee where delivering things via the Magnolia truck was one of his duties. I didn't have more than 4 dollars in cash ready. I didn't want to insult him with such a tip even if he accepted one. I think he does various things around the best buy store storage area.. It didn't occur to me at the time. But now I think about it, I probably should have money ready to tip him. I am planning on giving him 5 or 10 bucks the next time I see him at the store. He helped me set up the TV where we swapped the monitor and I retained all the other old stuff including the stand. So he just placed the old monitor in the new box and took that with him and gave me the new serial number stickers off the box. The whole thing went by so fast I didn't have time to look around for cash in the house.
On a closing note, I am very happy with the deal. Brick and mortar stores have to make money and while I can probably wring a better deal by a few dollars, I had no wish to even try the Buytvtoday pricing as a price match. The way Best Buy is price matching online stores is a classy and wise move. I don't think they are obligated to price match any of the really buytvtoday type offers. If you got pricematched for that, I feel good for you. But for those of us who paid 50-200 more, let's not feel resentful that others got a better deal at 2399 or whatever.
Edited by mantar - 1/29/13 at 7:26pm