Please excuse the double post. I tried in the main plasma forum and was hoping for a little more information and feedback.
Yesterday, I was trying to buy a Panasonic P65VT50 at Best Buy and they were out of stock.
The manager offered me the display model for $1999.00. It was put up in Aug. of 2012 and he calculated it's been on for about 1800 hrs. in "torch" mode.
The picture still looks great and from my reading, Panasonic claims a 100,000 hr. half-life on their plasmas.
It's fully covered by manufactures warranty and I could buy a Square Trade extended 4 yr from Costco for $99.
Does anyone have an opinion on the panel loss of brightness over time? From lookin g online, it seems that modern plasmas have minimal loss of "punch", but I'm putting it in a room with windows (which is why I wanted the VT) and it is a concern...
New ones are being closed out online for about $2500.
The salesperson said "on the plus side, no burn in issues and you can calibrate right away..."
What do you think?
Is it a good deal?