Originally Posted by Slingshot
I bought the last one in stock from EE. $2,574.93 cost, 209.89 shipping and an additional 5 year warranty (6 years in total) for $249 usually $299. Total $3,034.91
Last night, I checked the price and it said to email EE for the latest price which was $2,552.01. I had trouble trying to buy it because it kept stating the quantity I wanted was in excess of what they had in stock. When I finally did arrive at the checkout screen, the price was over $2,800. I sent an email at midnight about it, obviously no response.
I saw they were out of stock this morning and I initiated a chat. The fellow said that they had one left and the price was $2,574.93 plus shipping. I ordered it. He then tried to sell me a warranty; he said the same company that would fix it under the one year Panasonic warranty would fix it during the additional three or five years. The price was $199 for three additional years and $299 for five additional years; both warranties begin after the one year Panasonic warranty ends. I had 30 days to decide.
As we were talking, I mentioned that I had seen prices at the AVS forum and that many people were using the EE price to obtain a price match from Amazon. I said I would rather give EE the business and I had ordered a Denon 4311 from them six weeks ago and I was very happy with the purchase. I said I was going to post this on the forum. He said that was great and volunteered to lower the price of the warranty to $249 which I immediately agreed to.
More good news. I had some shaky credit a few years ago and I had to sign up for a secured credit card with $1,850 of my own money tied up. With this credit card you never get your money back even if you build up your credit. A few weeks ago, I received a promotion from Citibank for the American Airlines Advantage CC with 35,000 bonus points, if you spend over $1,500 in the first three months. They approved the CC and I used it to purchase the TV. I will now close out the secured credit card, (which will lower my credit score a few points), and use the $1,850 to help pay for the TV. I will now have over 60,000 points, enough for a couple of U.S trips or one trip to Europe, which costs at least $1,000.
I also now own a SOTA Plasma TV which is replacing a nine year old refurbished Hitachi 65 inch HD Rear Projection TV that I paid $2,200 for nine years ago.