Originally Posted by bbig119
So I passed on the July 4th specials and missed an opportunity to snag the p60st50 for $1499 (Paul's) or $1599 (Amazon + financing) because I didn't have a green light from the wife. My old Samsung DLP is bugging out, so I now have a green light to buy a new TV, but the price of the p60st50 has gone up $200, and is now $1799. If I buy now, I'll feel like I've wasted $200 (for 3d glasses, or professional calibration, etc). I know the prices will come back down again----but when? I'm sure we'll see the low prices (maybe better) for Labor Day. I'm wondering if the prices will drop at the end of July to correspond with the start of the Olympics?
I tried without any luck to get either Paul's or Amazon to match their price from the July 4th week, but their price guarantee only applies to current and future (within their time window) deals. Ordinarily I could easily wait for the good prices again, but my DLP has a mind of its own, and at times is unwatchable. I really want to get this issue resolved (new TV) for the Olympics.
Impossible to predict when prices will come come down, but they will . . . But no one can predict exactly when, just make guesses . . . Could be this weekend, mid-August, Labor Day, or close outs 9 months from now . . . But they will come down. Part of the problem (not for Panasonic, but for us bargain hunters) is the amazing reviews, quality, and the success of the St50 line . . . Which is a great thing for viewing, but just means prices will be less frequently discounted as demand remains high for an excellent bang-for-the buck plasma.
More governors now are making deals with Amazon to place,distribution centers there in exchange for collecting taxes for that state (Chris Christie of New Jersey is the latest). Other states have new laws already passed to collect online taxes, but they take effect later, one (South Carolina) now as late as 2016. B&M stores are just trying to hang on till then, leveling the playing field (and thereby shafting the consumer) . . . Again, through tax, tax, tax. Now that Republican governors are lining up with their Democrat counterparts, inevitable that all 50 states will require all online purchases to have the tax collected. Such would be acceptable in states where every $ collected in taxes is spent judiciously and modestly for real infrastructure to benefit residents. That tax addition for many will be the deciding price point which causes them to refrain from buying . . . $150 is real money to many who scrimp and save to eventually to have one nice thing (like a 60 inch ST50). Fewer purchases will result in higher prices because demand will diminish. Even if a modest 5 or 10% of people refrain because it is just over their limit with the tax added, the impact will ripple.
So, think of it as a math problem . . . Supply is limited for a while at least because it is a great tv; if not already collected, your state may begin to require their collection for online purchase; there will be bargains ahead, but it may not be until after the Olympics; it will take days, worst case, up to a couple of weeks to arrive if you purchase online, depending on the shipper contracted; what is your cost savings now compared to if you bought an airline ticket, hotel, meals and expenses to attend the Olympics in England?
I have watched Amazon price on the 50 inch model (which I am desiring) go from $1099 to the current $1199 in the last week. (On the 60" ST50 up $200 in the last week, which is still way below the release price of $2100 on its first day on Amazon on 30 March and MSRP.)
So, that $200 additional you would have to pay today over last week's price seems like a possible good trade off for you to ensure seeing the Olympics . . . And Amazon does great with the 14 day price matching. (Up to only $1800 today from the Amazon low of $1600 last week on the 60" model.)
There is awesome support for the ST50 models online.
And . . . Remember your current DLP sucks today with its problems, which won't get better on its own before the Olympics. (Sorry)
So, ask yourself . . . Is it worth $200 to make sure I get to see the Olympics on one of the best 60" plasma bargains out there, even at $1800? Yes or No?
For me, "No," but I have a vt30 from last Christmas and this st50 will be in a home office. I am just going to keep using the ancient 32" CRT in that room until I see a $999 sale price on the 50Sat50 from Amazon (or from Amazon on a price match.)
One other option for you . . .since you get a full warranty . . . And I assume the same return policy (which you would want to make sure of), Amazon is reselling ST50 60" for around $1400 shipped (if you are an Amazon Prime member); not a bad buy if you can't wait, and you can live with the idea that someone else opened the box and viewed it for a few hours before you did (95% satisfaction rate).
Or can you see yourself happily watching the Olympics on your suspect current DLP, getting ready to wiggle the power cord, or bang the side of it at that critical moment when an American is setting a world record that will not be broken again in our lifetimes, without screaming in rage, raising your blood pressure, and thereby giving yourself a stroke? Or, when you are seeing our American team parade into the Olympic Stadium in the opening ceremonies, for saving $200, will you be disappointed to not have your new 60ST50 with custom settings to see the matching uniforms with the retro berets designed by a Frenchman and made in China? If your answer to either question is "No," you should pony up the extra $200, and maybe, but probably not, see a lower price in the next 14 days.
All the best in your tough decision.Edited by Rhetor - 7/16/12 at 9:16am