Originally Posted by Influence
FYI, Abt is NOT charging your credit card in full if you place a pre-order. They are are just performing a "pre-authorization" (basically sending a transaction to verify that the card number is valid). I believe this is also known as a "hold" in credit card lingo. They only charge your card when the product ships. I called them about their pre-orders and asked what the policy was. And you can of course cancel a pre-order at any time. This seems pretty standard tp me.
Perfectly acceptable practice and not at all shady or illegal. My post above was, I hope, couched in the "maybes" of "if they were..." sufficiently.
A retailer should do a cursory check that you have the credit theoretically for a pre-order, even though the credit might be gone when the item ships.
By the way, Abt is saying that MSRP for the VT/ZT lines are the prices up on their web page.
I don't think that's true, but then again, Panasonic has been known to change this (although rarely) and the Panasonic seems to have originally been targeting an MSRP that Samsung was going to obliterate. Maybe they did change in response? Best Buy's systems, however, seem to disagree with Abt.
Originally Posted by gadgtfreek
Well, I went ahead and put my name on a VT60 65" today with Clev. Plasma. Hopefully get Chad to tweak it too.
I bet you'll be happy.