Originally Posted by rickie
I think I'm probably in the minority here, but I would buy it local from Best Buy if I were in your position. I've bought other things through BB and would have bought my Vizio from them if they had carried it when I bought mine last year. I believe in buying local whenever possible.
Also, as a side note. I had a Toshiba 65HX93 (65inch Theatre Wide Rear Projection) prior to buying the Vizio M3D651. (2012 M series Model). My Toshiba died after a power failure and I was concerned whether I would be happy going from a rear projection CRT to an LED type set. I've had mine for almost 7 months now and I'm quite happy with it. It measure up nicely against the Toshiba and in some ways surpasses it.
agree with you. I am a big supporter of local businesses over using the internet. However, in this particular case, I went ahead and bought it from Costco at the recommendation of the people in every forum I read. Other than word-of-mouth, here are my reasons:
1) I had a bad TV experience with Best Buy. On my Toshiba, it had some darker vertical bands appear in the first six months I owned it. I called Best Buy and they had someone come out. The tech said he believed my color spreader was malfunctioning, but would have to come back in a couple weeks to replace it. A couple weeks later, he never showed up on the agreed upon date. I called in again and they came out and looked at it and again said they thought it was the color spreader, and they would order one in, but they were backordered, and it would take a few months. I got the run around for a few months, and then they came out to look at it again and said they still thought it was the color spreader but they couldn't PROVE it wasn't burn-in (a year old at this point), and burn-in wasn't covered in the warranty. So they said they wouldn't fix it unless I paid up front out of pocket to order and replace the color spreader and that it would run about $500. Then if it DID fix it, it would prove it wasn't burn in, and they would reimburse me, but it would be 10-12 weeks. It only does it when it first turns on until it gets warm, which I would think would prove it wasn't burn-in, but they disagreed. Of course at this point, I no longer had a manufacturer warranty...
2) I saved about $800 (right now) by buying it from Costco when it was all said and done vs buying it from Best Buy. BB didn't want to sell me this TV, no matter how much I tried to talk to them about it, and only wanted to tell me how much better the Samsung 7100 was. They said they couldn't do any price matching on this item as it was "Price-locked" by Vizio and their sale ($300 off) ended Sunday.
So the total break down:
Warranty (4 Years): $ 329.99
Taxes: $ 176.00
Minus Manufacture's Discount: -$ 150.00
Shipping: $ 19.99
Costco Membership: $ 55.00
Total (at least temporary savings): $781
Minus $99 for the warranty after I get the TV.
Minus $30 for 4 more pair of glasses later.
Minus about $70 next tax year.
Grand Savings: $582+