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post #691 of 1081

sing the Amazon price tracker for the 65ST50 it looks like it hit around $2000 in June and then again in October.

pNEg

post #692 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by p3Orion View Post

Has anyone been able to get Amazon to mach Panasonic EPP? If so , how? I need to find a way for the CSR to see the EPP price on their PC.

I would do a print to pdf and send it to them. I havent tried this, but I assume there arent that many ways to do it, aside from having them log in under your name lol.
post #693 of 1081
I found 2 stores in Toronto that have the Panasonic st60's. I'm looking for the 55" for my parents.

One manager at a national retailer will price match to $1350 with a receipt and the other smaller store will sell for $1375 +2% surcharge if you use a credit card. I tend to lean towards the national retailer.
I will try to find a receipt from someone who has managed to get a good deal this weekend. I'll check back often to see if we can scare up a group for a mini group buy.

Cheers!
post #694 of 1081
Someone got a 60st60 in Nova Scotia for $1599...
post #695 of 1081
60" appears to be gone from shop.panasonic.com (both the EPP and regular)...
post #696 of 1081
Crap. Hopefully Amazon drops some on theirs. Don't wanna spend the extra dough on the VT.
post #697 of 1081
amazon is selling 65vt60 for $2,149 and so does BestBuy. Incidentally, 65st60 are more expensive by $50!
post #698 of 1081
Called Panasonic direct -- they said they are now sold out (as the site indicates) of the 60, and won't be getting any more in. I ordered from Amazon. Unfortunately that cost me a little, as the EPP price was better. But with Amazon, getting no tax ($80 difference) and the 2% reward ($30 credit), so works out about $100 difference... Sometimes you win by waiting, other times you lose...
post #699 of 1081
I had no luck with Amazon since they can't verify the price. I thought I had them for a minute and they came back with a big fat no.
post #700 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by emerson1 View Post

I had no luck with Amazon since they can't verify the price. I thought I had them for a minute and they came back with a big fat no.

Will likely be impossible now (at least on the 60 which was well lower through the EPP), since they (Panasonic.com) no longer have them and aren't getting more in.
post #701 of 1081
Hey guys,

Keep checking best buy open box deals. Go to store locator > pick store > shop clearance/open box. Once you get to the products, at the top you can search all stores within a certain mile radius. Then, click TVs > brand Panasonic.

Quite a few keystrokes, but I am seeing many ST60's and VT60's within 25 miles of me in so. cal. Once you find what you are looking for, go to the store and you can make them an offer for less.
post #702 of 1081
... in that vein, what is the quick 'n easy method for finding panel usage hours for these open box/possibly demo models?
post #703 of 1081
I see January 31st as return deadline on Amazon, not Jan. 15.

What am I missing?
post #704 of 1081
I would be wary of buying a used plasma even the newer sets can get image burn if abused
Edited by shenaniganz08 - 12/2/13 at 12:43pm
post #705 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

... in that vein, what is the quick 'n easy method for finding panel usage hours for these open box/possibly demo models?

Have not done this myself, but this is from the Panasonic FAQ over at ControlCal:

DISPLAY'S MENU METHOD (Thanks to users Lost! and LarryInRI)
Menu > Help > Version > Status4. The number after the letter represents the hours. That value increments every 60 minutes of "On" time.

or

SERVICE MENU METHOD
Since you are looking for a way to know the "exact" number of hours and minutes on your display, follow this procedure exactly as described. Much better than estimating. Please be aware when it says to go to the right of the number it means just that, take the cursor to the right of the number listed and not on the number. I made this mistake until I moved my cursor to the right of the number as it said and then it worked just as described. No reason to be paranoid since I copied this from another thread on the VT60 so sure the first sentence is just a disclaimer not wanting someone to blame them for the display getting messed up in some indirect way.

Also I recommend using the "exit" button on the remote and not unplugging the power cable as mentioned as a way to stop. The exit buttons works perfectly fine. I wouldn't have done it if needing to pull the power cable out of the socket to reboot.

Do not deviate from the instructions, as you could do something unintended.
The following has been heavily edited for clarification purposes by bosundave

1)Press and hold the "VOL -" button ON THE PLASMA TV.
Do not release the "VOL-" button just yet.

2)While holding the "VOL-" button on the TV set itself, now press the "INFO" button on the remote control 3 times

"Start Adjustment Menu" message will be displayed followed by the Service Menu after few seconds.

You should see this as your display:

ADJUST {Picture Adjustment}
WB-ADJUST {White Balance Adjustment}
OPTION {Option Setting}
V-SUS {V-SUS Adjustment}
AGING
SRV-TOOL {Service Tool}
"1" & "2" buttons move through options

This is your first button press while in the above display:
3) Press the "2" button once to select "SRV-TOOL".

Your display will look like this:

SRV-TOOL VIVID
00 (note that this 00 is high lighted in orange. Just leave it there. Do not scroll away from this)

1,2:MAIN SELECT
9 :Picture MANU SELECT
OK:ENTER

4) Then press the "OK" button to access it. Note: Do not scroll. you should not highlight the OK selection on your screen. You are simply hitting the "OK" button on your remote.

5) Using the cursor keys, highlight the right side of the last item "PTCT :00.00.00.00.00" Note the "right side" of the last item is a blank box for time being.

Your movements with the remote control cursor on your remote should be five presses down and one press to the right in order to accomplish step #5

6) Then press and hold the {MUTE} button for 3 seconds.

Time and Count will be displayed in red color:
I got Time 00000:48 Count 0000020


__TIME = Hours : Minutes of operation.
COUNT = Times the Plasma was powered on.

7) To exit, unplug the power cable. Or hold down the exit
Button on the remote (results in the TV turning off/on automatically

My results from the step #6 are:
00000:48 Count 0000020
post #706 of 1081

Hi Guys, I'm a newbie but joined when I saw this conversation. I'm close to calling and ordering a 65VT60. Price seems really good at $2149 and I'm going to see if ABT will beat it since Ill also save t he tax. How much should the bracket cost for this 65"? Nothing articulating just flat up against the wall since I suppose what I have holding my current 50" won't do. Any thoughts appreciated.

 

I missed the Kuros a few years back and now want to replace a nice 50" Pioneer Elite that will go to the bedroom.

post #707 of 1081
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Originally Posted by barbados11 View Post

Hi Guys, I'm a newbie but joined when I saw this conversation. I'm close to calling and ordering a 65VT60. Price seems really good at $2149 and I'm going to see if ABT will beat it since Ill also save t he tax. How much should the bracket cost for this 65"? Nothing articulating just flat up against the wall since I suppose what I have holding my current 50" won't do. Any thoughts appreciated.

I missed the Kuros a few years back and now want to replace a nice 50" Pioneer Elite that will go to the bedroom.
$25-$30
http://www.monoprice.com/products/wallmount_search.asp?cmd=search&select_brand=26&enter_brand=Enter%20Brand&model=tc65vt60&screen_size=65&d_height=400&height=400&height_unit=1&d_width=400&width=400&width_unit=1&d_weight=94&weight=94&weight_unit=1&c_id=109
post #708 of 1081

Thanks Emerson!

post #709 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by irridion View Post

I found 2 stores in Toronto that have the Panasonic st60's. I'm looking for the 55" for my parents.

One manager at a national retailer will price match to $1350 with a receipt and the other smaller store will sell for $1375 +2% surcharge if you use a credit card. I tend to lean towards the national retailer.
I will try to find a receipt from someone who has managed to get a good deal this weekend. I'll check back often to see if we can scare up a group for a mini group buy.

Cheers!

 

I just joined this site now after lurking for over a year, mainly to let you know that I'm also in Toronto and in the market for a 50 or 55" ST60. Thanks to all the hard work in this thread, the best deals in the US have been made public but so far there hasn't been a decent promotion here up North. I was very close to having one shipped to NY and driving down to pick it up, but I think the risk and hassle outweighs the savings at this price point. Please let me know how your hunt goes and I'll be sure to do the same. I'm concerned that inventory may be scarce by the time Boxing Day comes around!

post #710 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by type-r56 View Post

I just joined this site now after lurking for over a year, mainly to let you know that I'm also in Toronto and in the market for a 50 or 55" ST60. Thanks to all the hard work in this thread, the best deals in the US have been made public but so far there hasn't been a decent promotion here up North. I was very close to having one shipped to NY and driving down to pick it up, but I think the risk and hassle outweighs the savings at this price point. Please let me know how your hunt goes and I'll be sure to do the same. I'm concerned that inventory may be scarce by the time Boxing Day comes around!

In Ottawa the ST60s are sold out, but managed to get my hands on an open box one from kijiji if I want. The cheapest I could find a VT60 for was $2199.

Let me know if you guys hear anything - buying in a week for sure!
post #711 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by kkirsche View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

... in that vein, what is the quick 'n easy method for finding panel usage hours for these open box/possibly demo models?

Have not done this myself, but this is from the Panasonic FAQ over at ControlCal:

DISPLAY'S MENU METHOD (Thanks to users Lost! and LarryInRI)
Menu > Help > Version > Status4. The number after the letter represents the hours. That value increments every 60 minutes of "On" time.

or

SERVICE MENU METHOD
Since you are looking for a way to know the "exact" number of hours and minutes on your display, follow this procedure exactly as described. Much better than estimating. Please be aware when it says to go to the right of the number it means just that, take the cursor to the right of the number listed and not on the number. I made this mistake until I moved my cursor to the right of the number as it said and then it worked just as described. No reason to be paranoid since I copied this from another thread on the VT60 so sure the first sentence is just a disclaimer not wanting someone to blame them for the display getting messed up in some indirect way.

Also I recommend using the "exit" button on the remote and not unplugging the power cable as mentioned as a way to stop. The exit buttons works perfectly fine. I wouldn't have done it if needing to pull the power cable out of the socket to reboot.

Do not deviate from the instructions, as you could do something unintended.
The following has been heavily edited for clarification purposes by bosundave

1)Press and hold the "VOL -" button ON THE PLASMA TV.
Do not release the "VOL-" button just yet.

2)While holding the "VOL-" button on the TV set itself, now press the "INFO" button on the remote control 3 times

"Start Adjustment Menu" message will be displayed followed by the Service Menu after few seconds.

You should see this as your display:

ADJUST {Picture Adjustment}
WB-ADJUST {White Balance Adjustment}
OPTION {Option Setting}
V-SUS {V-SUS Adjustment}
AGING
SRV-TOOL {Service Tool}
"1" & "2" buttons move through options

This is your first button press while in the above display:
3) Press the "2" button once to select "SRV-TOOL".

Your display will look like this:

SRV-TOOL VIVID
00 (note that this 00 is high lighted in orange. Just leave it there. Do not scroll away from this)

1,2:MAIN SELECT
9 :Picture MANU SELECT
OK:ENTER

4) Then press the "OK" button to access it. Note: Do not scroll. you should not highlight the OK selection on your screen. You are simply hitting the "OK" button on your remote.

5) Using the cursor keys, highlight the right side of the last item "PTCT :00.00.00.00.00" Note the "right side" of the last item is a blank box for time being.

Your movements with the remote control cursor on your remote should be five presses down and one press to the right in order to accomplish step #5

6) Then press and hold the {MUTE} button for 3 seconds.

Time and Count will be displayed in red color:
I got Time 00000:48 Count 0000020


__TIME = Hours : Minutes of operation.
COUNT = Times the Plasma was powered on.

7) To exit, unplug the power cable. Or hold down the exit
Button on the remote (results in the TV turning off/on automatically

My results from the step #6 are:
00000:48 Count 0000020

No longer necessary, on the 2013 models.

Menu > Help > Version > then on the line that says Status4 the hours are shown after the letter.
post #712 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

No longer necessary, on the 2013 models.

Menu > Help > Version > then on the line that says Status4 the hours are shown after the letter.

That post included that at the top as well as the more accurate service menu should you desire more information.
post #713 of 1081
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Originally Posted by kkirsche View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

No longer necessary, on the 2013 models.

Menu > Help > Version > then on the line that says Status4 the hours are shown after the letter.

That post included that at the top as well as the more accurate service menu should you desire more information.

Oops. Sorry. I don't know how I missed that. redface.gif
post #714 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nov View Post

Picked up the 55" in Mississauga last night, $1350.00 + Tax. The local Best Buy showed it at $1399.00 in store even though it shows $1599.00 on the website.
Looking forward to setting it up this weekend.

Interesting, my local best buy (London Ontario) had the same promo 2 weeks ago, $1399, and website has it at $1599, went back to Best Buy last night, and its back up to the $1599 price, I think they must be pushing out these deals to certain BB stores around Ontario through out the month.

I ended up snagging it for $1399, best I could find it anywhere at the time.
post #715 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by dsg2003gt View Post

has anyone been successful in getting amazon to price match panasonic?

1949 for the 65st60 and 1274 for the 60st60

http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-P65ST60

Quote:
Originally Posted by JesseCRX View Post

1274 for the 60 inch ST60 and 1949 for the 65 is an employee discount price you get if you work for a company that has certain "exclusive perks" and deals with other companies(i.e. Panasonic). Those prices are not available to the general public.

I know because I work for one of those companies and although $1274 free shipping/white glove set up is tempting...I don't have that cash on hand or free credit line at my disposal. So I had to go with either my best buy credit line or sears credit line.

Either way, neither best buy nor sears or any other retailer will match that price because those prices are not accessible to everyone.
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Do either of you have a list of eligible parties?
post #716 of 1081
Just got my ST60 from Best Buy, a day early--I was in the shower and came to the door in towel when the dog wouldn't stop barking. I had about 5 minutes to take delivery before I had to leave. I confirmed that it wasn't damaged, then had them plop it down in the living room. So much for a Christmas surprise.

Set it up and the picture was great in some ways but a little, well, off. The blacks were amazing but the overall picture was quite dark as well even in a very dark room.
After a little poking around on line, I found some calibration advice: That the CInema mode is the best of the presets.
I found the menu
The default setting was "Standard" which was very dark. All the other settings were quite a bit brighter, and all--except vivid--were minor variations on excellent.
Once I changed it to Cinema, now I understand what the fuss is about. Much brighter and more saturated, but still great blacks.
I'll do a more careful calibration soon, but when you get yours, do yourself a favor and make this 30-second tweak.

And given that Panasonic is out of the 60 inch for good, it's silly to wait. FInd a decent deal, and push the button, especially if you're looking for the 60 which is very popular, and rarely discounted.

I had a really good Samsung 47 inch LCD well calibrated and out of the box (in Cinema mode) my new ST60 just slaughters it in PQ.
No contest. (Although the Samsung will be more than adequate for bedroom duty.)

Thanks for the advice, and reporting the news about Panasonic discontinuing their plasmas.
I'm glad I pushed the button on this one.
Edited by avincent52 - 12/6/13 at 5:14pm
post #717 of 1081
For anyone in the San Diego area, there are some open boxes. Mission Valley Best Buy 60" ST60 and the Oceanside BB 65" ST60
post #718 of 1081
Here is my dilemma. I have a chance to buy a St50 for $500 owned by my father who got a sweet deal for it being a store demo version. If it was an open box etc. then it would be an even better deal.

-or-

I could buy a brand new e60, st60 50'. The only other tv's I would consider is the F8500, but I cannot make myself pay the extra cost right now.

I am asking would you buy a store demo that seems to be in working condition for $500 atm or would you go for the st60 at $999. From what I have seen everything seems to work fine on his tv. I would give it a once over with slides if I bought it just to make sure. I really am only considering because of the price and I know the input lag is better.

Thanks for your input.
post #719 of 1081

If $999 is at all doable, new is a no-brainer. If my dad taught me anything, it was never buy anything expensive from friends or family...because they won't be friends or family for long.

 

P.S. The ST60 also was significantly improved over the 50, plus you'll have peace of mind that you own one of the finest examples of a TV for many, many years.

post #720 of 1081
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hotthree View Post

Here is my dilemma. I have a chance to buy a St50 for $500 owned by my father who got a sweet deal for it being a store demo version. If it was an open box etc. then it would be an even better deal.

-or-

I could buy a brand new e60, st60 50'. The only other tv's I would consider is the F8500, but I cannot make myself pay the extra cost right now.

I am asking would you buy a store demo that seems to be in working condition for $500 atm or would you go for the st60 at $999. From what I have seen everything seems to work fine on his tv. I would give it a once over with slides if I bought it just to make sure. I really am only considering because of the price and I know the input lag is better.

Thanks for your input.
Is $999 for a 55" or 60" ? Sorry missed it in your post,
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