Originally Posted by DarrenK
The BSS person you spoke to is full of it. First of all, what would be the point of listing it if they don't sell it? A company as notoriously frugal as Wal-Mart would not waste the time or expense to add an item to the website if they were not going to carry it.
I have only had bad experiences with BSS, starting from the owner down the food chain there. I personally would never buy anything from them. They are run by some folks who used to run Luskin's, if you remember them, so my advice is stay away. I only stopped in the store to actually see the unit, because it is hard to find locally here in Baltimore, although I suspect once the Best Buy in Towson finishes getting their AV section converted to Magnolia they will carry it. They were doing construction and I spotted Def-Tech Pro-100's boxes in the Magnolia area, a high end item thet BB never used to carry.
Well I think i'm okay with this outcome.... Although at first I seriously felt that this BSS guy was full of BS, after doing a bit of research on my own and contacting panny's and Wally's HQ's, there definitely seems to be a bit more to the story that I think we all know. Not sure what it is, but it's certainly smells a bit fishy and here's why.
I spoke to several Panny Rep's giving them all the same sob story about me not being able to get my "price match" unless I prove that Panny has allowed Wally to sell the px500 line(which is true). I have to say, everyone was very helpful until I mentioned the word "wally"! As soon as the word came out of my mouth, everyone got quiet. Very weird! I got responses like, "They might
have them, but lets just say they don't get them from us directly...." or "between you and me, it might be a while before you see them have it again..." or "oh they have them, but that's all I can say about that..." or "I'm not allowed to get into or comment on that.....". So I can definitely see a bit of big corporate america playing a hand in all of this. It was truly strange, the more bizarre responses I got, the more I wanted to dig deeper and find out the truth!
You know, you always hear about big corporate companies, Wally in particular, slashing prices which in turn forces the little boutique shops, who truly cant afford the same discounted prices, do so as well and slowly force them out of business! Look, I'm certainly speculating here, but from what I've gathered, the only stores that really carry this set ARE the little boutique shops, which as many have posted here on this forum, is a bit strange in its self!
So before I start getting any further along into who I REALLY feel is behind all of this
, let me just say, BSS actually compromised with me and gave me a 5 year warranty, which they claim is worth close to $700. Normally I would have told him where to go, but after getting a really weird run around from Panny and Wally, I think I'm okay with it. Actually, when I initially bought the set, the sales guy told me they could either give me $500 off MSRP and free shipping or the warranty and I opted to take the former. So now I have all 3! Oh and did I mention I was 3 days over the "30 day price match guarantee"?!