Originally Posted by Rashman
Mind if I ask which Abt and what price you got them down to? Sounds like $1540? I'm in Chicago and will be purchasing a 42A10 soon as well; I'm currently calling around and shopping for the best price.
Insert obligatory "thanks to everyone for all their info on this thread" here. Much appreciated. ;-)
You're $100 too low. There is only one ABT, in Glenview. They also do a web business but I don't know about that. Salesmen work on commission and they're of that old-school/you-need-to-buy-this-now-with warantee-and-expensive-extras/high-pressure variety.
Much like buying a car, if you do your homework, know what you want before you go in, have a good idea of whay they pay for the set, you can pretty much decide how much you will pay for it and let them know your price. And then they, not you, can take it or leave it.
That's what I did and, while the salesman was a bit pissed and surprised by my knowledge (I initially let him pull his speil on me, quoting me a price "that is as good as we can do), he didn't fight me on it. It was the end of the day last Monday, the place was more-or-less dead, and he wanted to make the sale.
And again, I am stressing this, the TV rocks. It sucks that I got one with the green blotch, but I am in the strongest possible position: I can test-drive the TV I will not keep, so when I get my new (hopefully flawless) one, I'm good to go.
I hope this helps.