Originally Posted by SweatyPalm
FYI, I called a few local Costco stores last week to ask for the model # of 42" Panny. All confirmed they are carrying "TH-42PMxxx" monitors. This model is specially tailored for Costco only so that they don't compete with BB,CC.
I don't think they are getting new ones with tuners.
I have no confidence in the Costco computer system or at best, in the employees releasing information on what products they have in stock or are on order. Two times I called two different Costcos asking if they had a certain model in stock, both times they said yes, and both times they were wrong. The first one a guy in their "electronics dept" said it was a miss-shipment, meaning they had it in the system, but Panasonic never delivered them or they just never received them. The second time I asked someone from the same dept and he said they just didn't have them. This after the girl on the phone told me specifically they were being sold on the floor.
I had been calling Costcos all across SoCal looking for that Panasonic 42" EDTV and besides the two mentioned above, the others all stated they didnt even have the EDTV in their system! Meaning, there were no plans to get any more. Well... low and behold, 1-2 weeks later, they are selling it.
I really have no idea if Costco will sell Panasonic's next line of EDTVs. They might just sell the PM50 until demand goes dead or Panasonic discontinues them. Panasonic won't tell me if Costco will carry them and the reps I've emailed at Costco either don't know or aren't telling. It will probably come down to waiting until Panasonics ships them out, and then calling, or possibly just keeping an eye out.