Originally Posted by PTDOCTOR
I am really close to purchasing this reciever also and was wondering if anyone could elaborate on getting Magnolia to match an online price. What online retailer did you use to show them that you could get it for around 800 online? Did you show them a printout of the price on the website? How much hassle did they give you? Did they want you to buy a seperate warranty? I would really love to be able to get this reciever from an authorized dealer. Any input appreciated.
I bought mine from ABT electronics here in Chicago, which isn't a chain but is bigger and better than any big box store I've been to. ABT is pretty well-known in the area for working their prices pretty heavily, they'll cut you a deal to get the sale over anyone else.
I actually went in to buy a Denon 2807, left with one on order for $900 and then called back to cancel because I decided I wanted the 82 instead. The guy offered to sell me the Pioneer for $900 and I told him that I'd found one online for $750 at butterfly photo and that they claimed it came with the warranty. I also told him that I would rather give the business to a Chicago store if he could at least come close. I let him dangle for a week or so and he called me back at $800 and I jumped on it.
Contrast that with my Magnolia trip, where the salesguy first tried to convince me that they couldn't move off their price because of their agreements with Pioneer, then tried to convince me that ABT was shady (if you're from Chicago, that's pretty funny) and finally got frustrated with me and started snapping about how Magnolia was for high-end customers only and maybe I would be more comfortable in the "rest of the store."
Not the greatest story, I know, but if you're looking for a deal it's better to go to a local place--they're generally more willing to work with you because they need the business. Magnolia is still Best Buy, you know?
Back on topic for this thread, has anyone figured out if there's a way to selectively switch the scaler on/off per input? I'd like to have it on for my DVR, off for my dvd player, on for my ps2, etc. It's smart enough to pass the 1080p signal from my dvd player even with the scaler on and set to 720p but i'd like to just turn it off to avoid any potential image degradation.