Originally Posted by sonyfan
wow FRY's sold you a $5000 Aconda that was a refurb?
and they say used car sales people are the scum of the earth.
when you found out about the refurb were you screaming into the phone or did you quietly call your lawyer?
At the time, it was among the best widescreen sets available and the biggest direct view CRT 16:9 model, too. The new Acondas were selling for $3k on sale, the Basalts were $4k. I got mine from a local home theater store. From what I remember, there was a Loewe USA "Friends and Family" deal where you could get a B-stock version of the Aconda for like $1000 straight from Loewe, which was a great deal even on a refurb. Apparently, some dealers got a hold of some of the refurbs and sold them as new.
I wouldn't have known except I saw the "B stock" tag on the box when they were unpacking. I think I posted about it at AVS forum and someone sent me a PM with the pdf of the Friends and Family refurb deal as a heads up and I confirmed it with Loewe customer service. The set had a couple of issues and when I asked the dealer if it could be related to the B stock sticker on the box, they quickly offered to replace the set with the Basalt without any hassle, lol. I'm guessing dealers weren't supposed to be reselling them at all, let alone as new...
Getting a Basalt for $3k was a great deal at the time for a highly touted model. With what you can get now, it seems like a waste of money, of course. Not much different than buying a computer...