The third party seller was electronics101deals. Their price wasn't particularly low, but Amazon proper had temporarily run out of stick. (Next time I'll just wait!) I've bought from third party vendors in the past without problems, but in this case I'm going to just collect my refund and try again elsewhere. Maybe with another Vizio, maybe not....although another make/model could just as easily arrive DOA, of course.
Last edited by GanChan; 09-20-2014 at 03:58 PM.