Resurrecting this thread for some different insights.
I'm purchasing a Samsung UNxxKS8000 later today. However, I now have a decision to make:
Amazon + 5 year SquareTrade protection plan
Best Buy + 5 year Standard Geek Squad protection plan
The television is more expensive at Amazon, but the protection plan is less expensive. The difference puts Best Buy $186.25 more expensive. (I believe I can also get the television at Best Buy and still buy Amazon's SquareTrade protection plan for it.
My question is really a matter of comparing SquareTrade to Geek Squad
Unsurprisingly, a comparison discussion thread on Best Buy's website preferred Geek Squad.
UPDATED: In the time it took me to write this post, evidently Amazon brought the price down another $22.90, so now Best Buy is over $208 more expensive. However, this brings it down into the small price range within which Amazon offers Assurant
protection instead of SquareTrade. However, I was still able to pair the television with SquareTrade specifically, just by purchasing the two bits separately.
In the context of matters raised in this thread: This is a 65" flat panel... There is no way I can carry it into Best Buy, so both plans offer on-site repair service, and that'll be the only path I could take. So I don't think the fact that there is a Best Buy nearby helps me all that much.