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Any update on Toshiba 50H81 availability?


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#1 of 64 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 09 2001 - 01:16 AM

To finally end my widescreen HDTV saga with Best Buy, I am waiting for this TV to come into stock...

Does anyone have an update on the availability date of this TV?

Thanks!

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#2 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 03:41 AM

The warehouses still have nothing, and when you try to place an order in the system it tells you that it is on "Backorder" (which just means the warehouse the store has to order from does not have it in stock).

Actually, you could go ahead and buy the thing at your local Best Buy, and you would get one of the first to come in.

If the clerk doesn't know what to do, tell him the SKU # for the 50H81 is 4172004.

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#3 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 03:50 AM

By the way, here are the SKUs for the other models as well:
  • 42H81 - 4171997
  • 50H81 - 4172004
  • 57H81 - 4172013
They can look this up by model number, but I thought this might save some time since, you know, all Best Buy employees are like, dumb and stuff. Posted Image

And I think most people know this, but a sure fire way to get "top-quality" service at Best Buy is to come right out and say you will definitely buy the 4-year Service Plan. Posted Image

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#4 of 64 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 09 2001 - 04:07 AM

Actually, I already had the SKU number for the 50H81, and we (the manager and I) found it in the system...

The problem is that the system won't let us make a purchase/delivery order with it right now because it is not in stock yet. So, I am calling him every couple of days to check...

BTW, I already purchased the 4 year PSP, and will on the 50H81 too. Posted Image

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#5 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 04:35 AM

Sorry to give you useless info Andrrew! Posted Image

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Posted July 09 2001 - 05:37 AM

Do they have the prices these will be selling for in the computers yet? If anyone has access to this, I'd apprechiate it.

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#7 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 07:24 AM

Regular prices are as follows:
  • 42H81 - $2299
  • 50H81 - $2499
  • 57H81 - $2999
The 50H81 should be available first, the 57H81 sometime in August, and the 42H81 not until September-ish. They still have a lot of 40H80s.


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#8 of 64 OFFLINE   Faz Azad

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Posted July 09 2001 - 09:41 AM

Are those MSRP prices or Best Buy prices? If they're MSRP, then you will be able to get them below those prices.


#9 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 10:04 AM

They are Best Buy's regular prices for the sets. But, of course, you should be able to get them a little cheaper when they run various sales each week.

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Posted July 09 2001 - 12:20 PM

no, best buy has the 50h81 in the computer for 2199.99 regular price. sweet.

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Posted July 09 2001 - 12:36 PM

Wow. That's not a bad price. Has anyone placed a order for it at that price? I'm trying to decide between the 50H81 and the 47WX49.

I'm concerned that the Panny isn't very tweakable. On the Toshiba I'm worried that all the improvements may only be in the HX line. I may not even have a local dealer that carries the HX line..

I sure don't want a set that looks worse then my TW40X81 and how can you ever compare home sets with those horribly calibrated store sets. My TW40X81 looks completly horrid in Best Buy.

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#12 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 09 2001 - 04:14 PM

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no, best buy has the 50h81 in the computer for 2199.99 regular price. sweet

If you are right Albert, the 42H81 must be Super Cheap!

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Posted July 10 2001 - 02:01 AM

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I'm trying to decide between the 50H81 and the 47WX49.

I'm in the same boat. In addition I'm waiting to see what the price will be for the 50HX81.

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Posted July 10 2001 - 02:23 AM

Sounds like a lot of people are in this boat...for those of you who purchase the 50H81, we're gonna need really detailed reviews!
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#15 of 64 OFFLINE   Andrew Beacom

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Posted July 10 2001 - 05:11 AM

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------------------------------------------------------------I'm trying to decide between the 50H81 and the 47WX49.
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Me also. If the price on the 50H81 is correct it's pretty good as my local Sears has it listed at $2595. Although I was told that will be it's maximum price.

At least at Sears there is a $500 difference in price here. That would sway me towards the Pannasonic. But I'll be keeping track of the tweakability before I buy anything.


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Posted July 10 2001 - 02:30 PM

Where are the sets you ask?

Well, what apparently happened was that the trucks loaded up with 50H81's were on their way to the various distribution centers, but were suddenly recalled to the plant when Toshiba QA discovered a problem with the power switch (or powering on the set or something related to power anyway).

They all need to undergo what's apparently a very quick fix, but the factory was closed for the July 4th holiday until just yesterday (the 9th).

The trucks are expected back on the road late this week, so they should start popping up in store next week.

#17 of 64 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 10 2001 - 02:33 PM

Johnny...

Do you mind me asking where you get your info?

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#18 of 64 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 10 2001 - 03:46 PM

"Supposedly" he owns a home theater shop called Next Big Thing Electronics, but from what I hear, that's only a front.

You see, JohnnyG grew up in a small town.....................[omitted irrelevant life story info]......................................and then after a brief stint with the Federal Protection Agency here in the states, he decided to use he forces for good. He was hired by an anonymous source to track down various missing HDTVs, and now passes this info along to us, the good citizens of the Home Theater Forum.

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Posted July 11 2001 - 03:56 AM

Thanks Cameron! I'm tired of telling the story myself Posted Image


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Posted July 11 2001 - 08:09 AM

Can someone please tell me the differences between the **H80 and the **H81? I recently purchased a 56H80 and am now wondering if I should have waited for the 56H81.

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