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Purchasing a Floor Model

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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   agnerc



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Posted February 14 2008 - 11:38 PM

I have the opportunity of purchasing a floor model that Sony is doscontinuing. I will be saving about $400.00 on this unit. I have inspected it and it looks perfect, sounds great and the picture looks like new. I assume it is about 1 year old so far. What are your thoughts on purchasing a floor model?



#2 of 11 OFFLINE   DougR


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Posted February 15 2008 - 12:44 AM

Beings how it's a Floor Model (with many hours used on it) and a year old. A $ 400.00 discount is not enough !!
I'm sure you can get more knocked off but I think you would be better off just buying new.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   MarkMel



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Posted February 15 2008 - 02:03 AM

I would never buy a floor model television. They've been on 12+ hours a day probably in torch mode.
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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Allan Jayne

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Posted February 15 2008 - 02:50 AM

Plasmas and CRT's may have suffered phosphor wear. Non-CRT RPTV's may have most of the bulb life consumed where the replacment costs a coupl'a hundred bucks. LCD's may be ready to start acquiring more dead pixels. These are things that warranties specifically exclude.

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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   DaveHo


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Posted February 15 2008 - 03:00 AM


#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Kevin C Brown

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Posted February 15 2008 - 12:19 PM

I'd never buy a display floor model. For all the reasons already cited. Posted Image
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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   Gralen


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Posted February 20 2008 - 05:15 AM

This sunday best buy lost my 46 inch rptv sony e3000. They offered to ship a floor model of the same kind I said no. They offered to give a even exchanged for a westinghouse lcd new which was on sale. I said no. They offered to give me the 50 inch e3000 for 150 more.I told them yes then I said are you crazy. The floor model sony didnt look all that good and I ended up paying a little more for a 46 inch lcd samsung. Should have bought the tv from myer emco. Dont buy the floor model
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#8 of 11 ONLINE   DaveF


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Posted February 21 2008 - 09:32 AM

Floor models age in dog years -- they likely see 3x - 5x more usage hours per day than your home TV. So in practical terms, if this TV has been on the floor for a year, it's seen 3 - 5 years of equivalent use. How much discount do you need to buy a TV with that much "mileage"; is $400 enough for a TV that's been on 12 hrs a day, and pushed and prodded by thousands of people?

#9 of 11 OFFLINE   Dan Driscoll

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Posted February 22 2008 - 05:17 AM

I'm a big fan of buying used or demo models, with one exception, displays. I would never consider buying a floor or demo display.

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#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Martino


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Posted February 22 2008 - 10:15 AM

I think a lot has to do with where the set is coming from. I bought a 27" TV for the bedroom from a store that originaly sold only laser disks and high end equipment. They had the set calibrated so the laser discs would look good, so it wasn't burned in or in flame torch mode when I got it. I have had the set for a long time (bought it just as DVD was coming out, not sure how many years ago this was), and it is still going strong....I guess I am just lucky...

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   bashton



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Posted February 22 2008 - 11:07 AM

What about refurbished then?

I'm looking for some 2nd / 3rd / kids room displays, and Westinghouse keeps popping up, particularly from some internet retailers.