So, with the announcement that Panasonic will no longer be producing plasmas, I have been hankering after a 65" ZT60. I have been monitoring the prices, and today I saw that Best Buy is selling them for $3,199.98. On a lark, I decided to see if any of my local stores had them in stock. One store did, I called them, and the CSR said that they had an open box item and an item in "for service", but I decided to go over and double check. I also had a 10% off BB MasterCard coupon I was hoping to use
It turned out that they only had one item in the store--the open box one. I did not get to see it (I actually didn't ask to see it, either), so I opted to order a new one, but unfortunately, I was blocked from using the 10% off coupon, because the TV was already on sale, and the coupon was only good for 10% off list price (which is lame, because most things in Best Buy are always on sale...but I digress).
I inquired about the open box item, hoping to get something off of that. I was told that it did not have the manuals or glasses, but did have the remotes and cables. After some prodding, they were also willing to give me 10% off the $3199.98 price, and they threw in two pairs of Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU 3D glasses to compensate for the ones missing from the unit.
Now, I have a disability, and it would be impossible for me to bring this bad boy home myself and set it up, so I inquired about delivery, and was told it could be delivered for free. Standard delivery at Best Buy apparently includes them bringing it into the home, setting it down, and ensuring it works, so this also takes a huge load off of me and my wallet. Finally, because they took everything off the price of the TV (so I "paid" for the glasses), I was able to get a cheaper Geek Squad 2 year protection plan, which ended up costing $349.99 instead of $419.99.
Altogether it was:
$2,719.12 for the TV with open box and glasses discounts
$159.98 for the glasses
$349.99 for the Geek Squad protection plan
with tax it came to $3,450.03. I even bought it across the border in a state where the sales tax is 2% lower, and used my Best Buy MasterCard to get 24-month no interest financing.
To put that in perspective, A new TV ($3,199.98) with the service plan ($419.99), delivery ($69.99) and tax ($258.30) is $3,948.26 on BestBuy.com right now.
Now, obviously the big fear, because I didn't see the model, is that there is something cosmetically wrong with it. But I would hope that any flaws will be apparent enough that I can have the delivery people take it back. I also ended up with two pairs of the superior, rechargeable glasses, as opposed to the battery-operated ones that come with the TV, and I saved $70 on the Geek Squad protection, and I should hopefully still have the manufacturers warranty to boot.
Still, I am feeling concerned. Is there a chance that Panasonic will disavow the warranty? Did I make the right decision, or should I have just shelled out for a completely new unit?
Any opinions are appreciated. I would prefer not to have to finance the extra, almost $500, and give back the better glasses I was given, but if the consensus is that it is safer in the long run not to buy open box, I will defer to the community.