Help - need advice on Samsung DLP deal at local Sears

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  1. Pete_N

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    I was browsing my local Sears' electronics section and found an open box Samsung 43" DLP RPTV (HLN4365W) on closeout for $2099. I talked to a manager who agreed to drop the price another 10% bringing my out the door price to $2043 (includes WA tax of 8%). The salesman put a hold on it and is expecting me back tomorrow. Sears currently has this TV on sale for $2499. I have read numerous reviews of the Samsung DLPs and can hardly find a bad word. I truly want a front projection but that won't happen for some time due to my current house set up (I need to move - maybe a year away). I don't know if anyone has any experience with these TVs but any advice on this deal would be appreciated.

    Also, Sears' extended warranty for this TV is $700. They are doing a family and friends deal this Sun, Aug 15, which would get me 10% off that bringing the 5-year EW to $680. Any suggestions on the EW would be great too. The salesman CLAIMED the EW included lamp replacement. I have read a lot on EWs but still cannot decide.
     
  2. Doug Miller

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    Pete --

    Yes, the EW covers the bulb. A friend of mine has the 50in and has had 2 bulbs and a board replaced so far. The first gen 50's had issues.

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    I did pull the trigger on the deal. I am still debating on the EW though...
     
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    Since the bulbs are priced close th 1/2 your cost of the EW, it would seem prudent to purchase it if it includes bulb replacement....two bulbs in five years is in the range of a good possability. Being a discontinued item and a floor demo makes it more likely it may need some kind of service sooner rather than later. Just my dos centavos.

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    Pete --

    Keep in mind that the unit has been on display for probably a year or more (how many hours is that playing non-stop). Also, the bulb is not covered by the warranty, so when your first bulb goes out... which will probably be in the next year or so, you're on your own.

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    whoa...that is STEEP!!! even bb is only 499.

    the tv is only about 2100 right? so that warranty is 30% of the total cost of the tv. but, as i always say, ew's are like car insurance -- you hate to pay it until you need it.

    the bulb replacement should run you approx 300 bucks though...so i guess a 400 dollar warranty (i assume four years?) isn't too bad.

    also, i know you already bought the tv, but have you looked at the new models? they include faroudja's dcdi chip - which upconverts everything to the tv's native resolution. a very big plus imo...
     

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