Hey RII, I bet Amazon had that TV cheaper than Best Buy or Circuit city. I purchased my 32" Samsung LCD from Amazon almost two years ago and they destroyed all other competitor's prices. Haven't had one single problem with it either.
My brother just recently, like 3 months ago, bought a 52" Samsung LCD from them, and again, beat all competitor's prices and he hasn't had one problem with his.
Samsung makes a kickass TV, so you made the right decision there.
But I can understand you wanting to see it in person first, and if something goes wrong it is easier to take it to your local store than having to deal with returns/exchanges over the web, a lot quicker.
Still, I prefer to buy a majority of my electronics from Amazon, they usually beat all competitors prices, they offer free shipping on almost everything, you do not have to pay sales tax, I get triple the points on my credit card, oh yeah, and I don't have to drive around and waste gas. Their customer service is far superior to any brick and mortar store, or online retailer for that matter. If the item drops in price you can request a refund for the difference, or sometimes they will refund the difference without you even asking. Depending on the CSR, you can get refunds from well past their price protection guarantee policy. Example: I purchased the Jason Bourne HD-DVD Trilogy in November, for $44.95 (really good price at the time, when HD DVD was alive and well). In March they dropped the price $19.96, when putting their HD-DVDs on sale/clearance, I requested a refund and they honored it, nearly 4 months later. You can't beat that. And I have many other examples too.
Oh yeah, as far as my brothers TV goes. A few weeks after he purchased it, Amazon ran a promotion where you would get a free Samsung upconverting HDMI DVD player with the purchase of select Samsung TVs, his was part of the promotion. So he emailed them and a few days later a new DVD player was delivered to the house free of charge.
As far as removing product before it goes on sale, or it not being in the store during the sale: If there is something I want that is going on sale, I will often go to the store the day before (or days before) the sale starts and buy it for its non-sale price, and then go back later in the week, and get the difference back. This works flawlessly, except for making the extra trip, but you would probably make that extra trip anyways, and this way you are guaranteed to get the product.
There are places, like DVDTalk and other web sites, that post the weekly fliers days and weeks in advance, so you always have the drop on what is going on sale, and what the price will be.
And we get the Target flier here on Saturday (and Sunday) but all of the sales start on Sunday, so that one is always a day in advance too.
But like I said earlier, I buy a lot of my stuff online so I don't do this often.
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