I'm in Costco right now and see that this deal is even better now with the price reduced to $799! Those who have already purchased, take your receipts to the return desk and they'll refund the difference in price!
I've been looking for a 60-65" TV to replace the 50" the movers broke. I was looking at Panasonic and Samsung but saw this deal and saw the reviews and went for it. I bought 2 of these for less than the price of 1 of the TVs I was looking at. avsforum has some really good reviews on it as does Amazon. These are both listed as 6500 but I'm pretty sure the 6550 is the same, just costco branded.
No 3D, no Internet, but I don't care - I get my Netflix from my blu-ray or my Tivo and have no use for 3D. Hope this helps!
So if you enter the Model Number in the search box nothing comes up but using the browse function it appears that Sams Club has the same model...for those of us not lucky enough to have a CostCo close by.
I calibrated it to match what they're posting in avsforum.com and the picture looks great! Again, no 3D or frills but a dang good picture and at this price for a 60" I'll take that all day long!
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 8:19p
Looks like a great deal! Wish there wasn't any tax tho
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 8:31p
I checked this out at Costco and couldn't get the brightness to adjust. It stayed at 50 in all the modes I tried. The contrast was adjustable.
I want to use it in a bedroom at night and want flexibility as to the darkness of the image. Does anyone know if the brightness is adjustable somehow?
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 8:33p
Looks cool, thank you.
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 9:48p
Hi Buster said: Does anyone know if the brightness is adjustable somehow? Maybe the energy saving feature was turned on? I think it automatically adjusts brightness based on lighting conditions. If you turn it off, it should let you manually adjust brightness.
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 9:58p
paratoke said: Hi Buster said: Does anyone know if the brightness is adjustable somehow? Maybe the energy saving feature was turned on? I think it automatically adjusts brightness based on lighting conditions. If you turn it off, it should let you manually adjust brightness.That might have been it. I couldn't get it into a mode where I could adjust the brightness even though I see that being adjustable at the link to AVSForum.
posted: Aug. 1, 2012 @ 10:21p
Went to checkout at Sam's with free shipping. Total was $898.00 + $60.62 tax = $958.62. I didn't have a membership, so that was an extra $40, making it $998.62. I was about to pull the trigger when I found it at PC Richard for $988.97, no tax, free shipping. Hope I can cancel my Sam's membership real quick, cause I'll never actually use it. Then again, I'm only saving abo $10 dollars by going to PC Richard. Maybe I can just look at it as a Sam's membership for $10 instead of $40.
Ugh...deal shopping is so hard...lol
posted: Aug. 4, 2012 @ 5:17p
paratoke said: Hi Buster said: Does anyone know if the brightness is adjustable somehow? Maybe the energy saving feature was turned on? I think it automatically adjusts brightness based on lighting conditions. If you turn it off, it should let you manually adjust brightness.It was in demo mode. When I switched it to home mode the brighness was adjustable.
posted: Aug. 30, 2012 @ 9:22p
$849 now at Costco.
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posted: Aug. 30, 2012 @ 9:45p
849 now at SAMS too..
posted: Aug. 30, 2012 @ 9:54p
I was afraid of that. Does Costco pricematch themself? I don't really want to lug the set back.
posted: Aug. 31, 2012 @ 6:32p
I just took my receipt up to Costco and they promptly refunded me the difference. A manager had to come over-ride something, but it was a breeze. Make sure to take your receipt, that's the first thing she asked for. Good Luck!!
posted: Aug. 31, 2012 @ 7:08p
Is the standard price $850 now, or is it a $250 off manufacturer's coupon? They charged tax on the before $200 coupon price, so if it's the normal price they should refund tax on $250 as well.
posted: Sep. 1, 2012 @ 8:22a
It's now a $250 manufacturing coupon.
posted: Sep. 1, 2012 @ 3:52p
No problem getting the pricematch other than the trainee taking about 10 minutes to do it.
jfdub said: Price reduced to $799 now! Thanks!! Went to Costco and got my price adjusted from $849 I paid for it few weeks back. When they lowered the price to $799 rest of them got sold, only floor model left in my Costco. Just make sure you get the outside antena connected to it if you are a sports fan.... love it.
posted: Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:11p
"this is so tempting considering the pana 60-incher P60ST50 is double this price"
Yep, but the next Panasonic down (UT 60") is 178 more from Amazon right now. I believe that's 178 well-spent. Panasonic is my goto TV company since I can't afford Sony (well, I won't pay for Sony anyway.) Been very very happy w/ the 2 I've owned.
Of course the best strategy is to wait for February; Probably get the ST panasonic for <1k then.
Still, you really can't beat 8 bills for a 60" TV! That's the silver lining of outsourcing, innit?.
Is this deal still going on ? Was there a timeframe ? I dont see it.
posted: Nov. 7, 2012 @ 10:30a
It's still going on. I just picked one up yesterday at a local Costco. They had 5 in stock.
posted: Nov. 15, 2012 @ 4:44p
Instant rebate expires 12/8/12.
posted: Nov. 15, 2012 @ 9:27p
PC Richard has it for 797.97 shipped no sales tax or membership fees for me.
posted: Nov. 16, 2012 @ 1:54a
Is PC Richard a safe retailer?
posted: Nov. 20, 2012 @ 8:02p
I know its not really that hot, Just an FYI for anyone still looking for this.. Sam's Club has it currently for $828.00. Link
posted: Dec. 27, 2012 @ 1:55a
$779 at Costco now and no tax where I live... A no-brainer for wanting a huge TV with no need for smart features.
posted: Dec. 27, 2012 @ 12:06p
What's the expected lifespan for plasma TV compare to LED TV? Also how would LG plasma compare to Panasonic? Thanks
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posted: Jan. 3, 2013 @ 6:41p
The lifespan is that it will last right up to the day it dies on you. Frankly just remember the TVS of today are not meant to last 20 years. If you get 5-6 good yrs that is doing well. With technology changing you might want to upgrade anyway after a few yrs.
robertw477 said: The lifespan is that it will last right up to the day it dies on you. Frankly just remember the TVS of today are not meant to last 20 years. If you get 5-6 good yrs that is doing well. With technology changing you might want to upgrade anyway after a few yrs.
Sigh... 5-6 years? People like you are responsible for the disposable nature of today's consumer society. Your expectations are so low.
Panasonic touts a 30 year panel life on their plasmas. Doesn't mean it'll last that long, but they aren't built to fail, as you imply.
posted: Mar. 26, 2013 @ 5:45p
They are indeed built for obsolescence! My panasonic 50" plasma lasted 36 months. Flashing LED light (7 times) indicates board failure. Had to scrap it, and not too pleased.This TV was made in 2009 and i bought it in 2010.
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