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Last Edited by widgit November 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Just got a notification from best buy with their black friday ad, this seems to be the best deal
Panasonic - 50" Class (49-1/2" Diag.) - LED - 1080p - 60Hz - HDTV - Model: TC-50A400U • SKU: 4875001
for $199.99 + tax, in-store only

Prices valid:
November 27-29, 2014

this will probably be very limited stock
The current price listed on bestbuy.com is $500, and it also seems strange that it's only available in store and it's a best buy exclusive.

go here for the ad:
http://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/#h...3709369544

the reviews on the main page for this item go back to June, and seem to be mostly positive:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/panas...Id=4875001
here's panasonic's page with all the info:
http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-50A400U
http://shop.panasonic.com/images/...2H_400.png

Just a theory, but panasonic may have come out with this model strictly with the purpose of selling it cheap on black friday.
maybe someone can comment on whether it's common for B&M stores to have exclusive TV models.
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Last Edited by iSuperman December 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM
A few things to know:

Price Matching
Much of this thread deals with Price Matching. It should be noted that price matching is very much a YMMV type of thing, especially since successful price matching relies on your ability to do your homework and submit exact and proper documentation. That said... here's a brief rundown on the price matching discussions.

Best Buy: There is no way, and no how that you will get BB to PM this deal. There have been lots of suggestions on how you might do this, but all will fail. Don't even bother.

Discover: The most discussed, and possibly the most successful PM is using Discover. There are a lot of people asking how to do this with Discover, what steps to take, etc, etc. Bottom line: you need to review the Discover Price Protection Terms & Conditions [discover.com] as well as the SD Discover thread/wiki on Discover Price Protection. Questions regarding PM with Discover are best directed to the aforementioned Discover thread, not this one.

Other Credit Cards (Chase, AMEX, etc): This is an extremely YMMV deal. Many/most CCs will probably deny saying that this is a limited stock item, therefore they will not PM it.

General Advice:
  1. Take screen shots of everything. You cannot document too much. Make sure product screen shots include the make/model of the TV.
  2. Many BBs have pulled this TV from the floor to reserve them for BB's Black Friday. If you go, and there are seemingly none available, you will probably need to do some sweet-talking. Don't over talk it or explain it. Just be polite and ask for the specific TV. Personally, I find playing a bit dumb and dragging my little kids along works well (IMHO, small, polite & cute children seem to disrupt many sales rep's thought process).
  3. BB's normal return policy is 15 days (unless you are an Elite or Elite Plus member). However, during the holiday season they extend holiday purchases until January 15. Be wary of any BB employee trying to write on your receipt that your purchase is not available for the Holiday Return & Exchange Promise [bestbuy.com].
  4. Many experienced SDers will not open the TV until they at least have approval of their PM, and many of those SDers will even wait until they have their PM check in hand.
  5. There is a lot of conjecture if this TV is even worth $200, let alone $500. Let's get this straight: it's a 50" TV with a refresh of 60HZ. The color matching is not stellar, but for many it is passable. It is not a 4K TV with a 240HZ refresh. If you don't watch a lot of fast moving TV, and you're not overly picky about "true" color reproduction, you should be happy with this TV. See this AVS Forum for more for a technical/critical review of the EU version of this TV. [avforums.com]

Final Thoughts
  1. Don't get overly invested in this deal. If your sole focus is on this deal, you'll miss other deals.
  2. The long-standing SD mantra is that you do not call, ask, or publicly discuss deals like this... especially with the store or your credit card (if you're PMing with a CC). If for some reason you still want to call your CC, make sure that you talk to the Price Protection department, and not the first line rep. First line reps will not be as familiar with the CC's T&Cs and will almost always try to discourage you.


RECOMMENDED PICTURE SETTINGS BY User: iSuperman

These are MY SETTINGS [link to post] for the TV.

The original settings were terrible outta the box, but went thru some different settings and finally came to the settings that I like.

I am actually really, really, really enjoying this TV for $200, can't complain at all.

I hope this setting of mine helps at least one person! Smilie

Picture mode: Custom

Backlight: 88

Contrast: 90

Brightness: 62

Color: 40

Tint: 0

Sharpness: 37

Color temp: Normal

AI Picture: OFF
Video NR: OFF

ADVANCED:

Screen Format: Full

HD Size: Size 2 (if you don't select this, you'll lose part of the picture on the screen)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! hug

Sincerely, iSuperman

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#3
It's very common for stores to have exclusive tv models. Usually just small variations, or maybe even the same tv with slightly different model numbers.
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Thanks for posting this. Seems like a good deal worth waiting a few hours outside of Best Buy.

I wondering how many of these TVs will be available at each store.
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Quote from fishprinter View Post :
Thanks for posting this. Seems like a good deal worth waiting a few hours outside of Best Buy.

I wondering how many of these TVs will be available at each store.

I believe a min of 5, but that may be the max also.
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It does look like you could *maybe* find one in store now to do a Discover Price Protection match?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/panas...Id=4875001
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I believe a min of 5, but that may be the max also.
only 5? well, that means I have almost zero chance. There is already one guy with a tent outside the only Best Buy in my area. He and his wife made the local TV news a few days ago.
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Here's one of two reviews from shop.panasonic.com (I Googled the model number and that's where it brought me). The other review had no useful feedback. Some may find this helpful while others won't

Green parts of image hugely oversatuated.
Date:July 2, 2014
Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Did not meet expectations
"This television could be an absolute steal for the price, if it weren't for one thing: The color reproduction. Try and try you might but this TV at any color, brightness, contrast, or any other setting you could possibly tweak, turns anything green or yellow into the same shade of pine-tree green.
The only way to circumvent this issue (which I guess would involve turning off the color processing this TV is very determined to do) is to set the input resolution of your device to 1366x768. That is the highest resolution setting you can use that doesn't trigger what I'm going to refer to as "pine tree mode". I have seen this on several units of the same model. Of course I can't test the resolution thing in a store but I assume other units would respond the same way and the green color reproduction flaw is readily apparent once you notice it.
It seems very sad to have to use a lower resolution to get around a design flaw like this. It is a very interesting issue, because you can put up any color calibration image you wish, and you will easily be able to get a basic balance of red, green, blue, and the various shades of gray. You'll think you've got it fairly decent, you'll switch back to whatever source image or video you first noticed the green problem on, and boom, everything is the same shade of green again. Grass that is fairly yellow when viewed on at the 1366x768 resolution turns absolutely surreal green at 720P, 1080i or 1080p, and most other resolutions. You could describe it as the television thinking green and yellow are one and the same at standard HDTV resolutions.
Again, to be clear, this issue doesn't occur at the 1366x768 resolution, so I am certain it is an image processing issue with the television. Same source video put into the TV from three different devices at 1080P gets the green overdose treatment. Same video at 1366x768 from two of the devices looks normal, and the same source video looks normal on any laptop, tablet, or other monitor I view it on. It IS the television doing this.
Thankfully my computer and my video game system both offer resolution options, but a streaming device I have doesn't, which renders it almost unusable to me with this television.
As a consumer, you should be aware of the issue with this model. You shouldn't expect state of the art picture quality on a 50" LED this cheaply priced. You SHOULD however not expect every outdoor scene in a TV show, movie, or video game to have the exact same color green. It's ridiculous, this is clearly a software issue that needs to be addressed with a firmware update. Fix it, and this TV will be unbeatable for the price."
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So what would stop me from buying this television today for $499 in store and going to the customer service desk and doing an exchange rebuy for store pricing ($199) assuming they won't price match from the get-go?
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So what would stop me from buying this television today for $499 in store and going to the customer service desk and doing an exchange rebuy for store pricing ($199) assuming they won't price match from the get-go?
You only get the black Friday price if you're holding a ticket for this TV which is usually given to the first few people who line up.
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Since the ad is out discover is letting me price match the tv now. I am going to pick this tv up at best buy and file a price protection on it today. Wont open the tv till it goes thru and then dont have to deal with lines on black friday. Score.

Edit: the Sku is the same and the model is the same for what best buy is selling now and on black friday so price protection with discover should not be a problem.
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Since the ad is out discover is letting me price match the tv now. I am going to pick this tv up at best buy and file a price protection on it today. Wont open the tv till it goes thru and then dont have to deal with lines on black friday. Score.

Edit: the Sku is the same and the model is the same for what best buy is selling now and on black friday so price protection with discover should not be a problem.
how to do that?
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Probably why these two been waiting in line at CA BestBuy for six days now. http://patch.com/california/banni...ay-deals-0

They beat all the deal sites. LOL!
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Quote from Greenstreak9205 View Post :
Here's one of two reviews from shop.panasonic.com (I Googled the model number and that's where it brought me). The other review had no useful feedback. Some may find this helpful while others won't

Green parts of image hugely oversatuated.
Date:July 2, 2014
Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Did not meet expectations
"This television could be an absolute steal for the price, if it weren't for one thing: The color reproduction. Try and try you might but this TV at any color, brightness, contrast, or any other setting you could possibly tweak, turns anything green or yellow into the same shade of pine-tree green.
The only way to circumvent this issue (which I guess would involve turning off the color processing this TV is very determined to do) is to set the input resolution of your device to 1366x768. That is the highest resolution setting you can use that doesn't trigger what I'm going to refer to as "pine tree mode". I have seen this on several units of the same model. Of course I can't test the resolution thing in a store but I assume other units would respond the same way and the green color reproduction flaw is readily apparent once you notice it.
It seems very sad to have to use a lower resolution to get around a design flaw like this. It is a very interesting issue, because you can put up any color calibration image you wish, and you will easily be able to get a basic balance of red, green, blue, and the various shades of gray. You'll think you've got it fairly decent, you'll switch back to whatever source image or video you first noticed the green problem on, and boom, everything is the same shade of green again. Grass that is fairly yellow when viewed on at the 1366x768 resolution turns absolutely surreal green at 720P, 1080i or 1080p, and most other resolutions. You could describe it as the television thinking green and yellow are one and the same at standard HDTV resolutions.
Again, to be clear, this issue doesn't occur at the 1366x768 resolution, so I am certain it is an image processing issue with the television. Same source video put into the TV from three different devices at 1080P gets the green overdose treatment. Same video at 1366x768 from two of the devices looks normal, and the same source video looks normal on any laptop, tablet, or other monitor I view it on. It IS the television doing this.
Thankfully my computer and my video game system both offer resolution options, but a streaming device I have doesn't, which renders it almost unusable to me with this television.
As a consumer, you should be aware of the issue with this model. You shouldn't expect state of the art picture quality on a 50" LED this cheaply priced. You SHOULD however not expect every outdoor scene in a TV show, movie, or video game to have the exact same color green. It's ridiculous, this is clearly a software issue that needs to be addressed with a firmware update. Fix it, and this TV will be unbeatable for the price."

At $499, that's a very bad reviews.

However, at $199, I'll live with it. Especially considering that I plan to put this TV in a corner in the bathroom so I can take a bath and watch TV at the same time. Currently there's an old 26-inch tube TV there, but it's too far from the bathtub.
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Probably why these two been waiting in line at CA BestBuy for six days now. http://patch.com/california/banni...ay-deals-0

They beat all the deal sites. LOL!
Guess they don't have a discover card.
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