I bought this TV or one very similar to it (40" TCL LCD) at BB last holiday season. Surprisingly nice TV. I think I paid about $300 at the time as well.
I have it in my office. Received many compliments on the picture.
Sound sucks but good enough for office. Go with a sound bar if using at home.
I read here in another SD thread that these are Samsung panels that are used in the TCL.