I have been a long-time beneficiary of this website. Thought I would give back a bit by sharing my personal slickdeal experience. Two weeks ago I finally took the plunge as I have been in the market for a while now hunting for a new top-of-the-line UHD Smart TV. I have been eyeing the Sony 65A1E for a long-time but had held off because I kept seeing better deals on the LG equivalent (my view) OLED 65E7P. The Sony A1E's price was stuck stubbornly at the $3,499 level, which was much higher than what could be achieved by the LG 65E7P even accounting for the Sony premium, which I would have gladly paid. It suffices to say that I was not a happy camper watching everyone making deals all over the place on the various LG OLED models. Sony must have all the retailers locked up very tight on their price control program for their first consumer OLED to protect price degradation in future model years.
So I decided to test out Greentoe despite not having used it before up to this point. I was encouraged by the kind of deals that I was seeing folks make on the LG B7Ps and C7Ps on Greentoe. In sum I only have good things to say about my experience this time. Let me hit the highlights for you:
- I made an initial offer on Greentoe for the 65A1E starting at about 30% below the prevailing street price of $3,499.
- After various counter-offers from both sides over a course of 7 days, I finally accepted a counter-offer for $2,795. This is 20% below the Sony set street price so I was very satisfied.
- I found out only after accepting the offer (and committing to go through with the deal) who the dealer actually selling the unit is - all you need to know is that it is an Sony-authorized and reputable dealer.
- It took a few days for Greentoe to work with the dealer to actually get the unit ordered and shipped - you could say this is a downside but one that I gladly accepted.
- The unit was shipped by Fedex cross-country and took three days. The Fedex delivery guy did not know what was inside the really heavy box; the box (outside of the Sony box) was not marked fragile or correct side up etc. so there was a risk that some small amount of less than stellar handling occurred enroute. But I can see why this was necessary for the price to be what it was.
- I can confirm that the unit is a brand new unit from Sony. All packaging materials were new and unopened.
So for those of you contemplating this deal, you have to know what kind of TV buyer I am:
- I don't stand 5-inches in front of my TV checking if every pixel is working.
- I don't run between Best Buy and my home staring at the display sets and then the one I purchased to confirm if there are minor flaws or image quality issues.
- If there is no outright problem (e.g. crack on the screen) I am not going to return a TV that just took me 2 hours to setup.
- I don't care for white-glove surface.
I hope this helps everybody, especially those who want a Sony OLED over the LGs but are bummed about Sony's pricing strategy in their first OLED model year. Please don't start a flame war in this thread about which TV is better. Both the Sony and LGs are great TVs and it boils down to personal preference.
P.S. This time I did not have to deal with a return or exchange through Greentoe. Would like to hear of experiences by others who had to do an exchange or return because sometimes things just happen and its not Greentoe's or the dealer's fault.