Did some power shopping yesterday, hoping to nail something down prior to the Super Bowl.
Interesting encounter with Sears. Found a good deal at their online site for a $899 LCD marked down to $549, a model with good reviews at Consumer Reports and elsewhere. Sears also has a current special with rewards points multiplied by 5 (convertible to cash on future purchases), but only in store purchases get the special multiplier.
Went to my local Sears. After an extensive search, found the model in question on display. The DISPLAY MODEL was on sale for $719. I pointed this out to the salesperson, and noted that I could buy the same model new for $549 online from Sears- and showed them a printed copy of the online ad. I also noted, while waiting, that the same model was shown in this week's print ad for $699- so they were actually selling a used model there for $20 more than the sale price for a new one.
The salesperson danced me around for some time, and talked about availability and inventories and incoming new models next month. Bottom line was that so many are allocated per region, and none are available in the Twin Cities. When you try to purchase the online $549 special, it tells you that delivery is not available in your zip code.
Talk about bait and switch. I left, disgusted. Best Buy had the same TV on sale for $699 next door. They refused to match the advertised special from Sears, even for their floor model which was also marked down a little further.
But...Amazon has the same TV on sale for $549, with free shipping and no sales tax.
I think I'll go that route, even if it doesn't show up by Super Sunday. The brick and mortar folks need to get their act together.